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Will Frustrated Voters Bolt GOP and Dems for This New Centrist Party?



This is one of the logos being used by the new centrist Forward political party. (Twitter/Andrew Yang)
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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 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.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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