Who else is running?

A recent post on Once More, With Punctuation reminded me that there is more then two candidates for the Presidential Election in the US (and the VP). In fact there are another 13*! So lets take a look at them.

Boston Tea Party(Wiki Link):
Presidential Candidate: Charles Jay – Former boxing manager and spokesman, from Florida. Jay was selected as the nominee of the Boston Tea Party at its online Convention held June 15-16, 2008. He was the 2004 Presidential nominee of the Personal Choice Party, who has endorsed him this year.
VP Candidate: Thomas L. Knapp – Blogger, political activist, of Missouri. He is also running for Congress as a Libertarian.

Constitution Party (Wiki Link):
Presidential Candidate: Chuck Baldwin – Pastor, conservative political activist, and Constitution Party 2004 Vice Presidential nominee, from Florida. Nominated by the Constitution Party at its 2008 National Convention on April 26, 2008.
VP Candidate: Darrell Castle – National Vice-Chair of the Constitution Party. Attorney, political activist and former Marine Corps Lieutenant from Tennessee.

Green Party (Wiki Link):
Presidential Candidate: Cynthia McKinney – Former Congresswoman from Georgia (1993-2003, 2005-2007). McKinney clinched the Green Party nomination on July 12, 2008 at its 2008 National Convention in Chicago, IL. McKinney also received the endorsement of the Workers World Party in July.
VP Candidate: Rosa Clemente – Commentator, political activist, community organizer and independent reporter from New York. Clemente has been delivering workshops, presentations and commentary for over ten years.

Libertarian Party (Wiki Link):
Presidential Candidate: Bob Barr – Former Congressman and U.S. Attorney from Georgia. Barr won the nomination of the Libertarian Party on May 25, 2008 at its 2008 National Convention, in Denver, Colorado.
VP Candidate: Wayne Allyn Root – Sports handicapper, businessman, author, and TV show host from Nevada. Root also ran for the party’s 2008 presidential nomination.

New American Independent Party (Wiki Link):
Presidential Candidate: Frank McEnulty – President & Chief Financial Officer of Our Castle Homes from California. McEnulty won the New American Independent Party nomination in March 2008. He has not yet announced his running mate. He is simultaneously running as the vice-presidential nominee of the Reform Party in states where the NAIP is unable to obtain ballot status.

Party for Socialism and Liberation
(Wiki Link):
Presidential Candidate: Gloria La Riva – Socialist, long-time anti-war and immigrant rights activist, from California. The Party for Socialism and Liberation announced the La Riva “People Over Profits” campaign on January 17, 2008. La Riva received the nomination of the Peace & Freedom Party in gubernatorial races in 1994 and 1998.
VP Candidate: Eugene Puryear – Anti-war activist, social justice organizer, and Party for Socialism and Liberation National Committee member, from Washington, D.C.

Prohibition Party (Wiki Link):
Presidential Candidate: Gene Amondson – Temperance lecturer, minister, artist, and 2004 Presidential Nominee. Nominated at the Prohibition Party National Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana, September 14, 2007.
VP Candidate: Leroy Pletten – Temperance movement activist from Michigan.

Reform Party (Wiki Link):
Presidential Candidate: Ted Weill – Businessman, from Mississippi. Weill received the nomination of the Reform Party at its National Convention in Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2008.
VP Candidate: Frank McEnulty – Businessman, from California. Also running as the the Presidential nominee of the New American Independent Party in the states where the Reform Party is unable to obtain ballot access.

Socialist Party USA (Wiki Link):
Presidential Candidate: Brian Moore – Antiwar activist, independent (Green Party endorsed) candidate for U.S. Senate in Florida in 2006. Moore received the Socialist Party USA’s presidential nomination at its National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri on October 20, 2007.
VP Candidate: Stewart Alexander – Political activist and former Los Angeles mayoral candidate from California.

Socialist Workers Party (Wiki Link):
Presidential Candidate: Róger Calero – Socialist Workers Party candidate for President of the United States in 2004 and 2008, and for the United States Senate in New York in 2006.
VP Candidate: Alyson Kennedy – Labourer and political activist from New Jersey.


#Alan Keyes – Former Ambassador in the Ronald Reagan administration. Unsuccessfully sought the nominations of the Republican Party and the Constitution Party before beginning a campaign as an independent. Brian Rohrbough from Colorado is Keyes’ running mate.

#Ralph Nader – Consumer advocate, Write-in candidate in 1992, Green Party presidential nominee in 1996 and 2000, and 2004 independent presidential candidate. Announced candidacy February 24, 2008 on NBC’s Meet the Press. Matt Gonzalez from San Francisco is Nader’s running mate.

# Kelcey Wilson – Transparency advocate. Announced candidacy February 19, 2007, on his blog

This might be the only times you see these names on this blog, well apart from Nadar maybe, so enjoy it!

*Note that is the number of candidates registered with the Federal Election Commission for a presidential campaign

Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

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