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Disgruntled Republicans, Democrats To Form New Party To Lure Moderates

A group of former Republican and Democratic officials are forming a new political party called Forward, in an attempt to appeal to what they call the "moderate, common-sense majority," Brian Rokus and Rachel Janfaza reported for CNN.

Photo Insert: David Jolly (center) is a former Republican congressman from Florida.

"Political extremism is ripping our nation apart, and the two major parties have failed to remedy the crisis," David Jolly, Christine Todd Whitman, and Andrew Yang wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published Wednesday.

"Today's outdated parties have failed by catering to the fringes. As a result, most Americans feel they aren't represented."

Jolly is a former Republican congressman from Florida, Whitman a former Republican governor of New Jersey, and Yang is a former Democratic presidential and New York mayoral candidate.

The three will merge their political organizations into the new party, whose launch was first reported by Reuters.

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The group cites issues including guns, climate change, and abortion as those that could benefit from a moderate approach. The new party will also advocate ranked-choice voting and open primaries, the end of gerrymandering, and nationwide protection for voting rights.

"Sixty-two percent of Americans now want a third party, a record high, because they can see that our leaders aren't getting it done," Yang told CNN's Brianna Keilar on "New Day" on Thursday in a joint appearance with Whitman.

Government & politics: Politicians, government officials and delegates standing in front of their country flags in a political event in the financial district.

"And when you ask about the policy goals, the fact is the majority of Americans actually agree on really even divisive issues. The most divisive issues of the day like abortion or firearms -- there's actually a commonsense coalition position on these issues and just about every other issue under the sun."

Forward is planning a national convention next summer and will soon seek ballot access to run candidates in 2024, according to the Washington Post op-ed.

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