Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang is joining dozens of former Democrats and Republicans, some from the Bush and Reagan administrations, to form a new third political party to appeal to the millions of American voters who find themselves increasingly frustrated by the impasse. two-party system.
The Forward Party announced its entry into the national arena on Wednesday, as Reuters first reported, and will be co-chaired by Christine Todd Whitman, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, and Mr. Yang, who left the Democratic party. Last year. to register as an independent and form an earlier iteration of the new centrist party.
“It’s time to deliver the new approach to partisan politics that millions of Americans have been waiting for: Forward! Let’s go!” Mr. Yang, who also ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of New York City in 2021, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.
This new third party, which hopes to become a national challenger to the two-party system by the 2024 presidential election, is the Renew America Movement, created last year by dozens of former Republicans from Reagan, Bush Sr, Bush and the Trump administrations; the Forward Party, founded by Mr. Yang last year when he launched a book with the party’s namesake; and the Serve America Movement, a centrist group of Democrats, Republicans and independents founded by former George W Bush staffers and whose executive director is former Republican Congressman David Jolly.
“After years of working side by side to reform our democracy, we are thrilled to announce that we are officially merging with @Fwd_Party & @samforus as #ForwardParty! Together we will move our nation #FWD,” the official Renew America movement, with a message almost identical to those tweeted by the Forward Party and the Serve America movement.
Part of the rollout for the new third will include major events in dozens of cities this fall, with an official launch in Houston on Sept. 24 and hopes for a first national convention — the location of which has yet to be announced — being held next summer.
The group has yet to provide specific details on what its policies will be on various issues, but said its centrist vision will inform its twin pillars to “reinvigorate a just and thriving economy” and to “give Americans more choice.” in elections, more confidence in a functioning government and more influence over our future.
“The United States badly needs a new political party – one that reflects the moderate, common-sense majority,” leaders Mr. Jolly, Ms. Todd and Mr. Yang wrote in a statement. Washington Post editorial presenting the group’s entry into Beltway politics.
The party cited a February 2021 Gallup poll as a motivator for forming the new organization, which found that 62% of American adults said the two mainstream parties “do such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is required. .”
The finding was a notable increase from a previous poll, taken shortly before the 2020 presidential election, which found that only 57% of Americans seek third-party input, reflecting a trend that has elevated the notion in recent times. years. In 2013 and 2015, 60% of Americans supported an additional party outside of the GOP and Dems, and by 2017 that percentage had risen to 61%.
In discussing the violent U.S. Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021, leaders wrote in The Washington Post about how this moment reflected a grim reality for the American political system moving forward.
“How do you deal with such a crisis? they wrote. “In a system torn by two increasingly divided extremes, you must reintroduce choice and competition.”
The last time a third-party candidate was elected to the nation’s highest office was in 1860, when the then newly formed Republican Party (created just six years earlier) launched Abraham Lincoln for president, displacing thus the republican party of then. dominant Whig party.
Still, the new party remains optimistic about its ability to secure party registration and ballot access in 30 states by the end of 2023 and by the end of 2024 be active in all 50 states.
Finances, usually a burden for entry into the main political scene for smaller third parties, will also not be an issue, co-chair Mr Yang told Reuters in an interview.
“We are starting in a very solid financial position. Financial support will not be an issue,” he said, confirming that the party will start with a budget of around $5 million and has donors lined up alongside hundreds of thousands of members of the basis of the three merged groups.
Online, critics of the new party on both sides of the aisle were quick to slam the group for being a ploy by their opposition to steal votes ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
“OK good. Libs and RINOs form a new party to take votes away from squishes called Forward. Might as well call it #Uniparty,” tweeted Republican Senator from Arizona Wendy Rogers.
“Former Republicans and Democrats want to form a new party called Forward. The only thing I can see doing. Takes votes away from Democrats and helps Republicans. We don’t need a 4th party,” one user tweeted.
While Stuart Stevens, a Republican consultant and never Trump, said during an appearance on MSNBC that he sees the Forward Party as a distraction from the much bigger issues facing American politics.
“My biggest fear about this is that it’s going to distract and distract people from what really is the biggest crisis we have – which is stopping an autocratic movement,” Mr Stevens said.
For its part, the newly formed party, which Yang said will be the third-largest party in terms of resources, surpassing the Green and Libertarian parties, does not shy away from accusations that they will be “spoilers” for the two behemoths. .
“Some call third parties ‘spoilers.’ But the system is already spoiled,” they wrote. “Both major parties have shut out the competition and America is suffering for it.”
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