Tag: Third-Party Politics (US)

What’s a Little Hyperbole Among Friends?

Gail Collins: So Bret, Donald Trump gets a roughly $355 million fine for fibbing about his fortune. Too much? Too little? Am I wrong for starting to chortle? Bret Stephens: Gail, I would never want to stop you from chortling, but here goes: I think the case was ridiculous and the verdict outrageous. And dumb. […]

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RFK Jr.’s Ad Collides With Decades-Long Kennedy Family Legacy

A Super Bowl advertisement promoting the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — a remake of a 1960 spot that helped put his uncle John F. Kennedy in the White House — has struck a nerve with Kennedy family members and friends, who worry that it exploits and potentially tarnishes the legacy of a […]

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Meet the Woman Who Helped Pay for That R.F.K. Super Bowl Ad

Super Bowl ads cost a fortune. So when a group backing the presidential bid of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. ran a 30-second ad for him during Sunday night’s game, the political world took notice. How had the super PAC of a long-shot independent candidate paid for such a costly spot, and whose idea was it […]

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Is Trump’s MAGA ‘Superpower’ Actually His ‘Kryptonite’?

What does President Biden have to do to catch up to Donald Trump? According to Michael Podhorzer, former political director of the AFL-CIO, exposing and clarifying Trump’s 2025 agenda will be crucial to Biden’s success or failure: Donald Trump will lose the election to the extent that voters accurately understand what his plans for a […]

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Joe Manchin Would Like Your Attention, and He is Not Alone

It seems to be quite the year for third-party presidential candidates. There’s Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is running as an independent alternative to President Biden and Donald Trump. There is Cornel West, a professor of philosophy at Union Theological Seminary, who is also running as an independent. And there is Jill Stein, running again […]

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Running for President Is Not a Hobby

Think I have something good to report, people. No, it’s not about how to get your kids Taylor Swift tickets in Tokyo. My news is that Dean Phillips is not going to run as a third-party candidate for president. “No! No!” he assured me when I asked him the big question this week. OK, you’re […]

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Nikki Haley Can Do a Lot of Damage

Bret Stephens: Hi, Gail. It’s fair to say that Nikki Haley has next-to-no chance of beating Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. Give her your best advice: Give up now? Fight a guerrilla campaign right up to the G.O.P. convention? Or join forces with someone like Joe Manchin in a third party? Gail Collins: Third […]

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Dean Phillips Floats a No Labels Bid if 2024 Is Trump vs. Biden

Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota, a Democrat running a long-shot primary challenge to President Biden, said on Saturday that he would consider running on the ticket of No Labels, a centrist group exploring an independent bid, if it appeared the general election would be a rematch between Mr. Biden and Donald J. Trump. In an […]

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Manchin Stirs Chatter of 2024 Third-Party Bid in New Hampshire

During an eyebrow-raising visit to New Hampshire on Friday, Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia name-checked friends who are elected officials in the Granite State and complimented the discerning nature of its voters. He paid homage to the state’s first-in-the-nation primary tradition and swiped at President Biden’s decision to undercut New Hampshire’s power in […]

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Is Liz Cheney Really Thinking About Running for President in 2024?

Liz Cheney was widely seen as a Republican superstar in the making, perhaps even a future president, before she was elected to Congress in 2016. Ms. Cheney never discouraged the talk, but Donald J. Trump shattered her glittering future after she voted to impeach him in 2021 and became a pariah in the G.O.P. Now, […]

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R.F.K. Jr. Allies Say They’ll Spend Over $10 Million on Ballot Access

A super PAC backing the independent presidential candidacy of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is planning to spend $10 million to $15 million to get Mr. Kennedy on the ballot in 10 states, a substantial effort that, even if partly successful, could heighten Democratic concerns about his potential to play the role of spoiler in 2024. […]

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Has No Labels Become a Stalking Horse for Trump?

“While there is precedent for third-party candidates in presidential elections,” she wrote, “there is little precedent for an organization backwards-engineering a presidential ticket and agenda.” Asked whether No Labels should be required to register as a political party, she responded: If No Labels fields candidates, it should register as a political party. It has the […]

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Latino Business Advocate Stung by Misconduct Claims Resurfaces With ‘No Labels’

No Labels, the centrist organization that is vying to gain ballot access for the 2024 presidential election, has joined forces with Javier Palomarez, an advocate of Hispanic-owned businesses with a history of allegations of workplace financial misconduct and sexual harassment. In 2018, Mr. Palomarez stepped down from his job as chief executive of the United […]

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How R.F.K. Jr.’s Causes Made Him Millions of Dollars

In 2021, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. earned more than $500,000 as the chairman and top lawyer at Children’s Health Defense, the nonprofit organization that he has helped build into a leading spreader of anti-vaccine falsehoods and a platform for launching his independent bid for the White House. The compensation was almost three times as high […]

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Will Joe Manchin Run for President? He Keeps Fueling 2024 Rumors.

