Robert David Steele ends campaign for the Reform Party presidential nomination

Earth Intelligence Network CEO and Open Source Intelligence advocate Robert David Steele (Vivas) ended his campaign for the Reform Party presidential nomination. He said the following via e-mail:

I got zero traction within the party — I scared them with my wild ideas of creating a team — and I got zero traction with Rocky Anderson, Jill Stein, and Gary Johnson (personal direct contact) as well as zero traction with Ron Paul (two letters) and Dennis Kucinich (one letter, two staff emails).  Bottom line is that no one is interested in actually getting right.  Rocky was a particular disappointment.  He called me.  I suggested he run for the Reform Party nomination and leverage that to be included in all the debates.

My gut feeling is that none of the candidates are taking our crisis seriously — they are all playing a personal  game, not a team game, and I just do not see a positive outcome in the near term.

It was a HUGE education for me — a priceless valuable use of my time.  Have officially informed FEC that I have closed down.  I would certainly like to support anyone willing to create a team and go for broke, but like Lee Iacocca said in his book by this  title, “Where Have All the Leaders Gone?”

America is in deep shit, and I see no one on the horizon able to break out of the two-party corruption that enables Wall Street and the various complexes that continue to destroy the Republic and loot the Treasury.

This announcement comes just as former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer announced his candidacy for the party’s nomination.  Others candidates include fitness model Andre Barnett, and economist Dick McCormick, who was recently added to the Reform Party candidates list.

12 thoughts on “Robert David Steele ends campaign for the Reform Party presidential nomination

  1. bruuno

    Leverage the Reform Party nomination to get into all the debates? You would have to go back 16 years for that statement to make any sense at all.

  2. Nick

    As a third party guy, I was really turned off by his use of curse words. He drops them way to much, and it’s not presidential at all.

  3. bruuno

    #4- I disagree. I say Steele/Phil Davison. Between the swearing and the screaming it would make for a pretty entertaining ticket

  4. Jarvis Jones

    The Reform party has become a non-party. It will be on the ballot in only a small handful of states. By contrast, the Libertarian party is on the ballot in all 50 states. For those frustrated democrats (I am one) and republicans, voting LP will be a chance to make your vote count.

  5. NewFederalist

    I wonder where the mantra of “the Libertarian Party is on the ballot in all 50 states” is coming from? The last time the LP was on the presidential ballot in all 50 states (and DC) with the same ticket on each was 1996. In 2000 the ticket was different in Arizona. I hope total ballot status will be true for 2012 but I am not sure where this certainty is coming from.

  6. paulie

    The last time the LP was on the presidential ballot in all 50 states (and DC) with the same ticket on each was 1996. In 2000 the ticket was different in Arizona.

    Correct.

    hope total ballot status will be true for 2012

    We’re in better position to shoot for it than in 2004 or 2008, but I’d say the odds are still against it.

    I am not sure where this certainty is coming from.

    It appears to be coming from the Johnson campaign, which has repeated it in several press releases, interviews and/or media communications.

    In actual fact, I think Americans Elect has a better shot at it than the LP does.

  7. Robert David Steele Vivas

    Those of you with a brain might wish to look at the substance that I have left up at http://bigbatusa.org.

    Re leverage Reform Party, that was premised on forcing congress to pass at least a token electoral reform act that would put all nationally certified parties (there are eight) on all state ballots for all federal elections — this is within the power of congress to do and do fast — and also be included in all debates.

    Electoral Reform is central; coming together is central; being serious and having a coherent substantive platform is central. None of that is to be found in any candidate now running.

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