Sunday, December 4, 2011

Jon Huntsman vs. Buddy Roemer for Americans Elect nomination?

From Eric Dondero:

Former Louisiana Democrat-turned-Republican Governor Buddy Roemer has been hinting for weeks that he will seek the Americans Elect party nomination. From Yahoo News:
Buddy Roemer announced Thursday that he's turning his attention to a potential third-party bid for president via the reform group Americans Elect.

"The major parties are united in one regard-- they've got their hands in special interest money..."
AE is seeking 50 state ballot status, with a unique nominating process; selection of delegates on line. Anyone who signs up can participate.

The party was founded by Wealth Management firm CEO Peter Ackerman. Other backers include noted hedge fund managers Kirk Rostron and Melvin Andrews. (Source: The group claims to be "moderate," and "centrist," but takes progressive stances on social matters.

Now, a new name has surfaced for their treasured 50 state ballot access. From NewsMax "Whitman Wants Huntsman to Make 3rd-Party Run":
“I would hope he would do it, frankly. He’s someone that I would support,” Whitman told Politico.

A Republican herself, Whitman has been leading an effort to draft a third-party presidential candidate through a group called Americans Elect, which is committed to getting its candidate on the ballot in all 50 states.

Huntsman is a natural because he does not appear likely to be able to overcome the momentum of GOP frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
Whitman of course, is the former two-term Republican Governor of New Jersey, and former head of the EPA in the Bush administration.

Sidenote: Interestingly, AE has a requirement in their by-laws, that the party's Presidential and VP nominees be from two different parties. How that affects Roemer who was both a Democrat and Republican is anyone's guess?

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