With 62% of Americans telling Gallup pollsters last year that the nation needs a third major political party, centrist Democrats and Republicans are rolling one out.
Former officials from both parties last week announced the creation of the Forward party. Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican governor of New Jersey, are the co-chairs.
The #ForwardParty is joining forces with @samforus and @RenewAmerica to form the biggest 3rd party by resources in the United States!! That’s right – the @Fwd_Party is now the biggest 3rd party org in the country – and we are just getting started! https://t.co/xI7hBzr56l
— Andrew Yang🧢⬆️🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) July 27, 2022
The idea driving the Forward party is to “reinvigorate a fair, flourishing economy” and to “give Americans more choices in elections, more confidence in a government that works, and more say in our future,” Reuters reported.
Yang Says Party Has Strong Financial Support
Many third parties have come and gone. One of the big hurdles is attracting enough donors to build a political infrastructure that can successfully compete against the Republicans and Democrats across the 50 states.
But Yang told Reuters: “We are starting in a very strong financial position. Financial support will not be a problem.”
Read more at this Reuters link.
To read the commentary “A third major party? Don’t hold your breath,” go to this link.