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November 9th, 2010
04:56 PM ET

Who would you support as 3rd party candidate in 2012?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Maybe 2012 will be the year when a third-party candidate has a real shot at the White House.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Maybe this time will be different.
It's still two years away, but some potential candidates are already making some noise, including our mayor here in New York, Michael Bloomberg.

The Republican-turned-independent is out with some colorful criticism of the incoming members of Congress.

During a trip to Hong Kong, China, Bloomberg said many of them "can't read" and probably don't have passports. He warned that we're about to start a trade war with China because "nobody knows where China is. Nobody knows what China is."

Bloomberg added that the United States should stop blaming China and everybody else and take a look at ourselves. There's a thought.

Some suggest that if the Republicans nominate a far-right candidate - like Sarah Palin - in 2012, it could provide a perfect opening for a politician like Bloomberg to run for president.

It wouldn't hurt to have someone who knows a thing or two about the economy and business sitting in the Oval Office. Especially if the economy doesn't improve and we're still looking at high unemployment.

Of course there are always the same challenges for a third party - including getting on the ballot, raising money and generally trying to make yourself heard in a political system that's intentionally built to keep two parties in and keep everyone else out.

But if the voters are as fed up in 2012 as they are in 2010 - if they're as set on voting against the status quo - maybe, just maybe, we'll try something new.

Here’s my question to you: Who would you like to see run as a third party candidate in 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mack writes:
I would give my full support to Michael Bloomberg. The man has balanced both liberal and conservative values while insuring New York City remains a cultural hub that is not soft on crime or swimming in deficit. With the divisions in the United States today maybe some balance wouldn't hurt.

Kevin in Alabama writes:
No, Jack, I went there in 1992 with Ross Perot and all that did was split the conservative vote. I do not want another chance at a Bill Clinton!

Iris in Los Angeles writes:
For crying out loud, Jack! No one wants to hear anything about 2012. The voters of this country need a break from the perpetual state of campaign that we are in. Please, just give it a rest until the first of the year.

Donald writes:
A Bloomberg/Powell ticket. Game over. I'm a registered Democrat, by the way. I voted for my first Independent – Charlie Crist – ever in the last election.

Kat writes:
It is sounding more and more like a viable idea. The right wingers are just plain crazy, the lunatics have taken over the asylum. Obama, whom I respect, has gone soft. The Democrats are wimps. If Bloomberg disavowed the conservative right, was pro-choice and kept the health care bill mostly intact he could be a winner.

Ed in New York writes:
New Jersey Governor Christie. So far, he has shown staunch independence in pursuit of doing the right thing.

Steve in California writes:
Absolutely, I would support a third party candidate as I think the rest of the country is ready for anyone who isn't Democrat or Republican. I don't believe a Tea Party candidate is the appropriate choice either. We need a good INDEPENDENT who would govern in the center and has some business experience, that person has not been found yet.

Cal in Ohio writes:
Ron Paul. Period.

Gordon writes:
As much as I think Michael Bloomberg would make a good president, I fear he and Obama would split the "readers with passports" vote, tossing the election choice to Home Shopping Network voters who think international travel is a trip to Disney's Small World.


Filed under: 2012 Election
soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    My most favorable impression of a potential candidate, so far, is Mitch Daniels, irregardless of what party he might run under.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  2. Harold from Anchorage

    I'd like to see a Palin/O'Donnel ticket.....
    the comedians are starting to run short of material.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  3. Joanne Buck

    Don't know of anyone now as we have two years to look at the issue.
    I am for Chris Christie if we could talk him into running for Pres...don't think he wants to until 2016 as he wants to clean up New Jesey first – and it appears he's on his way to do just that.
    Chris Christie we are for irregardless what party he is. It's not about Dem or Rep in 2012, it's about honesty and professionalism in the White House. Christie is a breath of fresh air as he speaks his mind, is not a chicken and will take on anyone and so be it, he's straightforward and would guess pretty darn honest.
    Joanne
    Mn

    November 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  4. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Sarah Palin. She would split the Republican vote.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  5. Ed from Port Aransas, TX

    Yes, but what do I know? I supported Ross Perot, twice.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  6. Greg, Ontario

    Jack they say if it aint broke don't fix it but what if it is broke? You guys are in serious trouble and the people that put you there are still running things. It only makes sense to look at a third choice to fix the problems.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  7. Russ in PA

    Don't care if he runs as a third party candidate, but I will always cast my vote for Ron Paul. Some may not care for him, but you always know where he stands on personal liberty and rights, and sound money.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  8. AB

    I might support a 3rd party candidate if that candidate espoused views that are left of center, ran a campaign with the preview of winning and had a reasonable chance of winning the election.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  9. AB

    I might support a 3rd party candidate if that candidate espoused views that are left of center, ran a campaign with the preview of winning and had a reasonable chance of winning the election. That candidate would be Bernie Sanders if he ever decided to run for president.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  10. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Anyone or party that was not indebted to or committed to lobbyist or people of wealth

    November 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  11. Jane (Minnesota)

    It would depend Jack – if they are from the wing nut section (ie: Tea Baggers); definitely NOT!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  12. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Native Americans would suit me Fine! A Native American party would be perfect for these times to remind us of true vales and principles....

    November 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  13. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I'd like to see Hillary Clinton run as a 3rd party against Obama, split the Liberal vote and get a Fiscally conservative (Not to be confused with Faux conservative) Republican in the White House.
    If that doesn't work, let's bring back Ross Perot for the fun of it.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  14. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Sure Jack if his name is Honest Abe.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  15. Robert

    I normally vote Republican but the Republicans do not seem, at present, to have a strong candidate. The only "presidential" candidate that could win as a 3rd party or independent is, I feel, Hillary Clinton – and I would seriously consider voting for her. I am so tired of the on-going standoff between the Democrats and the Republicans.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  16. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I wish I had an honest answer for you Jack but I don't. A third party candidate would only take votes from the other two. The support is just not there to get someone elected over the other two parties. The problem we have as Americans however is not getting someone elected. It is getting someone competent into power that can work hand in hand with our congress and Senate for the common good of ALL Americans not just the poor and down trodden or the wealthy but ALL of us.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  17. David Alexandria, VA

    Yes - if it was truly an independent candidate who seemed capable of resolving the pressing national issues without yielding common sense to ideological blather. I would support a plain-speaker, not another orator. I would support a "real world" person with experience and measured judgement, not a lipsticked hockey mom. I guess I just want centrist reason to prevail for a change. Aren't we a centrist nation, after all?

