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‘We’re not spoiling anything’: Third group says it won’t strengthen Trump

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‘We’re not spoiling anything’: Third group says it won’t strengthen Trump

Third parties could be harmed Donald Trump as much as Joe Biden In the 2024 presidential election, the group No Labels has asserted and insisted that its controversial efforts to create a unified ticket cannot be compared to spoiler candidates of the past.

“We’re not spoiling anything,” No Labels’ Jay Nixon, a lifelong Democrat who served Missouri for 30 years as governor, attorney general and state senator, told the Guardian.

The centrist group is preparing for its strongest third presidential bid since Texas businessman Ross Perot won nearly 19% of the vote in 1992. So far, it has gained ballot access in 12 states. But critics of no labels in the Democratic Party have warned that it could divert votes that would otherwise go to Biden.

They point to Green Party examples such as Ralph Nader, who polled less than 3% in 2000 but was widely blamed for stealing critical votes from Al Gore, and Jill Stonewhich reached just 1% in 2016, but may have made the difference in battleground states where Hillary Clinton lost by a similar margin.

Ryan Clancy, chief strategist at No Labels, told the Guardian: “There is no parallel between what these two have done and what we are doing. The reason is that Ralph Nader and Jill Stein were left-wing protest candidates.” The only votes they would ever win would be votes that would otherwise go to Gore or Hillary Clinton.

Clancy pointed to a recent USA Today opinion poll that showed left-wing independent candidate Cornel West eating up Biden’s support but his rival Robert Kennedy Jr. taking votes from Trump. He said: “Whether the independent pulls from one side or the other depends on who the independent is.”

“Some are bad for Biden, some are bad for Trump, some are a bust. The problem we have is that the people attacking us have been saying for a year that if an independent runs, by definition it can only help Trump, and we don’t agree with them.”

Some Democrats argue that while the principle of multiparty democracy is admirable, now is not the time for it because Trump poses a fundamental threat to democracy itself. The Republican front-runner is facing criminal charges for his role in the January 6 insurrection and recently teased that he would not be a dictator until “day one.”

No Labels, founded in 2009 by Nancy Jacobson, a prominent Washington political fundraiser, claims the opposite, pointing to recent polls that show Biden trailing Trump nationally and in swing states.

Nixon, his director of election integrity, said: “It makes no sense to me for someone who is behind in a race to say that you are going to cost them a race in which you are already behind.” I live in a world of numbers, and when you’re behind and say it’s someone else’s fault?

“The president is running against someone who has been indicted four times in four different courts, and the president’s numbers have worsened. This is why mirrors are useful. You have to look at where you are and what you are going to do. We don’t spoil anything.

“We are giving the vast majority of Americans an opportunity that they really want. If you are ever out with our signature collectors, Americans want to have that choice, and we are working hard at this stage to professionally do what we can to give them that choice.”

When asked why he isn’t running for Biden’s re-election, Nixon replied: “It’s not about me saying bad things about Joe Biden. I like the president and respect him immensely, much more than Donald Trump.

“I don’t want to go into detail about each of them being the same in that sense, because for me Trump is so far gone that he’s gone from my mind. Biden, on the other hand, is coming to the end of his term and I appreciate the service he has provided.”

Polls have shown that most Americans are not keen on a rematch between Biden and Trump. The current president’s approval rating is in the 30s, while his predecessor’s is in the low 40s. Although no third-party candidate has ever come close to winning a presidential election, No Labels claims that its poll shows that a unity ticket could realistically prevail in 25 states – enough to win the Electoral College.

Clancy said: “The reason there is an opening is because someone like Trump is on the ballot. If the Republicans and Democrats fielded generally attractive candidates, there would be no vacancies.

“One thing No Labels has said from the beginning is that if there is no opening, we are not necessarily interested in doing that and offering our voting line to a ticket. It is only because the public is so deeply dissatisfied with the decisions they are receiving that there is a chance for something.”

He added: “There are a lot of people in the Democratic Party who spend a disproportionate amount of time attacking No Labels for what we do.” It would be much better to spend the time thinking about how we do one find a better candidate or, failing that, how we can appeal to voters more convincingly. Because they are not doing well on both counts at the moment.”

No Labels says it will no longer accept corporate donations and will not publish the names of its funders because of their right to privacy. The details of selecting a candidate are still being worked on and feedback is being sought from people who will be present as delegates at a virtual convention.

Former elected officials from both parties now affiliated with No Labels include Senator Joe Manchin, who has announced he will not run for re-election, former governors Jon Huntsman, Larry Hogan and Pat McCrory, and former Senator Joe Lieberman , a Democrat who became a Democrat Late in his political career, he became an independent.

But two Democratic groups, the centrist Third Way and the more progressive MoveOn, have launched an aggressive campaign to keep No Labels off the ballot and minimize their impact. Nixon claims to be unimpressed. “As the old helicopter pilots used to say in war, if you get flak, it means you’re over the target.

Clancy pointed out that there were two lines of attack on No Labels. “One is: You know what, even if you think you’re doing the right thing, the unintended consequence of what you’re doing is that you’re going to help Trump. I don’t agree with that, but OK, we can have a debate about that.

“There’s another line of argument which is: Look, you want to help Trump, that’s the secret goal, which is so stupid because, first of all, I grew up in Democratic politics – I used to work for Joe Biden – and I don’t want to see Donald Trump in the White House ever again.

“For me there is no equivalence between the two. Governor Nixon said the same thing. All of our co-chairs have said that. Why would these people, with decades-long careers in civil rights and public service, risk their entire reputations to become part of a secret scheme that can help Trump? It doesn’t pass the stupidity test, but that doesn’t stop our opponents from saying it.”

However, Third Way continues to vehemently oppose No Labels’ efforts to create a Unity ticket. Matt Bennett, co-founder and executive vice president of public affairs, argues that there are people in key states who would vote for Biden in a two-way race with Trump but might not do so if presented with a third option.

“They risk endangering American democracy in a way we have not seen since the American Civil War,” Bennett said. “There has never been a threat like a second Trump term to the foundations of the American republic.

“If that were the case [Barack] Obama, on the other hand [Mitt] Romney, we may not support a third party, but we wouldn’t be upset about it. The reason we’re so panicked is because this is basically the only way for Trump to return to the White House, and if he does, it will be a global historic catastrophe. And they threaten to do so.

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