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

    Her running mate will be Carrot Top.

    February 3, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. PraiseTheLard

    If it should turn out that she becomes a candidate, she will have my vote.

    February 3, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. astuartgirl

    At least we KNOW she is a comedian and not a yokel like some I could name.

    February 3, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Abril

    Don't be Ralph Nader, Roseanne! Don't split the vote!!

    February 3, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. MediaStudent

    Wow...um...I don't know what to think of this.

    February 3, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Dave Petrovich

    Roseanne, if you advocate a single payer healthcare delivery system, and patients before profit as embodied in Expanded and Improved Medicare For All (HR676) and want to book speaking events in NJ, please email me ASAP

    February 3, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Katie

    Great!!! The last thing we need is another politician in office, it's time we had not only a woman for president, but someone who understands what the REAL people want!! :)

    February 3, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. vet in texas

    She would be better than Trump, Bachmann, Palin, Cain, and Perry combined, I actually thought their debates, and candidacies were actually comedy shows anyway.

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    February 3, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. PK California

    If she is serious, why not try a little lowere as a Senator or something? No one with half a brain or less will vote for her. It's quite possible that she's only trying to draw sttention to her cause. Unfortunately the presidency is not a one cause job.

    February 3, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Matt

    She is no worse than any other candidate that is currently running. Our political system is a joke anyway, why not have a comedian running the show.....

    February 3, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Patrick

    This has to be the first time she has run for anything.

    February 3, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. George

    Rosie, I love you, but I'm voting for Obama.

    February 3, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. jw

    hope she learned how to sing the National Anthem first.

    February 3, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    JasonP - I like Roseanne, but every vote for her is a vote taken away from Obama, and we don't need that
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    Sure says a LOT about Obama voters doesn't it??!!!

    February 3, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Jim

    Well, if there was any doubt the Green Party was stupid, it's gone now

    February 3, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Big George in Big D

    Hey all you goofy dems – go vote for her. That will hurt Nobama's chances even more!! Go Roseanne!!

    February 3, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Nothing new here

    She can't be any worse than the other comedian/clowns running for office....

    February 3, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Jan Brewer

    Will Roseann consider The Donald or me for her VP?

    February 3, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Mike in NJ

    Stephen Colbert running for President is sublime satire that actually wouldn't be a terrible outcome if it were to come to pass, given his actual gravitas and intelligence.
    This woman running for President is a pathetic cry for help and, were it to actually happen, would be some kind of crazy dystopic future where we would all run screaming for Canada.

    February 3, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Don

    The Pat Paulsen vote has to go somewhere?

    February 3, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Kareen

    I hope she doesn't try and sing the National Anthem.
    Politics in the USA is a joke.

    February 3, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Kack

    Prediction! Her fame will influence enough people to actually vote for her and steal votes away from Obama. These people are like the animals being used to predict the Super winner, they don't really care who wins but they pretend to.

    February 3, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Triple A

    Oh Oh, She is exactly the kind of person that the Left would line up behind and support. She publicaly spat at the National Anthem and she has publically stated that rich people should be beheaded. So she hates America and hates free enterprise, at least she has the same qualifications as our current President.

    February 3, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. TomGI

    The Green Party deserves a candidate if the stupid Republican party can have a loaf like Newt. If Green chooses Roseanne good for them. I'm sure they vetted her and I happen to know she is a "green policy" supporter.

    February 3, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Lizzie

    Why not, go for it, If Al Franken can be elected(or stealing the election) why can't she, they both know only 4 letter words.

    February 3, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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