New group paves way for alternative 2012 choice
December 29th, 2011
12:32 PM ET
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New group paves way for alternative 2012 choice

Washington (CNN) – Are you feeling uninspired this election season? Are you sick of all the attention being slathered on a small group of die-hard partisans in Iowa and New Hampshire? Do you think the political system's broken and your voice is ignored?

If you're looking for a change from the usual left-right, liberal-conservative, Democrat-Republican dynamic, you may get your wish. There's a new group in the 2012 election, and it's aiming to redefine presidential politics by going around the major party machines and putting an alternative choice on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    I don't care if there's a 3rd party candidate. I invite it actually. All a 3rd party candidate is going to do is take votes away from the republican candidate.

    December 29, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Seems to me that Republicans are looking for something to fall back on, just in case they have a flawed nominee come September. Somehow, I don't think they will put up a liberal on the ticket. Although, there have been reports of robo calls to minority voters calling for all sorts of things ranging from nominating HIllary Clinton to outright suggesting that an Obama re-election would mean another bank bailout because of health care reform.

    December 29, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Actually, I think there are a significant number of Democrats looking for an alternative to Obama but not quite on board with Mitt Romney's conservative approach. I wish this new group well. But I still like Romney.

    December 29, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Me

    This is hilarious. We already have a centrist party. They're called the democrats. Seriously, how progressive are their policy choices really? The republicans are, for the most part, way out on the fringe right. What this country really needs is a left-wing with some power. Any power. One that is not consistently ignored by the corporate media. Why does no one ever mention the rightward drift of the center over the last 30 years? Basically this leaves the American people with a false choice and most of them are not smart enough to even notice.

    December 29, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    It appears to be Democratic Party based, as a way to split the Republican vote, and hand the election to Obama.

    This election is NOT the time to take that risk.

    December 29, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    I don't trust these "third party" groups. One that purported to be left of center was floated a few months ago, and it turned out to be a ringer funded by the koch machine. Be very careful when looking at third party "alternatives".

    December 29, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "All a 3rd party candidate is going to do is take votes away from the republican candidate."
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    Go tell that to Al Gore.

    December 29, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door

    Actually, I think there are a significant number of Democrats looking for an alternative to Obama but not quite on board with Mitt Romney's conservative approach. I wish this new group well. But I still like Romney.
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    Is that a commitment to a specific candidate until the end of primary season, and hopefully beyond? It's getting pretty late in the evening, Prince Charming. How many more wannabes are you going to let try on the glass slippers until you've found your Cinderella to run against Pres. Obama?

    December 29, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    The truth is conservatives are unhappy, they don’t like Mitt Romney. If Mitt Romney is GOP nominee then third party candidate will emerge
    Now some conservatives are saying New Mexico for Obama.
    look like they gave up 2012

    December 29, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Tony

    Remember, in case the third candidate takes some electoral votes, and no one gets 270 electoral votes, the House of Representatives picks the president. This explains the ringer funded by the Koch brothers. In case no one gets 270 votes, Republicans win if they can hang on to the House.

    December 29, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I'm sure the Democrats would just love to see a 3rd party candidate muck up the works and hand Obama another 4 years. This is exactly how Bill Clinton got elected the first time. Republicans need to keep hammering the message over and over. The only REAL way to get rid of Obama, Obamacare and all of Obama's leftist policies is to VOTE REPUBLICAN for the Whitehouse, House and Senate. Otherwise, Obamacare WILL wreck our healthcare system. Voting for 3rd party candidates is a vote for Obama and the ruination of this country.

    December 29, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Me

    Truth, you do realize that "Obamacare" is the republican healthcare reform plan from 1994, don't you? I'm still waiting for any "socialist" policies to be applied to our current problems. Even one. When all of the repubs and half of the democrats are conservative, guess what kind of policies we've had implemented for the last 30 years? Conservativism = epic fail.

    December 29, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "Truth, you do realize that "Obamacare" is the republican healthcare reform plan from 1994, don't you? "
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    It was wrong then, and it's wrong now.