    November 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  18. Brian

    Easiest question in a long while... The answer is so obvious.

    RON PAUL!

    No one else can be trusted, at this LATE stage in the game. Dr. Paul has the only proven track record of voting for LIBERTY and THE CONSTITUTION

    WE are headed into the GREATEST Depression and the US dollar will collapse. Ron Paul warned us of this a decade ago!

    November 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  19. Mike North Port, FL

    A third party candidate will ensure that Obama is re-elected in 2012. More than likely this candidate will be either a moderate republican or a Tea Party son. The democrats would love to see a third party candidate in the upcoming presidential election. What we really need is a leader who will lock congress behind closed doors until it hashes out reasonable legislation to resolve our economic, immigration, and healthcare problems.
    Fat Chance!

    November 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  20. Tina Tx

    No!!. I have a hard enough time with two parties and the third would be the off the wall nutters called Tea Party and just too extreme. We would go back decades instead of moving forward.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  21. southerncousin

    Definitely, Can't go democrat, there is no there, there except for Hillary and I don't see her running. The democrats, with more than willing help and assistance from the mainstream media, have demonized and demeaned all the republicans to the point where they cannot win. So a 3rd party candidate that can sneak up on the unions and their toadys in the media and the DNC would be welcome.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  22. Loren

    If the Democrats run President Obama and the Repulbicans run Sarah Palin, I would have to support a third party candidate, assuming that he wasn't another lackluster candidate. But third party candidacies really need a sterling candidate to have a chance, and no one has appeared on the horizon.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  23. Tim Donnelly

    Nobody at present, however, the two current parties would make it difficult for a third part candidate to emerge as possibility.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  24. Steve - Chula Vista, CA

    Absolutely I would support a Third party candidate as I think the rest of the country is ready for anyone who isn't Democrat or Republican. I don't believe a Tea Party candidate is the appropriate choice either. We need a good INDEPENDENT who would govern in the center and has some business experience, that person has not been found yet.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  25. Al

    I would support someone in business more than a career politician. Someone that is committed to making the tough decisions and standing alone if need to be, to present options to getting the country back on track. Someone that isn't interested in the popularity contest that is the American party system but interested, truly interested, in helping the American people.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  26. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack I would support Sarah Palin as a third party candidate in the 2012 election. I am at a point in my life where I need a lot of belly laughs to bring me out of the depression I am in over where we are as a country. Watching her during debates and the news media trying to get answers from statements she made, would leave me rolling in laughter. It also would be the first time I ever watch Fox News. I would love to see their reaction to something they help to create. Like the saying goes, "be careful what you wish for it might come true".

    November 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  27. Ed from California

    The only candidate...........President Obama! This last election proved one thing, your vote does count. Next time vote!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  28. Patsy, Texas

    Short answer, Jack, Michael Bloomberg as an Independent.
    Long, answer, he is absolutely right about Tea Party candidates. I
    think he meant by his "can't read" comment, that most of them
    can't comprehend. I also think his passport comment meant they
    have no experience in dealing with other Countries. If they have no
    passport, they have never visited another Country. Seeing first
    hand how the rest of the World lives is a great education.
    He has a plant trees in New York City policy which shows an interest
    in the environment (which the Republicans do not). There just
    seems to be a variety of interests and certainly expertise in so many
    areas, that he would certainly cause me to want to learn more about him
    and how he might be as our President. I am still rooting for President
    Obama though, because he has not been given a fair chance, and
    his policies have not had time to work. Eight years against eighteen
    months is not a true comparison. No Tea Party candidate will ever
    be acceptable for me. Thank you.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  29. Chuck

    Jack: There is only one candidite I will vote for in 2012. That is President Obama!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  30. Tom-Florida

    Jack,
    Third party candidates come out of the same cake mix as the two main parties. They have an axe to grind because they weren't the chosen ones and/or have huge sums of cash available for their campaigns. And then we have the Libertarians, imagine a party of Rand Paul and more class warfare, just what we need. I'm sure that Christine O'Donnell and Sarah Palin would be there, so what's new?

    November 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  31. Joey in San Diego, CA

    I would support anyone who isn't a Democrat or Republican, the time to shake things up is now. The country has had it with both parties and career politicians who have no business or even common sense. Problem is nobody any good wants the job. Jack, maybe you could run and save the country.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  32. Pete from Georgia

    Conan O'Brien !!!!!!

    Who else ???

    November 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  33. Pete from Georgia

    Conan O'Brien !!!!

    What this country needs is a "Basic Cable" President !!!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  34. Jim

    Jack,

    I don't know. But I will tell you there are some that I would not support: Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell, Carl Paladino, Ken Buck, Tom Tandcredo or any other wingnut (either party) that may pop up on the scene.

    If a good 3rd party candidate did show up and be more of a Middle Class Moderate then I would be interested.

    Jim in Denver, CO

    November 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  35. Keith - Twinsburg, Ohio

    Not really sure who's out there. Plus, this is still a long way off. A lot can happen in a short time of policing...

    Wouldn't it be great if the Third Party called themselves "The Watchdog Party" and were about as 'center' as folks can get. He/She would truely a uniter, keeping the two extremes focused & compromizing... Sort of like they're supposed to be..

    It is time for something to happen to pull in the reigns of the extremists. (Wishing upon a star... Disney-like.)

    November 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  36. Julie

    If there was someone that had what it took to lead this country with honesty, ingregity and loyalty to the USA, I would vote for them.
    Right now I would just like the Republicans and the Demogcrates combine and work together to take of issue rather than pointing fingers.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  37. Peg from N.Y.

