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Dozens of former Democrats and Republicans to form new party in bid to appeal to voters unhappy with America’s two-party system

Dozens of former Republican and Democratic officials will announce a new national political third party to appeal to millions of voters they say are dismayed with what they see as America’s dysfunctional two-party system.

The new party, called Forward, will initially be co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican governor of New Jersey.

They hope the party will become a viable alternative to the Republican and Democratic parties that dominate US politics, founding members told Reuters.

Party leaders will hold a series of events in two dozen cities this autumn to roll out its platform and attract support. They will host an official launch in Houston on 24 September and the party’s first national convention in a major US city next summer.

The new party is being formed by a merger of three political groups that have emerged in recent years as a reaction to America’s increasingly polarized and gridlocked political system. The leaders cited a Gallup poll last year showing a record two-thirds of Americans believe a third party is needed.

The merger involves the Renew America Movement, formed in 2021 by dozens of former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, George W Bush and Donald Trump; the Forward party, founded by Yang, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 but left the party in 2021 and became an independent; and the Serve America Movement, a group of Democrats, Republicans and independents founded by former Republican congressman David Jolly.

Two pillars of the new party’s platform are to “reinvigorate a fair, flourishing economy” and to “give Americans more choices in elections, more confidence in a government that works, and more say in our future”.

The party, which is centrist, has no specific policies yet. It will say at its Thursday launch: “How will we solve the big issues facing America? Not Left. Not Right. Forward.”

Historically, third parties have failed to thrive in America’s two-party system. Occasionally they can impact a presidential election. Analysts say the Green party’s Ralph Nader siphoned off enough votes from Al Gore in 2000 to help George W Bush win the White House.

It is unclear how the new Forward party might affect either party’s electoral prospects in such a deeply polarized country. Political analysts are skeptical it can succeed.

Forward aims to gain party registration and ballot access in 30 states by the end of 2023 and in all 50 states by late 2024, in time for the 2024 presidential and congressional elections.

It aims to field candidates for local races, such as school boards and city councils, in state houses, the US Congress and all the way up to the presidency.

In an interview, Yang said the party will start with a budget of about $5m. It has donors lined up and a grassroots membership between the three merged groups numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

“We are starting in a very strong financial position. Financial support will not be a problem,” Yang said.

Another person involved in the creation of Forward, Miles Taylor – a former Homeland Security official in the Trump administration – said the idea was to give voters “a viable, credible national third party”.

Taylor acknowledged that third parties had failed in the past, but said: “The fundamentals have changed. When other third party movements have emerged in the past it’s largely been inside a system where the American people aren’t asking for an alternative. The difference here is we are seeing an historic number of Americans saying they want one.”

Stu Rothenberg, a veteran non-partisan political analyst, said it was easy to talk about establishing a third party but almost impossible to do so.

“The two major political parties start out with huge advantages, including 50 state parties built over decades,” he said.

Rothenberg pointed out that third party presidential candidates like John Anderson in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996 flamed out, failing to build a true third party that became a factor in national politics.

“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

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Jesus, another party that is just like the other two.  Its like saying I don't like GM or Chevy so I will by a Saturn.  End of the day you are still voting for the same scumbags and wondering why nothing ever changes.  Now don't get me wrong, I am all for shattering the two party system, but this is merely one more face of the uniparty right wing quasi fascist oligarchy that is our living nightmare.

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23 minutes ago, Herodotus said:

Jesus, another party that is just like the other two.  Its like saying I don't like GM or Chevy so I will by a Saturn.  End of the day you are still voting for the same scumbags and wondering why nothing ever changes.  Now don't get me wrong, I am all for shattering the two party system, but this is merely one more face of the uniparty right wing quasi fascist oligarchy that is our living nightmare.

This is not gonna be any different than any of the other potential third parties that people have started. Ross Perot tried it, the tea party is another one. Nice ideas but no real chance of taking traction

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“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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8 minutes ago, HipKat said:

This is not gonna be any different than any of the other potential third parties that people have started. Ross Perot tried it, the tea party is another one. Nice ideas but no real chance of taking traction

The teabagger movement was not an aim to be a new political party it was designed to make the GOP even nuttier than it already was.  As for Ross Perot, now there was a guy.  Sadly, his run for office sort of predicted Ron Paul's bids in the aughts.  Liked the little Texan.  

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4 minutes ago, micknaboz said:

A right wing scam meant to suppress the Democratic vote.  The Republican electorate are way too smart to fall for this. Democrats not so much.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/7/29/2113456/-Spoiler-The-New-Forward-Party-Will-Take-Us-Nowhere-Good

 

 

1) Hey denverboz, how ya doing?
2) You are right, its a scam
3. GOP electorate way too smart to fall for this? These people bought into the Teabaggers and thought (and some still do) Trump would save them.  
4. Yup, some dems will fall for this

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