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  • Change, real change, would happen.

    8 21.05%
  • Pretty much the same thing as always.

    12 31.58%
  • Gridlock even worse than we have seen thus far.

    10 26.32%
  • Something else.

    8 21.05%
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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

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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?
    Definitely gridlock worse than we've seen. When Jesse Ventura was Governor, BOTH parties wanted to get rid of him. Once that switch went off, nothing got done.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Democrats and republicans are able to get elected due to name recognition that the media gives them and that is only with the democrats and republicans the media wants. And there is the fact many states screw 3rd parties with stiff ballot requirements, and ban on write-ins .The only reason most people know who Obama and Romney are is because the media did stories on them, the media invited them to appear on talk shows and only did presidential debates with those two candidates. Jill Stein and other 3rd party candidates did poorly simply because most people don't know who they are and or because republicans and democrats prevented them from appearing on the ballots. Its not the money.Money buys ads but those ads are mostly run in swing states.
    I would not exactly call this a "solution oriented" response.

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

    No way to tell. It depends completely who that candidate is.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    I would not exactly call this a "solution oriented" response.
    Its not a solution oriented response. I am just pointing out that it is the lack of name recognition and the fact democrats and republicans in many states prevent 3rd parties from appearing on ballots, not the lack of organization or money that mostly contributed to a 3rd party candidate's loss. Although identifying the problem could lead to a solution, but that would requiring changing the Constitution to require media outlets to give equal time to all candidates or to no candidates at all.
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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Its not a solution oriented response. I am just pointing out that it is the lack of name recognition and the fact democrats and republicans in many states prevent 3rd parties from appearing on ballots, not the lack of organization or money that mostly contributed to a 3rd party candidate's loss. Although identifying the problem could lead to a solution, but that would requiring changing the Constitution to require media outlets to give equal time to all candidates or to no candidates at all.
    The media outlets want money. This really isn't that complicated. I'm not saying I think the situation is ideal, just that the cause of the problem is a lot more boring and straightforward than you think.

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

    Until a third party comes along that can actually appeal to more than a few people on the fringe, this simply is not going to happen. If/when it does, what would happen depends largely on the candidate.
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    Re: What would happen if an independent or 3rd party candidate were elected President

    I think that gridlock would be a strong possible outcome. With our hyper-partisan legislature and nearly everything falling along party lines, a leader with no party affiliation to the GOP of Democrats would likely face opposition from both sides unless the president strongly leaned toward one party or the other.

    We had a microcosm of this in MN when the Reform Party candidate, none other than Jesse Ventura, got elected governor. He was attacked by both the MN Republicans and the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor). Ventura was all over the map (ideologically) and was the epitome of a middle of the road, centrist.

    However, it's worth a try; we are experiencing nothing but grid lock already.

    I think a third party candidate would have a much easier time in office if the 17th amendment were repealed.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    All liberal tax/spending bills will be vetoed, and social agendas will be approved (but not funded).
    And the same COULD apply to irresponsible conservative (wars) spending bills..
    NO, if we had an intelligent independent, things could be much better..
    We need campaign and campaign finance reform NOW.
    No more big money used to elect our officials !

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