    I would seriously consider Mayor Bloomberg, if he ran as a third party
    candidate.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  38. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Frankly, I do n ot see a single person on the horizon who I would support from ANY party! There's not a good one out there. They all seem to be self-serving instead of public serving. The only difference between the two major parties and any third (or fourth, etc) party candidate is that they probably do not manage gather the obscene amounts of contribution money!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  39. Al

    Warren Buffett has more economic credibility than any one who has been in government in the last two decades. As a third party candidate, he could focus on economic growth without getting bogged down in party politics.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  40. phillip e.medwed

    though she is of the democratic party my choice would be LISA MADIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ILLINOIS! she is bright brilliant and has done a lot of good for the people in this state in dealings with corporations trying to rip off the people of ILLINOIS! VOTE FOR LISA!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  41. Jeffrey

    Yes, I would support a "true" fiscal conservative party. One that spends wisely but stay out of our bedrooms and anatomies, and respect religions, as long as they respect the law. The democrats don't feel passionate about anything of substances and the republicans feel too passionate about "empty" issues. I want a party that grows the economy, respect the rights of all, including gays wanting to serve in the military, and protect America from all "real" enemies, not the ones that exist in our fears!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  42. Al, Lawrence KS

    Sarah Palin...I would never vote for her...but the entertainment value would be priceless.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  43. David in Raleigh, NC

    If we changed from the winner take all electoral college to a popular vote, I would consider voting for the 3rd party candidate.

    Unfortunately with the electoral college, a vote for the 3rd party candidate is a wasted vote.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  44. RD

    Barack Obama. No; I'm not kidding.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  45. David in Raleigh, NC

    The 3rd party candidate with the electoral college in place is a spoiler.

    Ross Perot is the reason that Bill Clinton won in 1992 and 1996. Ross Perot split the conservative vote giving Bill Clinton both victories.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  46. D.Peter Waterman

    It's hard enough to choose between a Dem or a GOP, let's not add more hot sauce to the soup. Peter in VT

    November 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  47. Dennis north Carolina

    No one that is in the public eye at this present time. a third party would be great as long the new party is not a spring off the other parties such as the tea party which is republican.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  48. Richard Sweeney

    Michael Bloomberg as a third party candidate for President in 2012! He is the most qualified!

    November 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  49. Don Webb

    Given the current crop of both major parties a 3rd party candidate is likely the ONLY way we will ever see improvement or change.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  50. Richard Sweeney

    Michael Bloomberg as the Third Party Candidate for President in 2012.He is the most qualified.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  51. Mark, OKC

    Absolutely Sarah Palin and don't give me this business about her not being "qualified" to be President. She is every bit as qualified as that empty suit that's sitting in the White House right now....Does anyone think the country would actually be in WORSE shape right now if Palin had been elected president in 2008??

    November 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  52. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Since no third party candidate has a chance in any US election, it doesn’t matter who runs and I don’t care. When there is achance one could be elected I’d like to see Dennis Kucinich (who doesn’t believe in spacemen, by the way) or Ron Paul – or both on the same ticket.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  53. bud rupert

    The premise is rediculous my friend. Third Party Candidates are pipe dreams.

    It does give the media something else to help fill their 15 minute segments. Almost as good as the Presidents 200 million dollar a day red herring

    November 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  54. Ken

    JOE PESCI
    Joe Pesci and Sara Palin running for President of the United States would be entertaining. Even the Titanic had an orchestra on the stern of the sinking ship for entertainment as the ship was going down.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  55. Iris Messina, Los Angeles

    For crying out loud, Jack! No one wants to hear anything about 2012. The voters of this country need a break from the perpertual state of campaign that we are in. Please, just give it a rest until the first of the year

    November 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  56. Cal from Norwalk,Ohio

    Ron Paul. Period.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  57. Paul Austin,Texas

    Kasick would be one and to name another Crist.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  58. sara - seattle

    ralph nader. if the democratic party didnt refuse to listen to his trade policies we could already have solved our trade war problems but they tried to have him arrested for peacefully attending thier 2000 party convention...

    November 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  59. Anna

    No body! Republican, independent, tea party, democrat, who need a third party?

    November 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  60. Jack

    Wolf Blitzer.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  61. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Russ Feingold! He was the only representative to stand up to the very, very, bad decisions by the G.W. Bush administration. Even though most Republicans supported with Bush's march to Iraq, and a lot of middle America's Independents and Democrats agreed with the move,we now know that it was a bad decision based on fabricated evidence. Of course some of us knew that the Bush administration didn't know what they were getting into, and if asked or listened to we could have saved the nation a lot of dead Americans and trillions of dollars. Oh, well.
    Allen
    Hartwell GA

    November 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  62. Paul New Port Richey, Fl

    Which third party Jack? There are Super Bowl parties, birthday parties, kitchenware parties, crisco parties, holiday parties, lingeree parties, make up parties, raiding parties, GI parties; any candidate of which would be better than a Democrat or Republican.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  63. Gary H. Boyd

    Ron Paul. That's based strictly on economics and his approach to our national debt. Mitt Rommney would be great as his VP. Both have a good understanding of economics and financial reality. Those are the qualities needed to get America's financial house in order.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    November 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  64. Greg in Mechanicsburg

    The way things look right now, "None of the Above" gets my vote. Too bad we can't pick that if we don't like our choices so the parties have to go back to their pool of candidates and pick someone else until they get it right.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  65. bud rupert

    Third Party Candidates are pipe dreams my friend. They have NO Chance. It is good for media types to help fill their 15 minute segments though.....HOWEVER. If I have to choose. It would be JOE SCARBOROUGH or MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

    November 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  66. connie- herndon

    colin powell...he might be able to breeak the morality of each party and form a coalition of 3rd party support that would allow us to properly defend against the trade war the rest of the world has already declared on us

    November 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  67. sally

    sarah palin HA HA! if she wins they get what they deserve in there mind anyone except a black person.this is the first time i've seen such disrespect for the president of the united states NOW WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS

    November 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  68. Viv from NY

    While I really like Mayor Bloomberg I would not vote for him or any other 3rd party nominee. I will stick with the President . But I'd love to see Sarah Palin run as a third party nominee. Hopefully enough Republicans are sick of their party and will split apart.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  69. Jeff In Minnesota

    I could see Bloomberg running in 2012. However, at the moment I'm really excited about Hugh Jidette. He just announced his candidacy this morning. I particularly like his campaign message. If we're going to drive the country into the ditch, let's do it with gusto and style!