Almost since he arrived in Washington, Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia has complained about the partisan nature of the Capitol and insisted that Americans aren’t as politically divided as the people they send to Congress. With his announcement on Thursday that he will not seek re-election next year, Mr. Manchin again floated the […]

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Jill Stein Announces Third-Party Bid for President

Jill Stein, who ran unsuccessfully for president on the Green Party ticket in 2012 and 2016, will run again in 2024, she announced on Thursday — adding yet another name to the field even as the two major parties appear almost certain to nominate the same two candidates who ran in 2020. “Democrats have betrayed […]

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RFK Jr. Reveals How Voters Are Dreading a Trump-Biden Rematch

A looming rematch next year between President Biden and former President Donald J. Trump has left voters deeply dissatisfied with their options, longing for alternatives and curious about independent candidates like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., according to new polls of six battleground states conducted by The New York Times and Siena College. Both Mr. Biden […]

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Cornel West’s Improvisational Run for President: ‘It’s Jazz All the Way Down’

Cornel West, the left-wing public intellectual and independent presidential candidate, stood on a rainy stretch of suburban highway in New York’s Rockland County. “Watch that truck!” he called out, holding up a United Auto Workers sign. A dump truck blew past, the spray from its wheels momentarily knocking Mr. West back on his feet and […]

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Democratic Group Steps Up Warnings Over a No Labels Third Party Bid

The Democratic group Third Way has released a new broadside against the No Labels effort to field a third-party presidential ticket in 2024, citing a recent polling presentation that shows a hypothetical ticket scrambling a race between President Biden and former President Donald J. Trump. In a memo published Tuesday, Third Way — a center-left […]

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Is Not Ready for Prime Time

I know you have a lot on your mind, people. But if you’ve got a few minutes to spare, let’s talk about Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Come on. It’s either him or Jim Jordan. Perhaps you’ve heard that Kennedy is now running for president as a third-party candidate. Meaning that he’s hoping to appeal to […]

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The Spoiler Threat of R.F.K. Jr.

Rebecca Davis O’Brien contributed reporting. Fact-checking by Susan Lee. The Daily is made by Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Dan Powell, Sydney Harper, Mike Benoist, Liz […]

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Would a 3-Way Arizona Senate Race Help Kari Lake? Her Party Isn’t So Sure.

Republicans are growing anxious that their chances of capturing a Senate seat in Arizona would be diminished in a potential three-way race that included Kyrsten Sinema, the independent incumbent. While Ms. Sinema hasn’t announced whether she will run for re-election, the race already includes Representative Ruben Gallego, a Democrat, and Kari Lake, a Republican scheduled […]

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Run for President as Independent, Leaving Democratic Primary

In a move that could alter the dynamics of the 2024 election, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said on Monday that he would continue his presidential run as an independent candidate, ending his long-shot pursuit of the Democratic nomination against an incumbent president. “I am here to declare myself an independent candidate for president of the […]

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Biden Allies Try to Squash Third-Party Candidates

Powerful allies of President Biden are aggressively working to stop third-party and independent presidential candidacies, fearing that an outside bid could cost Democrats an election that many believe will again come down to a few percentage points in key battleground states. As attempts to mount outside campaigns multiply, a broad coalition has accelerated a multipronged […]

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Cornel West, Dropping Green Party, Will Run as an Independent

Cornel West, the left-wing academic and third-party presidential candidate, said Thursday that he will not seek the Green Party’s nomination for president, running instead as an independent. The West campaign gave little explanation for the move, which appeared counterproductive to his goal of getting his name on ballots nationwide, but noted his desire not to […]

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Kevin McCarthy Surprised Us All

Gail Collins: I didn’t think I’d be saying this, Bret, but we’ve dodged a shutdown. It’s a stupendous moment for Kevin McCarthy. Now if he gets tossed out as House speaker by the right wing, he’ll go down in history as the guy who sacrificed his career for the common good. As opposed to the […]

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Discontent With Party Politics Reaches New Heights

Close to one year away from the 2024 presidential election, most Americans say they are discontent with their candidate choices, and 28 percent of Americans say they do not like either political party, quadruple the share that said the same thing 30 years ago. But the question remains whether voters will hold their noses and […]

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He Was a Hillary Clinton Cheerleader. Now He Calls Democrats a Threat.

In 2017, Mr. Daou started a short-lived online platform, endorsed by Mrs. Clinton, that aimed to fight “a proliferation of confusing, chaotic misinformation” with verified, Clinton-affirming facts. He denounced “Russia’s successful hacking of our election using cyberespionage, online intimidation, and disinformation.” He now mocks the “liberal speak” of Democrats: “January 6, January 6, January 6, […]

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Manchin Mulls His Political Future, Keeping Washington Guessing

Senator Joe Manchin III, the conservative West Virginia Democrat, was attending an event in his home state last month when he made a joke that quickly touched off the latest round of feverish speculation about his political future. “I will also endorse Jim for basketball coach,” Mr. Manchin said, suggesting that the popular Republican governor, […]

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