Thursday, January 10, 2008

Looking beyond the primaries....

There is continued speculation that New York billionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg will launch a third party presidential bid in the fall.

An AP-Yahoo News survey taken a month ago, said a third of voters would seriously consider voting for a third-party candidate. That includes 26 percent of Democrats, 31 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of independents.

In a year with so many firsts, first black, woman, hispanic running for president....could this also be the first time a third party candidate actually becomes a viable force in the presidential races?


Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

Ray - Although they did not win, Ross Perot and John Anderson were viable forces in their presidential bids. Perot helped Clinton by taking votes from Bush I. Anderson was an alternative to Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. I am not sure that Carter would have beaten Reagan if Anderson had not run but he did not help the Carter cause. It is a bit a stretch, but in 2000, Ralph Nader could be considered a viable force because he enabled Bush II to 'beat' Al Gore in Florida. Now to Mayor Bloomburg. From whom would he 'steal' votes? That would depend on who wins the DEM and the REPUB nominations. I really think it would be difficult for Bloomburg to win because he would not be able to build the GOTV organization that both parties have already in place in all fifty states. But it certainly would be unusual if Clinton, Guilani, and Bloomburg all ran. The nation would have the choice of one of three New Yorkers.

10:57 AM  
Blogger mccommas said...

There are always also-rans.

I don't think Bloomburg will be a factor even if he was to run.

He will be seen as a fat cat on a ego trip.

6:03 PM  

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