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US Presidential hopefuls

29/09/2012

The active US Presidential candidates are: Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Jill Stein, and Randall Terry. Of course, the dominant media’s focus is exclusively on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

The short-list of 6 active candidates from a total of 17 included my personal favourite Ron Paul. There were an additional 11 who decided against running for the US’s top job.

The Virgil Goode (born 17 October 1946) presidential campaign of 2012 began when former US Congressman Virgil Goode of Virginia announced his decision to seek the 2012 presidential nomination of the Constitution Party in February 2012. During the nomination campaign, he put forth a four point plank that included his plans to restrict immigration, balance the federal budget, decrease the size of government, and institute congressional term limits.

After winning the Constitution Party’s presidential nomination on the first ballot at the party’s April 2012 national convention, Goode choose outgoing party chairman Jim Clymer as his running mate. The ticket coordinated ballot access efforts to add to the 16 states on which they had already qualified. Goode focused on his home state of Virginia, where polls showed the ticket with five to nine per cent support.

During the general election campaign, Goode participated in numerous media interviews, and continuously faced criticism that he would act as a “spoiler” and take votes away from presumptive Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney and help President Barack Obama win re-election. In response, Goode argued that he was in the race to win and would take votes away from both candidates. By discussing alternative solutions, restricting individual campaign donations to $200 and not accepting money from Political Action Committees, Goode cast himself as a grassroots “average citizen” that offered a distinct choice for voters outside of “Tweedledum and Tweedledee.”

Former Governor Gary Johnson (born 14 September 1939) of New Mexico declared his candidacy for the 2012 Republican Party nomination for President of the United States on 21 April 2011. On 28 December 2011, Johnson withdrew his candidacy for the Republican nomination, and declared his candidacy for the 2012 presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party. The 2012 Libertarian National Convention was held during the first weekend of May 2012. On 5 May 2012, after promoting his libertarian-oriented political positions to delegates, Johnson received the most votes at the convention and became the official 2012 Libertarian presidential nominee.

On 4 April 2011, the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama II (born 4 August 1961) formally announced his re-election campaign for 2012. His running mate is Vice President Joe Biden and they will be opposed by candidates from the Republican Party and candidates from other parties. The election will take place on Tuesday 6 November 2012.

Obama’s campaign headquarters are in Chicago and key members of Obama’s successful 2008 campaign, such as Jim Messina and David Axelrod, are returning to staff it. On the day of the announcement, the campaign released a promotional video showing supporters of Obama organizing for the re-election effort. As The Guardian newspaper noted, this was the first US presidential re-election campaign to use Twitter and Facebook for promotion Between the beginning of 2011 and 30June 2012, the Obama campaign and supporters spent approximately $400 million according to the Federal Election Commission.

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The Mitt Romney presidential campaign of 2012 began when Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947), former Governor of Massachusetts, launched his second candidacy for the presidency of the United States in a bid to win the 2012 presidential election. His candidacy was formally announced on 2 June 2011 in Stratham, New Hampshire.

He filed his organization with the Federal Elections Commission as an exploratory committee, and announced the organization in a video message on 11 April 2011. He became the party’s presumptive nominee with his victory in the Texas primary on 29 May 2012.

On 11 August 2012, in Norfolk, Virginia, Romney announced that his running mate for vice president is Paul Ryan, the U.S. Congressman for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district.

On 30August 2012, in Tampa, Florida, Romney formally accepted the Republican Party’s nomination at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Jill Stein

Jill Stein (born 14 May 1950), a physician from Massachusetts, gave indication in August 2011 that she was considering running for President of the United States with the Green Party in the 2012 national election. She wrote in a published questionnaire that she had been asked to run by a number of Green activists and felt compelled to consider the possibility after the US debt-ceiling crisis which she called “the President’s astounding attack on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – a betrayal of the public interest.”

Stein received the presidential nomination of Green Party at its nominating convention in Baltimore on 14 July 2012. The campaign received enough contributions to qualify for primary season federal matching funds from the FEC,and on 11 July 2012, Stein selected anti-poverty activist Cheri Honkala as her running mate for the Green vice-presidential nomination.

Randall Terry

In January 2011, Randall Almira Terry (born 1959)announced his intention to challenge President Barack Obama in the Democratic Party primaries for the presidential election of 2012. His whole campaign strategy was based upon a commercial during Super Bowl XLVI featuring graphic photographs of aborted foetuses; historically, the networks have refused all political and issue-related advertising during the Super Bowl, citing equal-time rules and the advertisement did not air.

The attempt to air the ads led to legal action and a statement by the Democratic National Committee that Terry was not a legitimate candidate,and thus should be forbidden privileges given others running.

According to unofficial results, Terry received 18% of the vote in the 2012 Democratic Oklahoma Presidential Primary. He also won 11 counties in the state, including the entire panhandle, and will be awarded two delegates in the Democratic Primary. It was the only primary in which Terry won any counties or delegates; he had also appeared on the ballots in Alaska, Missouri, and New Hampshire.

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