    November 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  70. Rob in NC

    Any other party will do. I would vote for Bloomberg, if he were smart he would pick someone like Mcchrystal to run with him. It is apparent that none of the people we keep recycling are working, let's try someone, anyone, new. Where are Perot and Forbes? They could probably make it this time!

    November 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  71. G. Rogers Eastman

    As a registered independent, I would like to see Charlie Crist run for President. He was tossed aside by the republican party for Rubio who is a citizen under 14 amendment but the republicans want to cancel that amendment . Does that make Rubio a non citizen then ?

    Fort Myers,FL

    November 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  72. Kevin, Madison AL

    No Jack I went there in 1992 with Ross Perot and all that did was split the conservative vote. I do not want another chance at a Bill Clinton!!!!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  73. Luci

    Why would I want to support a third candiate? I will support President Barock Obama. He has a lot of work to do yet and I believe he can do iy.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  74. gary west Allis, Wi.

    I'd vote for Mickey Mouse if he cold solve....just...one...problem!

    November 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  75. Gordon NJ

    As much as I think Michael Bloomberg, would make a good President, I fear he and Obama would split the "readers with passports" vote, tossing the election choice to home shopping network voters who think international travel is a trip to Disney's Small World.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  76. Jenny Nanuet, NY

    I'd like to see Palin run to challenge a "mainstream" Republican like Romney or Huckabee. That way, Obama would be guaranteed a 2nd term-he DESERVES it.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  77. Bruce Bend OR

    Possibly Jack. But they would have to be of a hell of a lot higher caliber than anything that's been available to us to choose from for many years now. That means scratch the Tea Party with its quasi independent flummery, misdirection, and ardent support of mouthy kooks. I don't know where or how a third party candidate of value could possibly win a national election. I am sure though that there would finally be a real bi-partisan effort between the Dems & GOP ....to quash the upstart.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  78. Jenny from Nanuet, NY

    I'd like to see Palin run to challenge a "mainstream" Republican like Romney or Huckabee. That way, Obama would be guaranteed a 2nd term-because he DESERVES it.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  79. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    That's what we need in 2012, a three way circus. And I wonder who's going to be the clown to win people's vote.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  80. Ken in Maryland

    Bloomberg would be good. He and Palin can split the Republican vote, and Obama wins a second term. Nothing wrong with that!

    November 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  81. Overby from Melbourne

    If Palin and Obama ( or Hillary ) are running in 2012, I don't care who the 3rd Party nominee is, they are getting my vote................

    November 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  82. Gail, Plano TX

    I have no interest in a third party candidate for President in 2012. I voted for Prwsident Obama in 2008 and will vote for him again in 2012!

    November 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  83. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    I would like to see either Michael Bloomberg, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Hillary Clinton, or Chris Christie run as a third party candidate in 2012. They strike me as people with the guts to do what's necessary to turn our economy around.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  84. andy

    chuck heagel

    November 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  85. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, absolutely nobody! A third party candidate ensures Obama another term, because the welfare, racists, and hard left socialists outnumber the independents and Republicans by a margin that will send Obama back to the WH if there is a split in the independent/conservative vote. If the center/conservatives want to ensure this is a one term President, they better get together, and stay together.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  86. Judy C

    Me, I am sick and tired of the congress, seante and the president no hearing each other. So I will run for president.

    Judy C

    November 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  87. Marjorie

    No one! Too many rats never dig a good hole!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  88. Carl

    Jack,

    Great question, Absolutely.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  89. Mack

    I would give my full support to Michael Bloomberg. The man has balanced both liberal and conservative values while insuring New York City remains a cultural hub that is not soft on crime or swimming in deficit. With the divisions in the United States today maybe some balance wouldn't hurt.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  90. Jim in Alabama

    I might vote for a 3rd party considering WHO was running and what their platform was. Personally, I wish we could see the development of a third party because it's gotten to the point that there's not much difference between the Republicans and Democrats and they both ignore those who elect them in order to line their pockets with lobbyists and special interest money. It doesn't seem to matter who we elect or re-elect anymore.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  91. steve - virginia beach

    Bloomberg??? Anyone who's a card-carrying member of the No Illegal Alien Left Behind crowd either doesn't know a thing or two about the economy and business or they're either intellectually dishonest or corrupt. I would consider an actual Independent candidate who actually knows a thing or two about business and the economy and prioritized the interests of the US and our citizens. Someone like Lou Dobbs.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  92. Dave

    No Jack, Michael Bloomberg would not make a good President. Nice endorsement.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  93. Patrick

    Ron Paul!!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  94. Aaron

    Michael Bloomberg without a doubt. I would vote for him in a heartbeat.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  95. Joe CE

    I would not support Bloomberg. He has no feel or the average man and some quikey ideas. He is right about not blaming China, we need to take action to establish FAIR trade. US employeers pay social security and heath benefits. They must meet US heath & safety standards. They must pay a minum wage and contribute to unemplotment compensation. They also must meetenvironmental standards. China is not burdened by any of thes requirements. It is impossible for US employers & US workers to compete. Now I am for free trade in the long term, but diving in whole hog without adjustments for the differences has been disaterous. The golbalist xlaim that free trade creates US jobs, and it does – one for every 10 lost. Free trade up to 100% of their imports from us lasr year, then a 10% quality of living tarriff Bloomberg does not understand this anty more than the Governor of NJ understands the benefits of a new tunnel to NY..

    November 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  96. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Finely you ask a valid question and hears a solid valid answer Lou Dobb's yes that's right Lou Dobb's he's the only one that's worth being our president he dosnt know it yet but he's going to be our next president in 2012 so be so kind and inform him of it Jack .

