Roseanne is running for president (not a joke)
February 3rd, 2012
09:21 AM ET
6 years ago

Roseanne is running for president (not a joke)

(CNN) – The Green Party welcomed comedian Roseanne Barr as a presidential candidate Friday, following her Twitter announcement.

A spokesman for the grassroots movement said she completed the party's requirements to run under the Green banner and will promote their platform ahead of the 2012 election.

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Scott McLarty, national media coordinator for the party, said Barr and Jill Stein, the other candidate that met the qualifications, are committed to ending the influence of corporate money on politics and elections and served as active participants in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

"She's showing that she really is understanding what the Green Party is about and support our positions and our values," McLarty said of Barr. "It's great that someone who is so well known is campaigning not just in the party but for the party."

Barr, who previously supported President Barack Obama, announced her bid Thursday via Twitter.

"I am running for Green Party nominee for POTUS. I am an official candidate. I am4 the Greening of America&theworld. Green=peace/justice," she wrote.

The former star of "Roseanne," the sitcom that ran from 1988 to 1997, has flirted with a run in the past, telling Jay Leno over the summer, perhaps jokingly that she intended to campaign for the White House. She briefly starred in the Lifetime series "Roseanne's Nuts" in 2011 that documented her life on a macadamia nut and livestock farm in Hawaii and has since appeared at Occupy events.

Stein, a medical doctor and environmental and health advocate, ran for Massachusetts state representative in 2004 and secretary of state in 2006 as a member of the Green-Rainbow Party.

Six individuals, including Barr and Stein, filed with the Federal Election Commission to register as 2012 Green Party presidential candidates. However, the party is currently only recognizing Barr and Stein due to internal rules that include requiring the submission of a financial report and a list of supporters.

Greens typically emphasize environmentalism, participatory democracy, free speech and social justice and have achieved some electoral success at the local level. Ralph Nader most notably ran for president in 1996 and 2000 as a Green, capturing nearly 3 million votes in the later contest.

The party's national convention ahead of the 2012 race will take place in Baltimore between July 12 and July 15 and McLarty said the Green nomination will offer welcome relief from the GOP battle and dissatisfaction with Obama.

"We have a pair of candidates who are running for working Americans," McLarty said.

And of course, he added, "the publicity is great."

Barr did not return a request for comment from CNN.

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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Expat American

    I just hope that she has recovered from her appearance in the 'Snickers' ad. Running for President takes a toll on one's health.

    February 3, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Taylor

    she needs to go back where she come she really going to make US look like clowns.

    February 3, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. patNY

    Hope she doesn't have the Nader effect on Obama.

    February 3, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Clyde

    And this underscores why the green party is uch a pathetic joke!

    February 3, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. razmataz

    I don't care what the headline says-it's definitely a joke! This cow just needs to go crawl in a hole somewhere!!!

    February 3, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Rsprings

    It's sad that these people mock our election process. While it isn't perfect it is the best system in the world and it works.

    February 3, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. SCOTT

    This is news worthy, why even give this rich out of touch person a platform.

    February 3, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Let the petty fighting begin between her and Trump. The two of them deserve each other.

    AND, we need the entertainment ..................................

    February 3, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Roseanne is running for president (not a joke)"

    Indeed. She's less of a joke than the clown parade the GOP/Teatrolls have offered up.

    February 3, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Reg Cliff

    Ah, so it is Green as in Green Day, with the Green Party.

    February 3, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. mr. ciggar


    February 3, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. John

    YAWN. Waste of space. If green party really wanted to be a force in american politics, they should have got a veteran with proven record like al gore, rick perry, Alan greenspan, sarah palin or whatever

    February 3, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Marty

    Makes evolutionary sense to have a comedian as the next president. After all, the current president is a joke.

    February 3, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. JasonP

    I like Roseanne, but every vote for her is a vote taken away from Obama, and we don't need that.

    February 3, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. bill

    better than what the repubes have running

    February 3, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. mrKarnes

    You go girl

    February 3, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. ckbabs

    This has to be a joke... Seriously? Her true patriotism was accurately displayed when she sang the National Anthem like a hyena.
    I can't even begin to fathom the massive trouble we'd be in if she was POTUS.

    February 3, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. cbinal

    Wow, this just shows you what a joke the Green Party really is.

    February 3, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    This is rich. EVERY vote she gets from the tree-hugging eco-fascist moonbats is one less vote for Obama.

    Roseanne/Euell Gibbons 2012

    February 3, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Straight Shooter

    I guess you could say they really lowered the Barr!

    February 3, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. blake

    Why? The man currently occupying the office is a really bad joke.

    February 3, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Saboth

    Well, better than the Republican candidates at least.

    February 3, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. MisterPL

    At least she'll try to be intentionally funny, unlike the other jokers.

    February 3, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Ed 1

    She is a joke again just another Hollywood person wasting money when she knows there is not a chance in hell of winning.

    February 3, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Snoopz

    Really? Is the Green Party trying to become more of a joke than it already is?

    February 3, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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