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

    Help! I'm having another meltdown – Roseanne can do as she pleases – BUT OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. StuckInTX

    The things people will do to revive a flagging career!

    February 3, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Jeff

    Apparantly...comedians like Rosanne and Colbert all think electing a President is all just a joke. These so-called comedians know they have no shot at winning first of all. They are just trying to get people to talk about them again.

    And even if they did win...they have no intentions on staying..they would give the presidency up to someone qualified.

    I think these comedians need to find other ways to make themselves relevant. Electing a President is serious business and not to be made fun of.

    February 3, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. RockoSee

    Wow, so it is possible to write a tweet that is too long and boring.

    February 3, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Joe Sweeney

    In a related story, the Green Party formally announced that it is now politically irrelevant.

    February 3, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. TODAY

    ME TOO

    February 3, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. JPX

    So let me get this straight; the uneducated Barr, who clearly has borderline personality disorder (among other problems) wants to be president? Why is she bothering with this nonsense? I know that her recent reality show was a bust and her farming business tanked, but is she that desperate for media exposure? Why not have Snooki run?

    February 3, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. woops

    she mocks the election process & the delegates because the entire process in and of itself, including the delegates, IS a mockery.

    have at it, roseanne.

    February 3, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Matt

    I'm COMPLETELY voting for her. If Roseanne Barr is on the ballot, she has at least one vote. Mine. She speaks her mind and champions the causes that I support. That she's running on the Green Party ticket is even better. Shame on the democrats for not being more decisive and supportive of environmental issues. This is NOT a two party system even if the Repugs and Patheticrats would have us believe it to be. ROSEANNE 2012!

    February 3, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. JPX

    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??!!!
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    Last time I checked it was the republicans who gave us Palin, Perry, Newt, Bush...

    February 3, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. woops

    does anyone realize that people like roseanne and colbert jokingly (or supposedly not) run for office because the entire process has turned into such a circus?

    theyre not disrespecting a revered national process, theyre merely showing what a JOKE it has become. kudos.

    February 3, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. DeeNYC

    Why not? she has as good a chance at becoming president as any other republican candidate.

    February 3, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. GetReal

    THIS is why no one takes the Green Party seriously.

    February 3, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. dondijon

    Today I'm wearing a smile that you could not wipe off with a 2×4, I've been saying for almost 30 years now if She ever ran I'd vote for her and I've been an Alaska Green party member for aprox.26 of those... Go Rosie!!!

    February 3, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Ralph Nader

    And the Green Party has officially turned itself into an irrelevant joke. Apparently they've been watching too much Daily Show and are confusing satire with actual politics.

    February 3, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Ralph Nader

    And the Green Party has officially turned itself into an irrelevant joke. Apparently they've been watching too much of the daily show and are confusing satire with actual politics.

    February 3, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. AmericanPeasant

    Look at it this way folks.
    Obama is lousy
    Mitt is lousy
    Newt is lousy

    No matter who we elect they are just gonna be as bad as the next dude. In fact all threee of them besides some very minor differences pretty much have similar ideas.

    Just kick back and enjoy the show. When you couldn't think it get any better, here comes Roseanne.

    February 3, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. tannim

    Does the Green Party have a death wish just like the Libertarian Party?

    February 3, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. larkk

    I hope not ... I believe it is to late to be considered, and besides is she going to run the country like she sang the national anthiem.. and we all know she made a mockery of that ... Really folks

    February 3, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. ddb880

    She could never compete with the comedians the GOP have.

    February 3, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Jerry

    No joke! Of course not,; she IS the joke!

    February 3, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Get over it

    Barr/Trump 2012!!!

    February 3, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Kcharb

    Does anyone remember what Regan did before he was president? Acting! And Republicans still try to run things by using Reganomics.

    February 3, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. TwM

    Well this is good news, Hopefully she actually carries through with this and gets nominated. She couldn't do worse than what we currently have or had. Like i said ANYBODY but OBAMA.

    February 3, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    @ Rsprings

    What makes you think the American election process is the "best in the world"? How many have you studied?

    What about in 2000, when the losing candidate was awarded the Presidency?

    What about the fact that elections are bought & paid for, especially now with Super PACS, and your reps don't actually work on your behalf at all. They could alleviate so many of your society's problems if they did, but the system works well for the rich just as it is, so they go through the motions of slanting the rules in their favour while pretending to care. The so-called American dream is to keep you working harder for them, and to convince you it's all fair.

    I think you need to learn more about other democracies to see how they work. The American system is far from its stated ideal of representation of the people, for the people, and by the people. It's a joke.

    February 3, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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