Friday, January 13, 2012

Americans Elect 2012 presidential run: The third-party group has cash, but no candidate

Their approach is all wrong. We need someone who is not the two-party system. The candidate should be a committed champion against the old, corrupt order. Don't look to the same people who have been part of the problem:

A new group that hopes to tap into a rising appetite for a third party presidential challenger has discovered that $30 million in secret cash can buy ballot access and attention, but not necessarily a dream candidate.

The group, Americans Elect, failed to generate interest in possible campaigns from Sens. Joe Lieberman and Lamar Alexander, and its intensive outreach to a host of other prospective candidates, including former Nebraska Sens. Chuck Hagel and Bob Kerrey, hasn’t yielded much public enthusiasm for its efforts.

Even Jon Huntsman, who top Americans Elect officials have supported, has ruled out the possibility of seeking the group’s nomination — and this week he reaffirmed his intent to continue his long-shot campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after a third-place finish in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

Instead, Americans Elect has attracted attention from the allies of potential candidates who don’t seem well-suited to the group’s goal of leading a centrist surge on election day, including obscure figures such as Buddy Roemer, and those who seem to defy the group’s moderate positioning, such as Donald Trump and Ron Paul.
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