U.S. Group Seeks Third-Party Option In 2024 Presidential Race
The bipartisan group No Labels, a nonprofit organization that promotes centrist politics and policies, has launched a campaign to get a third-party candidate on the ballot in all 50 states in next year’s presidential election.
Photo Insert: No Labels said it would even withdraw its ticket if it feels it’s in danger of putting former President Donald Trump back in office.
The group already has secured a place on the ballot in Arizona, Colorado, Alaska and Oregon, Michael Collins reported for USA TODAY.
The movement, which has yet to settle on a candidate, is funded by $70 million from donors whose names the group refuses to disclose.
The possibility of an independent candidate is causing consternation among Democrats and even some Republicans, who fear a third-party ticket would siphon off votes from Biden and send Trump back to the White House for another four years.
“There is, in our view, no greater threat to America than the potential reelection of Trump,” said Matt Bennett, founder of Third Way, a Washington-based think tank that advocates for center-left policies.
A third-party challenger can’t win the presidency – it hasn’t happened in the country’s 247-year history, and it won’t happen in 2024, Bennett said.
No Labels counters that it has been unjustly maligned and that its motivations unreasonably questioned. It says it has no interest in serving as a spoiler for Trump, believes such concerns are unfounded and would even withdraw its ticket if it feels it’s in danger of putting the former president back in office, the group says.
“Donald Trump should never again be president of the US,” two of the group’s advisers, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent, and Benjamin Chavis, former executive director of the NAACP, wrote in a recent op-ed.