    December 29, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door
    How many more wannabes are you going to let try on the glass slippers until you've found your Cinderella to run against Pres. Obama?
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    Isn't the process all about listening to what they are saying about their vision, their approach to the job, their capabilities and the policies they present? I like going into the campaign season with an open mind and listening to what each candidate offers. So far I like Romney best. But who knows? That may change. I don't believe anyone is "destined" or "ordained" for the job. I think they need to earn it. Right now I believe Mitt Romney deserves it and America needs what he can deliver.

    December 29, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Me

    Fair is Fair-–
    "It was wrong then, and it's wrong now."

    Agreed. The whole thing was written by healthcare and pharmaceutical lobbyists. Nixon had a more progressive healthcare reform plan, fer cryin' out loud.

    December 29, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Four and the Door wrote:

    Isn't the process all about listening to what they are saying about their vision, their approach to the job, their capabilities and the policies they present? I like going into the campaign season with an open mind and listening to what each candidate offers. So far I like Romney best.
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    I will give an "A" for consistency. You've been saying that since at least June. Your excuse then was that you wanted to wait for [TAA DAA] Rick Perry. Now, here we are six months later, Perry folded one month into it [OOPS], everyone in the field has been vetted in the media, and we have seen umpteen debates.

    Tell you what. You have two more debates coming up. When they are concluded, then I will officially assign you to Willard. For now, I will assign to Mitt. But, I reserve the right to change my mind. Assign you Willard now, and Mitt later.

    December 29, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    People are waking up. President Obama is the best Republican ever. Ron Paul is the only true conservative left in his party, which has sold out to the elites and neocons.. It's all getting very strange. Ron Paul gets my vote as the only man left with any principles.

    December 29, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Truth, you do realize that "Obamacare" is the republican healthcare reform plan from 1994, don't you? I'm still waiting for any "socialist" policies to be applied to our current problems. Even one. When all of the repubs and half of the democrats are conservative, guess what kind of policies we've had implemented for the last 30 years? Conservativism = epic fail.
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    Honestly, I don't care who concocted the notion that the federal government has any business running healthcare, I just know I don't want ANY part of it. The government has not shown it is capable of running Amtrak, the post office or ANYTHING properly, efficiently and with quality. All things have down sides, but the government has a unique ability to turn EVERYTHING into one massive downside.

    And if you think this country was run by conservatives for the last 30 years, then you must be a close relative of Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez!! Democrats controlled the House for over 40 years STRAIGHT until the 1990s! How much of today's problem can be traced back to all that ONE party rule? A LOT!

    December 29, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. John

    Huntsman can shove it. He's disingenuous to Americans. On the one hand he wants to call out Paul for 20 year old newsletters that have been disavowed countless times both in the present and in the past but on the other hand he wants to ignore large blocks of the American populace. So Huntsman do you really care about all Americans or just a select few in New Hampshire? I refuse to back any candidate willing to ignore certain "groups" of people. Isn't that what racism is about. Disparaging groups of people? Are New Hampshire groups of people more important than Iowans? Apparently they are to Huntsman who's willingly ignoring a large segment of the population in the name of getting elected. If he's willing to do this to Iowans how can he be trusted to represent the true will of Americans in ALL areas of the country. What a hypocrite. Furthermore, the spoiled rich kid is running a third rate campaign. He didn't even get on the ballot in Virginia! How can he say he wants to represent the people of this country when he's ignoring large blocks of the populace like that?

    December 29, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Bob in Pa

    Give me a break ! Do you people know who Peter Ekerman is ?
    Ever heard of the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict ? Can you say huge liberal crusading for Obama in sheeps clothing. Pay no head to this wizard behind the curtain! Shame on the Ticker staff for even trying to pass this group off as valid third party politics.

    December 29, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "Isn't the process all about listening to what they are saying about their vision, their approach to the job, their capabilities and the policies they present?"

    Wow, you are so naive. Do you also believe in the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny? Elections in America are all about propaganda and manipulation. Karl Rove is one of the best known examples, and the Kochheads are two others. You are given only lies to sway your simple-minded vote. And you fall for it, hook, line and sinker. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

    December 29, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |