Americans Elect Presidential Candidates Respond to the Entrance of Rocky Anderson

Several of the candidates for the Americans Elect presidential nomination were asked to respond to former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson’s decision to enter the race.

As of March 29, Anderson, who is the nominee of the Justice Party is second among announced candidates with 1,104 supporters.

Former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer leads all announced candidates with 2,520 supporters.   On Anderson, Roemer campaign manager Carlos Sierra remarked, “Rocky is a fellow reformer who has adopted our $100 limit. We wish him well.”

Economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff, who ranks third with 729 supporters commented:

I’ve looked at Rocky’s website and watched his videos.  He’s a very impressive person and I very much share his deep concern with the environment.  He’d be a marvelous head of the EPA in my administration and I’d be happy to work with him in his administration.  For now, the good news is that serious people like Rocky are entering into this competition.  So my reaction is I’m delighted he’s declared himself to be a candidate.

The most colorful response came from “Average” Joe Schriner, who currently has 23 supporters and is the only candidate to list “Social issues” as his highest priority. He said:

I’ve been dubbed: “Rocky Balboa against the Millionairres” by a supporter on the Associated Content internet site.  So needles to say, having another “Rocky” in the race is going to be confusing to people.  (Just kidding!)  Reviewing Mr. Anderson’s stances, I’d disagree with his “top priority” on the Americans Elect site.  He says it’s the economy.  I think it’s “social issues.”  Particularly, abortion.  That is, we’ve just crossed the 50 million abortion mark in this country, and average 4,400 abortions a day.  At the height of the violence in Darfur, 80 people (on average) were being killed a day.  And the UN considered this “genocide” levels.  Juxtapose those numbers and it’s, well, startling.  Note:  Mr. Anderson is the mayor of a city that’s tourism slogan is:  “What goes on here, stays here.”  If I was mayor, I’d be lobbying for, oh, a different slogan.

Former air traffic controller and current Libertarian Party presidential candidate RJ Harris, who has 89 supporters, did not respond to the request.

18 thoughts on “Americans Elect Presidential Candidates Respond to the Entrance of Rocky Anderson

  1. bruuno

    Well I think Average Joe Shriner accomplished a first-he confused Salt Lake City with Las Vegas. I doubt that has ever happened before.

  2. Melty

    I wonder if AE’ll change it’s mind and deem Salt Lake City big enough so Anderson can qualify. He’s the only guy they’ve got so far other than Roemer.

  3. NewFederalist

    “I wonder if AE’ll change it’s mind and deem Salt Lake City big enough so Anderson can qualify.”

    Only if the people who put up the money for all this like him.

  4. Steve

    Mayor of a city of 180,000 citizens seems like a better qualification than President of a university with 4,000 students, IMO, but I’m not a corrupt hedge fund manager.

  5. Trent Hill

    Id think a Roemer/Anderson ticket would satisfy, but not excite, the AE people. At the end of the day, they have some people amongst their own leadership who could run–like Meg Whitman.

  6. Melty

    Evidently, David Walker’s among their administrators too. I think former Comptroller General’s a big deal, and he’s been doing the lecture curcuit for years, he’s got “maverick” appeal, and he’s unaffiliated with any party. I bet they’re begging him to declare.

  7. Oranje Mike

    Does anyone know who is bankrolling AE? In Arizona they have ballot status (from what I’ve heard) yet they have reported zero expenditures with the Arizona Secretary of State. How does a party get that many signatures without spending any money? Sounds fishy to me.

  8. Root Sucks

    IMO David Walker has not been coy about testing the waters of AE. He’s been showing up a lot on Scarborough (Let’s be honest, they’re pretty in love with AE) and Politico recently reported that he held a big meeting recently that included that De Rothschild woman who was a prominent sponsor of H. Clinton/McCain/Huntsman. I think he’s the “best” candidate yet. It’ll be interesting to see if anything comes of those Huntsman/Bayh rumors that were reported by Ballot Access News.

  9. Root Sucks

    Also, David Walker has been issuing some press releases that are loaded with a lot of “centrist” and “mainstream” buzzwords.

  10. Root Sucks

    @7

    AE is being bankrolled by a number of prominent financiers. I think their take is somewhere in the vicinity of $22 million. The Ackerman family (of Rockport Capital Incorporated, a so-called “venture capital firm”) is prominently involved.

  11. paulie

    Does anyone know who is bankrolling AE? In Arizona they have ballot status (from what I’ve heard) yet they have reported zero expenditures with the Arizona Secretary of State. How does a party get that many signatures without spending any money? Sounds fishy to me.

    They spent money, just not with an Arizona based company. Thus no expenditures listed with AzSOS.

  12. paulie

    AE is unlikely to run Rocky. He is not what they call a centrist. Look for a big money/big media push for their nomination soon.

  13. Chris

    As a former Democrat, Anderson is saying Everything I feel, for What I want in a President and for why I left that (wanna be GOP) Party.

  14. Trent Hill

    “He is not what they call a centrist. ”

    Centrism isn’t their goal. “Ticket balance” is.

  15. Nick

    The problem with Rocky Anderson is that I don’t think he has the time to get the needed support. He needs more then Roemer or Paul to get the nomination.

  16. Melty

    At the rate Rocky’s going, he’ll exceed Bernie Sanders by the end of the month. That’s high standing in time for the first round of voting.

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