Effort launches to draft former GAO head into 2012 race
David Walker testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill March 11, 2008 in Washington, DC.
April 23rd, 2012
09:02 AM ET
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Effort launches to draft former GAO head into 2012 race

Washington (CNN) - A new effort launched Monday to draft former Comptroller General David Walker into the presidential race as a third party independent under the “Americans Elect” banner.

A group called “The Committee to Get Walker Running” is gunning to push supporters to the website of Americans Elect, a non-partisan group hoping to field a credible third party candidate this November.

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Americans Elect has so far secured ballot access in 25 states and will nominate their candidate in what's being billed as a "secure" online convention in June.

A potential candidate can qualify for the convention if he or she earns at least 10,000 clicks of support on the Americans Elect site.

The new effort - DraftWalker.com - calls the former Comptroller General a “modern day Ross Perot.”

“America needs a president with no strings attached, an independent leader who speaks the truth and seeks solutions,” a web video on the new site declares. “That leader is David Walker.”

The “youth-driven” draft effort is being steered by a pair of 20-something advocates for greater fiscal restraint in Washington: Yoni Gruskin, a co-founder of Concerned Youth of America and Ryan Schoenike, a co-founder of Young Americans for Federal Debt Awareness.

Walker served as Comptroller General, the head of the Government Accountability Office, from 1998 to 2008.

Though he has long been sounding the alarm on the dangers of debt and wasteful spending, Walker lacks the political experience and name recognition of some other potential candidates who have been floated for an Americans Elect bid, people like Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul.

But unlike them, Walker actually seems eager to take up the challenge.

He recently tweeted that he would “seriously consider” an Americans Elect bid if he qualified for the ballot and was asked about his interest in a third party challenge by the Washington Post.

“My mama told me a long time ago you never say never,” the Alabama native said.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. dreamer96

    Sorry but anybody that was in that position while GWBush and Cheney ran wild with spending is not getting my vote..

    April 23, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    There is no such thing as a "secure online convention". The fact anyone would seriously think otherwise tells me those people are idiots, no matter how well-intentioned.

    April 23, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. GI Joe

    How republican is he?

    April 23, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. gt

    perot... was clinton political savior....bill never got 50% of the vote........but walker your no perot....and you wont get 1%

    April 23, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Dr. Knowitall

    "Americans Elect" Oh lets all vote on-line. There can't possibly be any voter fraud there.
    Will you jokers grow up !

    April 23, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Dr. Knowitall

    What a great thought, lets use the same platform that "Dancing with the Stars" used for voting to elect a US President.

    April 23, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |