Yang and Whitman form the Forward Party

jackson03

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One-time Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and former Republican governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman, among others, have formed the Forward Party. Their intent is to have third-party ballot access in 50 states before 2024. A real chance like Ross Perot in '92? Or just a pipe dream? And which mainstream party, Republican or Democrat, might end up most affected if they gain traction?

Yang most notably is affiliated with Dr. Oz, GOP senatorial candidate in PA. As well as regularly appearing on Tucker Carlson's show.

 

The Dock

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The only statewide elections (major offices, e.g. US Senate or Governor) I could see "them" winning would be a situation similar to Lieberman vs Lamont in the '06 Connecticut U.S. Senate race, or, like, if Sinema gets beat in a primary and these guys back her for the general. In reach could be the Maryland and Massachusetts governors races down the line, but who knows.
 

Gulliotine

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The risk of it leading to a Progressive victory is to high. It's a bad idea.

Just nominate better in the primaries.

Going to need to see some more names signing on to this, but I don't see CTW leading a bunch of moderate Republicans astray. Hopefully it pulls the other way.

That said, I don't like the sound of it.

"The merger involves the Renew America Movement, formed in 2021 by dozens of former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump; the Forward Party, founded by Yang, who left the Democratic Party in 2021 and became an independent; and the Serve America Movement, a group of Democrats, Republicans and independents whose executive director is former Republican congressman David Jolly."
 

joesports

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I would love to see this … in time I would love to see a third party take about 10% of Congress … leaving 40% to 50% for the Republicans & Democrats each … thus both would have to negotiate at least one other party to get anything … thus keep both sides from straining too far either way … just what we need
 

soccerdad72

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Until they actually get a person in office under their new party, it's a pipe dream by a group of "former" elected officials.

I'm all for it, however.
 

cabezadecaballo

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I would love to see this … in time I would love to see a third party take about 10% of Congress … leaving 40% to 50% for the Republicans & Democrats each … thus both would have to negotiate at least one other party to get anything … thus keep both sides from straining too far either way … just what we need
Of course you want to see this. Diluting or splitting the anti-Biden/Pelosi/Schumer voter pool is the only hope that your owners in the Democrat Party have at this point.
 

oxat622

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So this would be the party of "I like most of their policies, but I'm scared to be called a lib tard or a socialist by the folks at the bar"
 

soccerdad72

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The problem is that independents and moderates tend to sit out the primaries. If you're tired of extremist winning the nomination then get out and vote in the primary.

As a moderate, the problem ends up being a lack of moderates that tend to even make it to the primary. Most drop out early on when their polling is non-existant.
 

oxat622

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The Republican party would absolutely SLAY if their messaging moved closer to moderate stances and stop reading from the MTG, Gaetz, and Boebert playbook. I'm surprised they don't realize this. More Mit Romney, Paul Ryan, pre-2016 Rand Paul.
 

joesports

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Of course you want to see this. Diluting or splitting the anti-Biden/Pelosi/Schumer voter pool is the only hope that your owners in the Democrat Party have at this point.
I’m not surprised you still think party first … not what would be best for all … I care about my country not “my party” … a concept that seems foreign to most on here.
 

nwwarrior09

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Seeing a lot of reasons why this won't pan out here...many are terrified of the "up front costs", i.e. I'm throwing my vote away by voting for this, and the "other side" will get more power effectively making the two-party system a one-party system. Got plenty of this in the aftermath of 2016 with bitching about 3rd party voters, who accounted for over 5% of the vote, getting Trump elected. 3rd party voters dropped from over 5% of the electorate in 2016 to about 1.8% of the electorate in 2020.

This won't go anywhere, but it will get a weird cross section of interest from moderates, independents, and some that don't cleanly fit a specific ideological box like a Yang or a Sinema.
 

bob99

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If this new party could draw more of the moderates politicians from both parties it could gain traction. Give the "Rinos" and "Dinos" a landing spot and it might make some gains. Maybe run some candidates that don't belong in a nursing home?
 

y2h

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The Republican party would absolutely SLAY if their messaging moved closer to moderate stances and stop reading from the MTG, Gaetz, and Boebert playbook. I'm surprised they don't realize this. More Mit Romney, Paul Ryan, pre-2016 Rand Paul.
Romney, Ryan etc are the problem, not the solution.
 
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