Daily Archives: June 6, 2008

Nader 6%, Barr 2% in CNN poll

The latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national general election poll, conducted Wednesday and Thursday, included Libertarian Bob Barr and independent Ralph Nader among the options. Other high-profile alternative candidates such as Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin and Green frontrunner Cynthia McKinney were not included. Barack Obama leads with 47%, followed by John McCain at 43%, Nader 6%, and Barr 2%.… Read more ...

Takin’ it to the tube

With hundreds of millions to spend, the Democratic and Republican candidates can produce exceptionally slick ads. They can leave us with the impression that Barack Obama represents real change, instead of slum lords. It can leave us with the impression that McCain is against torture rather than in support of waterboarding.… Read more ...

‘Ron Paul billionaire’ to get behind Chuck Baldwin

Anonymous sources from inside the Baldwin campaign say that the famed “Ron Paul billionaire” — whose existence was confirmed by Stephen Gordon Ron Paul’s spokesman and grandson-in-law, Jesse Benton (correction) — is in negotiations to get behind Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin.

While the unknown benefactor, whom many still consider to be a hoax, allegedly sought to spend $50 million in a parallel campaign for Ron Paul, he’s reportedly willing to part with only a fraction of that — between $2 million and $3 million — for Baldwin.… Read more ...

‘No real upheaval’ in Baldwin campaign

Third Party Watch reports potential “upheaval” within the Baldwin campaign. Our sources indicate that the “upheaval” consists of one individual — Tyler Simms — a Ron Paul grassroots organizer who has allegedly been upset with the alleged “micromanagement” of and “unilateral decisions” made by Baldwin campaign manager Anita Andrews.

According to Third Party Watch, Simms alleges:

People who signed up to volunteer were sent messages to a conference call last night where the new campaign manager Anita Andrews spoke.

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Boston Tea Party founder on the party’s history

Amid the controversy and turmoil surrounding the nascent Boston Tea Party, party founder Tom Knapp has published Part 1 of a “brief history” of the BTP at Last Free Voice.

Since the Boston Tea Party seems to be coming back to life (and into the internal conflicts that tend to characterize third parties), and apropos of recent discussions with GE, now seems like a nice time to briefly reprise the party’s existence from the perspective of its erstwhile founder.

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Baldwin rescheduled to appear on Revolution Broadcasting

Constitution Party presidential nominee Chuck Baldwin was scheduled to be interviewed on Revolution Broadcasting last night, however, he was unable to appear due to the fact he had lost his voice on the campaign trail. According to IPR reader “inDglass,” Baldwin has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 16, “most likely at the same time” (7:30 p.m., Eastern).… Read more ...

Boston Tea Party: ‘About to implode’

At least one Boston Tea Party state affiliate has already imploded amid an erupting controversy at the nascent party’s Web site.

BTP founder and possible VP nominee Tom Knapp has suspended party vice-chair Dr. Tom Stevens’s Web administration privileges. This, after Dr. Stevens deleted an appeal posted by Mr. Knapp.… Read more ...

A look at the Minnesota U.S. Senate race

As recently reported by IPR, Jesse Ventura is expected to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate “in the not-too-distant future.” However, it is not entirely clear if Ventura would do so as a candidate for the Independence Party — or as an unaffiliated, independent candidate.

Politics1 lists Ventura as a potential small-i independent.… Read more ...

Bob Barr: Don’t wreck the economy in the name of the environment

Three days ago, the Libertarian Party published a press release condemning the then pending Lieberman-Warner Senate bill, in which LP Media Coordinator Andrew Davis denounced the bill as an absurd attempt to micromanage the environment. Yesterday, Bob Barr issued his own press release on the same bill, focusing on the speculative nature of climate change fears and the economic impact of the act under consideration.… Read more ...

Prohibition Party’s Amondson interviewed

Wikinews today has an interview with Prohibition Party presidential nominee Gene Amondson, “a preacher, artist, and prohibition activist.” Asked why he wants to be president, Amondson said, “With one out of nine blacks between 20 and 34 in prison, prohibition will come again for the fourth time.” Asked if he can win the election, he replied, “Third party people do not win but we say wise things.” Amondson said John McCain is his preferred candidate among the major party contenders.… Read more ...

Jesse Ventura almost set to run

Jesse Ventura, whom some have speculated might run for the open U.S. Senate in Minnesota under the Independence Party label, is rumored to be hedging closer to a run.

As if the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota weren’t murky enough, sources close to former Governor Jesse Ventura confirm that he is all but certain to throw his hat into the ring in the not-too-distant future.

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