    November 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  97. Pat

    Former Gov Jesse Ventura!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  98. Craig Johnston

    Rick Perry

    November 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  99. Josh

    John Stewart!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  100. JJ in Arkansas

    Bloomberg would tempt mightily this Yellowdog Democrat.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  101. Ryan I. from Georgia

    I think a Olympia Snowe or a Joe Liberman would be great. Moderate politicians need to be in charge to keep these two sides calm.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  102. Robert

    Howard Stern or Colin Powell

    November 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  103. Scott Schumaier

    BLOOMBERG/STEWART or BLOOMBERG/BUFFET

    Bloomberg/Stewart would be a masterful blend of good economic policy and communication. Bloomberg/Buffet..... economic dream team?

    November 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  104. Ben in Louisville KY

    Cafferty / Blitzer in 2012!!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  105. Docb

    Mr. Bloomberg ran as a republican before he switched to independent and shelled out a bucket of $$$ to get elected to a third term.

    While I like him –think the best thing for the country is to let the quitter run her course-make fools of the repubs and herself and lose!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  106. Markeis Mccray

    I will be happy as long as Palin doesn't become President. I would have to change my citizenship to German if that were to ever happen. Why does anyone ever listen to a thing she says?

    November 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  107. Maneesh

    Jack –

    Jesse Ventura seems to have a genuine interest of the people in mind. He did a fabulous job as both mayor and governor and I am confident that he will do the same as President. I am all for a Jesse Ventura/Ron Paul ticket.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  108. Lorie

    Nobody. I'm happy with our president and would like to see him win his second run.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  109. Marilyn Astrin

    Why Bloomberg, of course!!!. I agree with him on all of those tea party candidates especially their leaders...

    November 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  110. Deborah Seibert, co

    I realize CNN fired him for not being liberal enough, but Lou Dobbs would be perfect. We also need to abolish the electoral college. That allows the east and west coasts to force their will on middle America. Popular vote is the only way to go.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  111. Mario Garcia

    How can you support anyone for the sake of supporting a third party candidate without knowing what they stand for. This mentality is what is hurting the country, following buzzwords and talking points instead of facts.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  112. Josh

    Ron paul. You guys mention bloomberg but fail to mention the guy who predicted the collapse. Wake up and respect Dr. Pauls incredible insight on economics.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  113. D B Rath

    Of course, it will and should be Bloomberg. Why? A self made man can rebuild this country, especially in this economic situation.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  114. Joe O

    Hi, Jack:

    We always hear that Social Security is the third rail of politics, but I've always thought any politician who tells Americans they are dumb voters, stupid drivers or lousy parents would be risking much more.

    Finally, we have Bloomberg willing to do at least one of these. Maybe we need a President who can be so honest.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  115. Donald Bolton

    A Bloomberg/Powell ticket. Game over. I'm a registered Democrat, by the way; I voted for my first Independent – Charlie Crist – ever in the last election.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  116. bnjohanson

    Oh Bloomberg would be outstanding. He understands business and best of all, he would absolutely, unequivocally guarantee not only his own defeat, but take down Obama as well and causing the greates Democratic defeat in history- part 2.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  117. Phil Bradley

    I want to see Ron Paul running as a Libertarian as he did in 1988. People have been taking notice since the 2008 elections, and he has a vast amount of supporters out there. I, for one, will support Ron Paul regardless of his party in 2012.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  118. Christa Laser of Alexandria, Virginia

    I would definitely vote for Michael Bloomberg running as a third-party candidate in 2012. It is the right time to vote third-party. We could use someone who has no allegiance to party to solve the policy clashes that block effective action in this economic crisis.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  119. Paul Sammon

    Bill Clinton – the constitution says a president can only serve 2 consecutive terms, leaving him an opening. He did a good job the first time, we had peace and prosperity.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  120. Thomas Kilmon

    I am a Libertarian. Ron Paul stands for what I believe, however, he is a bit older than anyone who has held the office. I suggest former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson for 2012 . He has proven that he practices what he preaches based upon his record as governor.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  121. Chuck Terrien

    Run Ralph Run!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  122. Nathan Bergstrand

    Jack , an American revolution is on the rise... A Ron Paul Revolution...

    November 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  123. Kat Berton

    It is sounding more and more like a viable idea. The right wingers are just plain crazy – the lunatics have taken over the asylum. Obama whom I respect has gone soft. The Democrats are wimps. If Bloomberg disavowed the conservative right, was pro choice and kept the healtcare bill mostly intact he could be a winner.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  124. Joey from Columbus, Ohio

    To be honest, Jack, the only person that I think I would support as a third party candidate in 2012 is a guy named Jack Cafferty. He's the only guy that would stand up to Washington, by becoming Washington. As for Bloomberg, I think America had enough from president Hoover to know that in a recession millionaires should not become president.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  125. Allan

    As an aussie living here on a 'green card' I have no voting rights..(but I can buy a gun?? ) The third party idea has failed in Australia but surley Bloomberg has some rational arguments...all power to him>

    November 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  126. Thomas

    Paris Hilton for President of course with today's society all screwed up we need Paris Hilton for President and Britney Spears for Vice President!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  127. Kevin Kiely

    Jack, I would love to see you seek the highest office in the country! Think about it, you understand as much as anyone else does and obviously have strong thoughts on the direction you think Washingtom should take to solve the numerous problems that we face. And as far as raising the money it takes to make a run for the White House, you can count on me to donate a few bucks.

    While on the subject, why not consider adding Wolf to the ticket; after all, you would want a bit of balance to make the ticket attractive to the electorate,

    Kevin
    Caroline County, VA

    November 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  128. Will A, Las Cruces, NM

    I would be out campaigning tomorrow for a Jon Stewart ticket. The man has demonstrated an obvious appreciation for reason and discussion, is well-liked by many independents and can laugh at himself.

    If he has the ability to choose advisors that have an ounce of knowledge, I think it would be a remarkable presidency. Actors can be politicians (Reagan and the Governator), why not a pundit/comedian that is pushing for sanity?

