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. TRH

    Good! She can join the rest of the comedians already running!

    February 3, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Sandy

    Go home, Roseann!

    Obama 2012!

    February 3, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. coder

    well – i'd believe in her, about as much as I do the current group of comedians running for president...

    February 3, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. I thought you had to be funny

    to be a comedian

    February 3, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Dr Knowitall

    Pleaase no !
    I guess she is just another in a long line of narcissists that need to pad their ego s a little since they are no longer in the limelight.

    February 3, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. PraiseTheLard

    If she does run, she'll have at least my vote...

    February 3, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Jack

    The minute you seen the picture you knew this was going to be on the Colbert Report tonight!

    February 3, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Guess What

    its a joke and so is this idiot

    February 3, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The country is collapsing and these looney tunes are nothing but publicity hounds. I wish the media would just ignore these fools. All they do is cheapen the process and turn elections into farces. Anybody voting for Barr is a prime candidate for the sanitarium.

    February 3, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Anonymous

    nice selection on photo, makes her look so credible, cnn = joke

    February 3, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. freeme10

    I can ignore her zaniness enough to realize that she will be the only candidate without Super PAC assistance. These days, that is good enough for my vote. If you believe that money should not have the upper hand in elections, perhaps you will do the same.

    February 3, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Swimmer

    I will never forgive Ralph Nader for steadfastly dividing the Left during the Gore / Bush campaign. The numbers don't lie. Nader caused Gore's defeat so we ended up with Bush and we all know the disaster that was the Bush presidency. Roseanne and any other Green is free to run, but in the end she and all other splinter candidates should unite under one banner. If the majority on the Left support the Green party candidate, then the Democrat should cave, and vice versa. The people, united, will never be defeated!

    February 3, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Stop the Charade

    Talk about scary!

    February 3, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. American Greed

    Newt Gingrich is running for president. We already have a comedian running.

    February 3, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Peikoviany

    A horse of the apocalypse, if ever there was one.

    February 3, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. James Ruston

    Nader assured Bush's election. At least we can't expect this of Ms. Barr.

    February 3, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Oh no, not another vote stealer from the Democrats! Why, why, why?????!!!!!! All this does is take away votes from Obama and give them to someone who has ZERO chances of ever being elected as POTUS! Nader did this for the same reasons but it doesn't work. I am all for the Green Party but this is a very, very bad move. Every vote for the Green Party is a vote for a Republican because it takes away votes from President Obama. Roseanne is delusional even though she is on the right side of consumer and environmental protection.

    Roseanne, you need to think hard about what you are doing before you leap. You are essentially giving the GOP a boost and fighting chance, which is a big no no. Work with Obama instead of against him.

    February 3, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. AreWeTherYet

    Just as you think the 2012 race couldn't get any stranger.... Maybe it really is the end of the world....

    February 3, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Jack Be Humble

    I can't believe Roseanne will draw enough votes to spoil President Obama's chances (one way or the other), so all power to her. I hope she raises green awareness, and pumps a little greenhouse gas into her career.

    February 3, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Andrew Drinker

    Well, that's great, but in this winner-take-all system, it's really hard to support a 3rd party in a national election. Perhaps if we had a coalition-style parliamentary democracy it would be different, but that's not our system.

    If Mitt Romney gets the Republican nomination and this in turn ticks off arch conservatives enough to run a 3rd party candidate, or if Ron Paul runs as a 3rd party, then by all means, help the Greens get 5% in a national election so they can get matching funds going forward. But short of that, sadly, it's hard to find a way voting for a Green candidate in a national election will accomplish anything except dilute the progressive vote.

    February 3, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Phil in KC

    No, it really IS a joke. Please.

    February 3, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. yogotti

    Please no one else respond...i want to let this joke die some more

    February 3, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. David

    The Green Party issues would be taken more seriously if they didn't hitch their wagon to this horse.

    February 3, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. nunya


    February 3, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. PraiseTheLard

    Should she actually run, she'll have my vote.

    February 3, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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