- Dec 12, 2000
No Labels is getting on state ballots, drawing a lawsuit and concerns about a spoiler
The centrist political group No Labels is getting on the ballot in individual states, causing consternation among members of the major political parties about the organization's endgame.
The group says it's not interested in running a presidential campaign. Nonetheless, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is committed to raising roughly $70 million to gather signatures and qualify for the ballot in 2024.
"We're going for as many states as we can across the country," Ryan Clancy, lead strategist for No Labels, said in an interview.
So far, No Labels has gained access to the ballot in Arizona, Colorado, Alaska and Oregon.
"The only way this works is if in the view of the public, the major party nominees are unappealing enough, and a potential unity ticket is appealing enough, that there seems like a viable path to Electoral College victory," Clancy said.
"If you want to use a NASA analogy, we're building the launching pad, for a potential unity ticket run," Clancy said. "If a ticket were to actually run, they would have to build the rocket ship to get to the White House."
If a hypothetical unity ticket would ever materialize (looooong shot) who do you think would be viable?
I think Romney has real conservative chops and a decent track record to run on and could secure votes from business lobbies and chambers of commerce. I doubt he has the stones to run against the Republican Party though. Do you think Clinton could ever join as a unity VP choice, or would it have to be someone with more star power like a John Stewart or Mark Cuban??