Well, it looks like the Republican Party is stuck with Mitt Romney as their lame Presidential candidate this year. But hang on, what about Congressman Ron Paul?
“Dr. Paul is now the last – and real – conservative alternative to Mitt Romney,” said Jesse Benton, National Campaign Chairman for Ron Paul (Houston Chronicle).
But Paul sounded like a candidate who hasn’t yet ruled out other avenues, when he spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Editorial Board. He said he was aware of Americans Elect, a movement to nominate a third-party candidate for president. He conceded he doesn’t know enough about the movement but added, “Anything that challenges the status quo, I’m generally for it.”
The major political parties, he said, “have the same monetary policy, the same foreign policy; there’s no difference. To say, ‘Well, I’ll be an independent, I’ll go run’ … guess who writes the rules on how you get on the ballot? The Republicans and Democrats. They don’t want any competition.”
THE GOAL OF AMERICANS ELECT is to nominate a presidential ticket that answers directly to voters—not the political system.
From their website, “American voters are tired of politics as usual. They want leaders that will put their country before their party, and American interests before special interests. Leaders who will work together to develop fresh solutions to the serious challenges facing our country. We believe a secure, online nominating process will prove that America is ready for a competitive, nonpartisan ticket.”
If Paul goes to Americans Elect, are you ready to vote for him?