The problem if Ron Paul tried to win the AE nomination is that he would have to come up with a running mate who balanced the ticket. Presumably he would have to select a VP who wanted to increase government spending and/or have more wars in order to gain the AE nomination
I mention Paul because on the AE website he by far the “most tracked” candidate. Under the “Candidates” section of the site, there is a listing of which candidates have been pegged by the most people for possible support, or ‘tracked.’
Ron Paul does always show up better VISIBLY than in actual votes. I remember couple years ago when all over the Florida town where I live there were not only Ron Paul signs but people handing out literature, talking — you’d think he surely must have 30% of the vote.
I think he got less than 5. He has WONDERFUL SMART HARDWORKING VOLUNTEERS, as does the Libertarian Party.
Roemer,on the other hand, I believe has ability to be a cross-the-politicla-spectrum populist because he’s for Fair Trade (only candidate in either party). When I worked on Ross Perot campaign (he was original Fair trader, against passage of NAFTA) I must have talked to hundreds of people when we’d collect signatures at state fairs in NH. I never met ONE person who wasn’t against NAFTA and free trade. To me that is the KEY POPULIST ISSUE OF OUR TIME, if it could but get out there. I swear the two parties have this agreement (as well as those who host the debates) “If you don’t bring up trade I won’t” — I’ve never yet heard a question in a debate asking about the deficit, or something like — “Looking back, if y ou had it to do again, would y ou support NAFTA?’
Kucinich ONCE in2008 debates brought it up and how the president could give 6 months notice to get out of NAFTA and WTO — my gosh that host just smoothly moved on without a ripple never even asked for further discussion or even what Kucinich was talking about.
It’s a plot I swear.
I’m for Roemer and want him in the debates just to raise our suicidala trade agreements as an issue.
#13 Trent: I think it would be difficult, but presumably not impossible, for Ron Paul to find a Libertarian whose views would be sufficiently different from his own to qualify as producing a balanced ticket for Americans Elect.
The AE rules provide that the ticket must consist of “persons of differing ideological perspective or positions on the Platform of Questions.” The Candidate Certification Committee judges whether the ticket is balanced, subject to reversal by a 2/3 vote of all delegates. However, as Richard pointed out above, any ticket consisting of a Republican and a Democrat shall be deemed to be balanced. (By the way, the same rule provides that a person is considered to be a member of the party they were enrolled in the majority of the time from Jan. 1, 2008 to the present, so a last-minute party switch wouldn’t help.)