    Stewart/Colbert 2012!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  129. Joseph Hunter

    I would like to see Jeb Bush run for the 2012 elections because he has a good head on his shoulders and wouldn't make hasty decisions like George W. Bush did. He is more like his father, and besides he was governor of Florida for two consecutive terms and did an amazing job, and besides it's better to pick a presidential candidate who knows more about business than a president that knows more about Law than anything else. yes I believe you know what president I'm talking about. ( Obama)

    November 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  130. Christopher Stansfield

    Have people like Jack Cafferty who keep promoting Mayor Bloomberg as a presidential candidate somehow missed the fact that he barely won re-election in New York despite spending hundreds of dollars on each vote? Why is it that every election season people suggest that New York mayors who don't even enjoy the support of their own constituency could somehow be elected president? And what dreamworld does Cafferty live in that he thinks a Jewish billionaire media mogul would get a single vote from the anti-semitic conspiracy theorist who dominate the right wing?

    November 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  131. Mike - Wilmington, NC

    If the GOP fails to nominate Congressman Ron Paul for 2012, I really hope he'd consider running as a third party candidate. I'm a conservative Republican, but the Republican Party can go to hell for all I care if it nominates a neocon like Romney, Huckabee or Palin. I'll vote third party and never look back.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  132. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Preferably someone that is extremly wealthy, willing to spend thier own money and create a few temporary jobs for campaign workers, yard sign painters and folks to call me at dinner time and tell me who to vote for.....nothing else seems to be working to create jobs

    November 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  133. Robert

    I will vote for President Obama again in 2012. "The needs of the many outweight the needs of the few."

    Mr. Spock

    November 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  134. Richard in Georgia

    Did Bloomberg promise you a position when or if he is elected??

    November 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  135. Josh from Austin, Texas

    Jack,

    If you don't finally run for president someday, I would support Wolf Blitzer as a third party candidate.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  136. Francine USA

    Condoleezza Rice(R) Obama(D) Palin (T)...It would be the one time I watch an election from day one to election day. It would spur advertising in the United States as all stations work to keep our attention with the speeches, appearances and debates...I call it now...It would revive our economy! Can you imagine the t-shirt sales! OMG!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  137. Jared

    Bernie Sanders (I-VT) should run on the socialist ticket in 2012. In America today, the middle class faces unique assaults that have been a long time in the making thanks to the Democrats inability to bring about real change and the Republican Parties obvious merger with Big Business. The Right continues to lambast Obama with false accusations of "socialism" but I dont think they actually know what that word means. We live in a day and age when the only contact most people have with their government is that its a public servant that kicks down the door when the banks come for your home. I'd like Bernie Sanders to introduce America to what socialism actually is, because in the end I think a lot of people would decide they like the idea.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  138. Ann from Charleston SC

    I just can't find any interest in the 2012 election. I want to see what the Republicans will do in the next year or so and if/how Obama works with them.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  139. Jim Blevins

    There are two problems with a third major party. 1) There seems to be a natural grouping into two camps in America. 2) it is easy to end up with a totally dysfunctional government when no party has the majority. But then again, maybe you should run as the Green Party candidate.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    November 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  140. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    Many voters would be thrilled to see a strong and well funded third-party candidate emerge. Politics has become so polarized and shrill. Common sense and the needs of the American people take second place to ideologies that politicians profess only when it serves their self-interest. Michael Bloomberg fits the bill of an ideal third-party candidate. He is a proven manager who's used to dealing with budgets with lots of zeros on the end. He could also quickly build a grass-roots organization with a clearly stated platform of sensible reform. I can't wait!

    Rick, Medina, OH

    November 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  141. Kevin L

    When the "Tea Party" started yelling about government; it was kicked to the side. When they started yelling about social issues; the same kick to the side. But when they started yelling about TARP...I was with them. If that money had went to the people; everyone would have been paid in full, no one out of their homes, and resources to wait out the resession.
    It wasn't until this past election that; they got kicked to the side again.(kick to the side by me – too wacky)
    NO to Palin or any other wacky candidates, I'll stick to the same old thing in hopes something they try sticks.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  142. Brittany

    Ron Paul, without a doubt. I remember voting in 2008, just after graduating from college, but I chose to vote for Obama because I felt like my vote for a third party candidate wouldn't matter or make any difference. Big mistake. My vote does matter, even if the candidate I vote for doesn't win. I will never vote for a candidate who doesn't stand up for what I believe in again, and those things are immortalized in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. I respect Ron Paul's absolute commitment to the Bill of Rights, and will vote for him if he runs in 2012.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  143. Nathan Bergstrand

    Jack , America needs a leader that has no puppet strings , Obama has already shown where his alliegence lies , with the money handlers of the country , we need a Ron Paul or a Jesse Ventura ... a candidate that sees the game for what it is , and not what corprate media dreams it could be...

    November 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  144. Steve

    The best third party candidates would be Rev Sharpton as President and Rev Jackson as VP. A double combo unbeatable. All the minorities would vote for them as well as all the Liberals. There are more minorities now than majorities. It's a win win situation.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  145. Charles Patrick

    The way things are going with T- Party / maby Republicans. I believe there will only be their Party, and God save the people that dissagree!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  146. Rod From Napa Valley CA

    DR.Ron Paul ,with Gov Jesse Ventura as Vice, & Ted Nugent could handle the border Issues. Ron knows more about the monetary system and health care than any of these "Goldman Sachs puppets" running the show now.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  147. Amy

    I would love to see Rudy Guiliani run as a third party candidate. He's fiscally conservative, conservative on foreign policy and not obsessed social issues. His platform is everything the Republican party was meant to be and should be... but can't be because it's been hijacked by the far right.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  148. Jaret

    If he doesn't run as a Republican, I'd like to see Dr. Ron Paul run as a third party candidate. He seems to be the only sane person in Washington. I think the rest of them are laughing on the inside when they place their hands on the bible and swear to God and their country that they'll uphold the Constitution.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  149. Arnold MI

    I would have to look at the candidate before I could decide, but it is unlikely that I would vote for a third party candidate. Micheal Bloomberg would be a good choice, but since he is from NYC his economic policies would probably favor wall street at the expense of main street and we have seen enough of that with Timothy Geitner. Rudolph Giuliani would not make my list for the same reason.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  150. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I like Michael Bloomberg because he's been a Democrat, Republican and now Independent which makes me believe he knows a lot about politics. He's his own man and no party owns him.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  151. explainer

    That de[ends on who the Dems and Reps choose, but Michael Bloomberg would fare well against any they choose; however, assuming Obama is the Dems choice (I would put that at 99 44/100%) Bloomberg would be nuts to run in 2012, have a better chance in 2016 against Hillary and the GOP nominee.

