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  • Change, real change, would happen.

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  • Pretty much the same thing as always.

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  • Gridlock even worse than we have seen thus far.

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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President?

    1. Change, real change, would happen. They would be beholden to nobody.
    2. Pretty much the same thing as always. They'd still have to compromise.
    3. Gridlock even worse than we have seen thus far. They'd have no friends and both parties would team up to thwart them.
    4. Something else.


    The question presumes they would not have independent or members of their party on Congress of any size on which to rely.
    Other than people having the option of not voting for democrat or republican I imagine that would depend on how conservative or liberal that candidate is.The more liberal that president is then the more likely that candidate will side with liberals and the more conservative that candidate the more likely he will side with conservatives.Since he is not a D or an R then he might be more compelled to veto bills that has something in it he doesn't like since he is not the usual status quo.
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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    Gridlock. Congress would unite to blockade that president like nothing you've ever seen in your lives.

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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Gridlock. Congress would unite to blockade that president like nothing you've ever seen in your lives.
    If the new president was smart then gridlock would happen and he would be able dimantle stuff. He could do a lot of stuff without Congress. Breaking is always easier than building. No is such a wonderful powerful word. He wouldnt be able to put anything new into place but he would be able rip the hell out of existing institutions. One thing would be for sure the howling would be heard in Hawaii.
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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    While I don't think there's a chance in hell of a 3rd party candidate actually getting elected, especially since no 3rd party candidate can get more than 0.5% of the vote, I don't think it would really change anything unless said candidate's party also took over the majority of the Legislature too. Otherwise, the President would be largely ignored, they could veto up a storm and grind the government to a halt or, more likely, they'd end up going along with the majority party and it would be business as usual.
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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President?

    1. Change, real change, would happen. They would be beholden to nobody.
    2. Pretty much the same thing as always. They'd still have to compromise.
    3. Gridlock even worse than we have seen thus far. They'd have no friends and both parties would team up to thwart them.
    4. Something else.


    The question presumes they would not have independent or members of their party on Congress of any size on which to rely.
    Gridlock even worse, because he would get absolutely no partisan support from either party in Congress.
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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMK1
    If the new president was smart then gridlock would happen and he would be able dimantle stuff. He could do a lot of stuff without Congress. Breaking is always easier than building. No is such a wonderful powerful word. He wouldnt be able to put anything new into place but he would be able rip the hell out of existing institutions. One thing would be for sure the howling would be heard in Hawaii.
    Double-edged sword. The President of "No" can't make things worse. He also can't make things better. Essentially, it would result in a president treading water for 4 years with no real change, which - in my opinion - would be a loss overall in my book. Someone winning on a 3rd party platform would be elected by belief of change, which would be impossible.

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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    If a President was elected that was not a D or R then we would actually have two parties.

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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    Wow...what a horrible view. I completely disagree with you. The two party system is corrupt and ran by corporate special interest groups, but that is okay with you.

    3rd Parties give different options to those issues you mentioned. Pretty simple when it comes to Libertarians...keep government out. There is no xenophobia so much as no entangling alliances. We're all for diplomacy and trade with nations...just against being forced by a group of nations to do something. Globalization is not good.

    You need to learn and research a bit more because their issues are in black and white. It is more than generalizations. Its up to you as a responsible voter to understand them. To sit there and say the two party system is the best is naive and wrong.
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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Congratulations. You are 3 Libertarian stereotypes in 1:



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    That diversity seems accurate and why no 3rd party candidate has a chance to win. However, they can completely reverse what otherwise would have been the election outcome - such as Ross Perot and Ralph Nadar.

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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President?

    1. Change, real change, would happen. They would be beholden to nobody.
    2. Pretty much the same thing as always. They'd still have to compromise.
    3. Gridlock even worse than we have seen thus far. They'd have no friends and both parties would team up to thwart them.
    4. Something else.


    The question presumes they would not have independent or members of their party on Congress of any size on which to rely.
    Same as every other guy. The President is basically a figurehead, he doesn't make the laws, he just approves or vetos them. Get a third party Congress, and you get a better shot at "change", but there's still no guarantee that change will be worth a ****.
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