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

    How do we know she's going to be a joke? Because she's an actor? Because she's a comedian? Give me a break. I say let's give her a chance to prove she's a joke before branding her as one.

    February 3, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Lynda, California

    Welcome to the pitiful world of politics today. Running for President is not a joke, and anyone on the left who would seriously consider voting for Roseanne for green reasons is too extremist, and shouldn't be pandered to by the left. Pres. Obama has fought the good fight in all these areas. One issue voters are completely immature. Thanks for this worthless publicity for an out of work comedian.

    February 3, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. bubba

    And the Dems who gave us Obama, Frank, Pelosi, Reed, T. Kennedy....

    February 3, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. jay12312

    what a joke

    February 3, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Tina

    So, my vote for Nader in 2000, was considered by you intellectuals to be a vote for Bush? I was a Republican who decided enough was enough and voted third party. The joke of candidates in that election were Bush and Gore. I would NOT have voted for Gore. My vote was not what caused Gore to fail. Many people that I knew that voted for Nader were not going to vote for either of the candidates of the two major parties! So silly. Should McCain and his people spew the same crap about the 2008 election? Because that would be inaccurate also.


    February 3, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. tcrazypr

    She has my vote, anyone is better then the greedy yahoos running now. and won't trust the lot of them. Go Roseanne Go.

    February 3, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Lee65

    This from a woman who publicly and blatantly mocked the National Anthem. How pathetic – anything for attention? Roseann, you will NEVER revive your career.

    February 3, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. MasterWooten


    I surely DO wish that she'd have a Nader effect on Barrack Obama as he's had a Nader effect on the whole damn country to date. However she won't. Much as you liberals like to think it is, America is NOT social democratic Europe hence Green parties don't have a chance in this country.

    Roseanne will get no votes, she like many of you is an OWS type who talks nonsense.
    The only thing of note that she's accomplished recently is a bit of weight loss, but just when you're startin' to appreciate her for it, she opens her pie hole just wide enough for you to wish that it were already full.

    February 3, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. quagmire

    and Tom Arnold for vice president, true story

    February 3, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. WiredweirdinSF

    She sounds like the perfect democrat liberal candidate, but they already have someone goofier that her running and he is currently the President of the United States.

    February 3, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Not All Docs Play Golf

    The Green Party and Ralph Nader are the reason Bush was elected, by siphoning votes from the Democrat candidate.. Perfect example of their blind enthusiasm cutting off their own nose. Ron Paul would do the same to the Republicans if he ran as an independent. Please, Green party, put your votes with the mainstream Democrat candidates, or you end up hurting your own cause by getting a Republican, the polar opposite of your values, elected. I despise Ralph Nader to this day becuse of that.

    February 3, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. MasterWooten

    Yep, this is liberal Hollywood. Below average people with too much time and money on their hands. They're like grown children.

    And liberals like to claim the "intelligence" mantra. At least conservative flops have college degrees and have accomplished something big in life prior to their melt downs and screw ups.

    February 3, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Erica

    Less of a joke than Sarah! Looking at the playing field, there are lots of clowns out there vying for this slot. At least Roseanne would be for the people!

    February 3, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Green Tea

    If you read her "manifest-o" with out knowing who wrote it, you would probably agree with most of it (provided you are not a rightwing tool). But the corporate media would ignore it. But they can't ignore Rosanne. So all you haters just keep on spewing – there is no such thing as bad publicity.

    February 3, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. doug

    I can just see it now-as soon as she is inuagurated she will continue her reality show " roseanne's nuts " and start plowing away at the white house lawn&planting her macadamia nuts all around&have sprinklers turning around all about the place&then b4 u knowit she will then hand out free nuts2the people as a way2get them2re-elect her n 2016 !

    February 3, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Sussay

    I'd vote for Roseanne... I can take her more seriously than some of the clowns currently running.

    February 3, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Scary

    Oh come on all of you people that are upset about this. Whether you are angry because you think she makes a mockery of the presidential elections or you are appalled at the idea or her personally is irrelevant. The good thing about her nomination by the green party is that she will bring attention to the movement. We all know that an independent will not win the election, but her nomination will bring attention to the issues that the Green party is trying to achieve. At the very least, it will mean that some of their concerns may appear in a debate or force the two idiot parties we have to at least address the Green party concerns. For the past 4 years we have heard so much from the extreme right wing Tea party that it has rendered congress useless and ineffective. It is time to shed light on the extreme left wing and ultimately expose both extremes as the hindrance they really are. I applaud the nomination and hope she can grab as much attention as possible.

    February 3, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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