    Las Cruces, NM

    November 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  152. Charles Laramie, Fair Haven, VT

    Dear Jack,
    The third party spoke November 2. We are Independents. If Republicans continue the gridlock for two more years they will hear from us in 2012.

    I nominate Ron Paul for Independent Party candidate.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  153. Leo

    Why, Ron Paul of course! That is, assuming he doesn't get the GOP nomination!

    However, other than Dr. Paul, potential candidates could be Jesse Ventura and Gary Johnson.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  154. Tony

    Ron Paul. The closest living example of a Founding Father.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  155. Zack F

    I'd support the only congressman that honors his oath to protect and defend the Constitution. A man that voted against every unbalanced budget, the Iraq war, the Patriot Act, TARP and the latest stimulus. Ron Paul in 2012.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  156. Joe in California

    Bloomberg is an elitist idiot who thinks his vast wealth qualifies him to micromanage the eating habits of ordinary citizens.

    Cafferty assumes that no one as conservative as Sarah Palin can get elected, but it's really her personal negatives. A thoughtful, qualified conservative or libertarian can get elected in 2012–witness the recent mid-terms.

    If NJ governor Chris Christie runs, look out Democrats AND 3rd party hopefuls–you won't have a chance.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  157. Ralph Spyer

    Ron Paul he it the only one to say "they are over here because we are over there"

    November 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  158. frankie

    Someone who believes that all men are created equal, someone who believes that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers. That happens to be Barack Obama so I'm not looking anywhere else.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  159. Darren

    Jack, I listen to you all the time, I live in Toronto Canada. Bloomberg? Bloomberg should be the President of North America, inclusive of the USA and Canada (oh to dream)...but truthfully, he's worth billions and it's about time the White House had a business leader in the Oval Office.....enough talk from the current Administration, they don't have 'working' business knowledge to remedy the economy.....Bloomberg is business smart, he should be sitting in that highback leather chair! Bloomberg in 2012

    Darren.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  160. Ron from Texas

    We don't need a third party in the U.S. . . . we need to change to a parlimentary system with a popular vote for candidates and eliminate the electorial college.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  161. Jake, Rindge NH

    At this time, an independent or third party candidate is certainly needed. Far right Republicans and far left Democrats have disenfranchised moderates for too long. We need a new, bi-partisan voice to speak for true reform.

    Mayor Bloomberg has great potential. With his own resources and bi-partisan ideals, he could greatly become a viable alternative to President Obama and the Tea Party.

    Personally, however, I would love to see Governor Charlie Crist take this roll. Sure, he may have lost, and yes, it is arguable that he became independent to stay in his US Senate race, but nonetheless, he has brought across an important point: the parties have become too extreme and the time has come to put PEOPLE before party.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  162. Bond

    I would like for Colin Powell to run for President, that is, after President Obama gets through with his second term. I believe our President will get things turned around and in control this next two years and really get our Country back to being the greatest in his second term.

    Bond from Oklahoma

    November 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  163. Lawrence

    Donald Trump with Bloomberg as his VP.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  164. Brad

    The only time the two parties ever come together is when a seemingly viable 3rd party threatens them. The only way a 3rd party will ever happen is if it is from the grass roots up, it cannot just be for a presidential election because it will not have any staying power and the two major parties will easily defeat it through misinformation. I would love to see a 3rd party this next election though to defeat the horrific far right.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  165. John from San Antonio

    It doesn't matter whether a third party candidate runs or not. We don't need a conservative, liberal or middle of the roader, we need an American. We need someone who will address the problems and offer solutions. Bloomberg is right. all anyone wants to do is blame someone. Democracy requires participation of all citizens, unfortunately most people think if they vote their job is over. The ugly truth is too many Americans wouldn't acknowledge the cause of our troubles if pointed out to them. Changing faces and parties only puts different people in line to receive the perks and other benefits provided by corporate executives.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  166. Ash

    I would consider Bloomberg. He's a man of good character and principles; unlike many of the ones that have a shot.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  167. Kooky in CA

    I'd support Michael Bloomberg and throw in Colon Powell for VP. By 2012, the current Republicans will have become so stupid-conservative Tea Baggers the Independent will be a shoe-in.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  168. Amy from Baton Rouge, LA

    I would love to see Rudy Guiliani run as a third party candidate. He’s fiscally conservative, conservative on foreign policy and not obsessed social issues. His platform is everything the Republican party was meant to be and should be… but can’t be because it’s been hijacked by the far right.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  169. Guido

    The Third Party will not happen until the Republicans prove that they cannot run the country. After the next election we will have reached the point where the Democratic Party will not be able to get a candidate elected. Read The Atlantic, June 2005, "Countdown to Meltdown" by James Fallows. It is coming true.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  170. Cheryl Buffa

    Oh please Mike Bloomberg for President. Yea that would really help this country. His snarky too good attitude and smart ass remarks. New republicans coming to Washington and do not have a passport or know where China is? He is a big headed career politician from New York, what I can't win, I will buy? Please give us a break, he is an East coast snob and we have enough now to go around. Give us the common man or woman! You Jack are wrong this time!
    Pleasantville, Ohio

    November 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  171. Marcia from Ohio

    I would support Rahm Emanual. He is the only man that would tell the U.S. Congress to shove it, in very colorful words.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  172. Jonathan

    Jack there can't be a third party canidate. The media would won't allow it. They always push the establishment canidates telling us what our choices are. We should atleast have a second choice in voting at the ballot. This winning by plurality and not majority voting system has ruined our Democracy and needs to be reformed

    November 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  173. Jack Piccard

    Why Ron Paul of course!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  174. jim

    In two years the "Tea Party" will show its no different. The people involved in politics are mostly power crazed people who want more than 15 minutes of fame. Fourteen years ago there was a movement about term limits and how many of those newly elected people are still running. It isn't you or me they care about so who needs another gang running under a different heading.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  175. Tom C

    Steven King, with the horror strory that this country has been through the last 8 years, only he could find a fitting ending!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  176. Bill Carney

    Bloomberg has continued the anti-gun policy that has existed in New York City since the passage of the Sullivan Act in 1911.

