Posted on Jul 12, 2015
CH (MAJ) William Beaver
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Many third party candidates run for the US presidency. Most barely dent the election returns. A few, such as Ross Perot in 1992, pull away enough voters from the two main parties to tip the scales to favor one of those candidates. But will we ever actually see a genuine independent win the presidency? In your lifetime? In my lifetime? Why? What is the ultimate purpose of a third party candidate running when he or she knows they will lose the election? Is it to raise issues?
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I still think that if Ross Perot had not pulled out of the election in 1992 and than reentered three months later he would have been a much more formidable candidate that year. Given the current state of politics and the two political party system I don't see a away a third party candidate will be elected president in our lifetimes. I think it would take a monuments political shift to allow a third party to have the resources and influence to make this possible.
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Sgt Jay Jones
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I agree!
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SGT William Howell
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CW3 (Join to see) Ross Perot screwed us. I voted for him back when I still believed your vote counted for the person you voted for. Now I know it is against the other person running. I'll never make that mistake again. My vote for Perot got us Bill Clinton not going to happen again!
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LTC Stephen F.
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CH (MAJ) William Beaver. I prefer to take a longer term view. There are efforts to convene a convention of the states to amend the constitution among other significant activities: Libertarians, Tea Partiers of all stripes and many Republicans support a convention of the states. That is the forum that could change the electoral college system to a direct vote system similar to the way the US Senators and Congress people are elected now. 32 states [34 are required] have already voted in favor of the constitutional convention ostensibly for a balanced budget amendment. Once convened other issues can be brought up and voted on. I would not be surprised if the electoral college versus direct vote is an early entry - getting rid of the electoral college system would appeal to anybody who does not like the super-pacs and the fact that a few states get the bulk of the early candidates for President - primarily Iowa and New Hampshire. If direct vote for President and potentially for Vice President like many nations expect a general leveling of the playing field after an election or two.
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Sgt Jay Jones
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Only when enough individuals in both parties get fed up with their existing party at the same time.
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