Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur who has enjoyed a surprise surge in popularity in his bid to become the Democratic nominee for the 2020 US presidential election, has announced the launch of a new centrist third party.
Yang said the new Forward Party, which has been formed with Republicans, Democrats and independents, will be the largest in terms of resources in the United States outside of the Democratic and Republican goliath parties, which have long been the forces. the country’s most dominant policies. . The new party will embark on a nationwide construction tour in the fall (fall), he said.
“It’s time to deliver the new approach to partisan politics that millions of Americans have been waiting for: Forward! Let’s go! Yang, who also unsuccessfully ran for mayor of New York in 2021, wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
Forward, which aims to be on the ballot in 15 states by the end of the year and all 50 by 2024, is the result of several smaller organizations merging.
These include an earlier version of the party created by Yang after he quit the Democratic Party last year.
It also includes the Serve America Movement, which is a coalition of former members of the main parties led by former Republican Congressman David Jolly, and the Renew America Movement, a group of former Republican administration staffers led by the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, Miles. Taylor, who served under former President Donald Trump.
Reuters news agency reported that former New Jersey Republican Governor Christine Whitman would initially co-chair the party with Yang.
The party’s platform plans to move away from “rigid…one size fits all” political pillars, saying instead that its candidates will be united by broad themes of upholding freedom, helping communities grow and to strengthen democracy, while seeking to emphasize problem-solving rather than traditional partisan politics. .
In a Washington Post op-ed published Wednesday, Jolly, Todd and Yang wrote that the January 6, 2021 storming of the US Capitol by Trump supporters hoping to undo Joe Biden’s election victory reflected a grim prospect for an American democracy. increasingly defined by polarized views that do not represent the majority of voters.
“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.”
“America badly needs a new political party – one that reflects the moderate, common sense majority,” they wrote.
Still, gaining ground for a third remains a daunting challenge in the United States.
No third-party candidate has won a presidential election in the era of modern Democratic and Republican parties. The last third-party candidate to win a state in a presidential election was segregationist George Wallace, who won five in the 1968 vote.
Members of other major third parties, including Libertarian and Green parties, have only sporadically held seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, although third parties generally fare better in local and state elections. .
Third parties have also been accused of siphoning off votes from the major parties with which they most align.
The most famous example of this occurred in the 2000 presidential election, when critics blamed left-leaning Green Party candidate Ralph Nader for costing Democrat Al Gore victory in Florida. Republican George W Bush ultimately won the state, and in turn the presidency, by just 537 votes, though some analysts have argued the loss was more likely attributed to Democrats choosing to vote Republican, not Democrats turning away. to the Green Party.
Jolly, Todd and Yang anticipated criticism, arguing that the status quo, in which large swathes of the United States are dominated by one party and only a few consecutive races make a difference in federal elections, deserves an overhaul.
“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.”