    The rich and famous can obtain firearm permits and even carry concealed weapons,but the average citizen has an almost impossible task to convince New York City bureaucrats that he has a "need" to own or carry a firearm.

    Why should Donald Trump, Robert DeNiro, and J.Lo's husband Marc Anthony who live in guarded upscale gated communities have a Constitutional right forbidden to Joe Citizen who lives in a crime ridden area of the city.

    Bloomberg obviously feels that the rich, the famous and celebrities are superior to the average citizen. I could never support him in a run for President.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  177. Mfstout

    Palin/Bachmann or Palin/O'Donnell or Palin/Angle. That way Obama is a shoe-in.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  178. Paul

    In this climate of empty policies, failed administrations and the lying, global tyranny running amok, no one seems to want to acknowledge the "elephant" in the room, so to speak, and stand with integrity. We have lost our way. That unless real, radical, truthful change doesn't happen for the American people soon....I guarantee the collapse of our economy, our constitutional liberties, and our way of life.....will be lost forever. Help us Obi Ron Paul Kenobi.....you're our only hope!

    Paul C.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  179. Greg Cowley

    Clearly the best candidates to run (save) this country are Colin Powell and Michael Bloomberg. I understand that Colin Powell is a Republican, but I believe that these days he is truly independent, just like Bloomy. Even though both have already said they are not running...I am keeping my fingers crossed for either one!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  180. Renee Peoria,Ill

    If the GOP nominates Sarah Palin, it won't matter. It'll be an open invitation for a third candidate because she is a sure loser. She's only popular with her own base; hard-line right extremists. Just about anybody would be better. And anyone who thinks the days of third party candidates standing a chance are still far in the future needs to take a look at what's happening in Alaska right now. Sarah P's home state – coincidence? If Obama doesn't clean up his act someone like Bloomberg may be a shoo-in, especially since he moved to center. If this last election proved anything it proved that no matter how loud the extreme ends scream, most of us are tired of them. We don't want extremists; we want solutions.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  181. raphael

    Michael Bloomber, is a nice guy but cannot put a sentence together.
    Sara Palin, my God what is happening to this Country?
    Ralph Nader? the eternal spoiler, full of himself.
    Colin Powell: please enough of ex generals.
    etc... etc...et cetera

    November 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  182. Kyla

    Mark OKC states "....Does anyone think the country would actually be in WORSE shape right now if Palin had been elected president in 2008" mmm....Mark.....Palin was the vice presidential candidate, John McCain was the presidential candidate. My opinion, Palin is an airhead and like many others have commented, it would be entertaining to see her try to compete with knowledgible men and women. Her critique of Ronald Reagan as a mere actor once again shows her ignorance. He was a two term (didn't quit) governor prior to be one of our best presidents. I would like to see Romney as a candidate.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  183. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Take notice of how many people are picking someone other then Obama theres more other then Obama .

    November 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  184. dave

    I am hoping Lou Dobbs throws his hat in the 2012 election. i would definately support him.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  185. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I'd like to see Hillary Clinton run as a 3rd party against Obama, split the Liberal vote and get a Fiscally conservative (Not to be confused with Faux conservative) Republican in the White House.
    If that doesn't work, let's bring back Ross Perot for the fun of it.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  186. Brian (From Chicago)

    Bloomberg is right. We need to start looking at ourselves as Americans and how we judge our leaders. We allow the party NOT in power to get us mad at the party in power, and we fall for it every few election cycles. In addition, American voters say we don't like negative adds, but the voters feed off of it. The negative attacks on Obama are proof of this, because they worked. And we continue to vote people out, not support the candidate we voted in.

    If there is a Third Party Candidate elected, we'll be hating him in four years as usual, and run back to our political bases.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  187. Mike Smith

    Ron Paul is the only honest choice.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  188. Nate - San Diego

    Jack, it would be great if we could get not just one 3rd party candidate, but legitimate candidates from several parties as well. The idea that a country of over 300 million people is only represented by two political ideologies is laughable at best. Until we get those two parties to hand over control of the candidate debates and campaign financing, we aren't going to see it, though.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  189. Shane Allen Farrar

    Ron Paul will be the first candidate I ever vote for, even if that means I have to write him in. Principles are very important to me, not the left and right. If we can't stand by our principles, something that Ron Paul does and most others don't, what do we have? Nothing worth voting for.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  190. C.B.Ross

    Come to think of it... I'd vote for Ron or Rand Paul!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  191. Russ - Philadelphia, PA

    Never fear, Jack, we're already working on it. Ron Paul.
    You did suggest it would be nice to run someone who knows a thing or two about the economy, didn't you? Well, there you have it.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  192. madhuri , New Jersey

    I would Definitely not vote for Sarah Palin or any of the Tea baggers!!! It's jus one man who is capable of handling our country. It no other than our president himself. Obama!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  193. Tired

    Powell would've been perfect. A true moderate, and war hero who would think twice before getting into one.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  194. Donaldo in ATL

    I voted for Ron Paul in '08, that vote looks like the smartest in my life.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  195. BJ Blinston

    The point is moot Jack. Both parties have legislated themselves into the American elections so that any third party has a less than 1% chance of even getting on the ballot. Remember how hard it was to have Ross Perot in the debates? He had to go to court to get there. Sorry, but we are stuck until the legislation is changed to remove the D's and R's from running the show.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  196. Kevin K

    Where is Ross Perot when we need him? He would just go to Washington open the hood and start fixing things. He was the best chance a third party ever had.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  197. Ian from MN

    In order for a 3rd party candidate to have a chance in '12 they'd have to run right of center. If the gop goes with someone like palin I could see bloomberg or ron paul getting a better chunk of the vote than palin, but ultimately three candidates would give Obama a second term.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  198. Shane Allen Farrar

    Ron Paul will be the first candidate I ever vote for, even if that means I have to write him in. Principles are very important to me, not the left and right. If we can't stand by our principles, something that Ron Paul does and most others don't, what do we have? Nothing worth voting for.

    Savannah Georgia

    November 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm |