Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012

24 December 2012

By Ken Rudin
National Public Radio (NPR) 

"J. Quinn Brisben, 77, the Socialist Party USA's presidential nominee in 1992 who was also the party's candidate for vice president in 1976. (April 17)...."

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Post-Election Interview with SP State House Candidate John Strinka

12 December 2012
The Socialist

John Strinka - Candidate for State Representative (Indiana)

What motivated you to run for office?

I felt I had to. The sponsor and prime mover of Indiana’s Right to Work law was going to be unopposed, which is very common in Indiana. After spending months at the Statehouse opposing this bill very specifically, and the rest of the Republican legislative agenda (think Wisconsin in slow motion), and receiving very little respect from our elected representatives, I decided it was necessary to give the people of my district a way to disapprove of this odious law in a public election. Basically, I did this because I believed it was necessary and there really was no one else willing to do it. So I did.

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Post-Election Interview with SP U.S. Senate Candidate Greg Pason

12 December 2012
The Socialist

Greg Pason - Candidate for U.S. Senate (New Jersey)

What motivated you to run for office?

Senator Robert Menendez was the incumbent and a traditional liberal who is a hawk on international issues. He is especially aggressive on intervention in Iran, is hostile toward Cuba and Venezuela and has given blind support to Israel. I felt this was an opportunity for the Party to focus on these issues while promoting democratic socialist ideas.

I was the Party’s candidate for US Senate in the past and have a long history in anti-war and social movement work, so I hoped to use this opportunity to promote the Party and our ideas.

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Post-Election Interview with Elected SP School Board Candidate Pat Noble

12 December 2012 
The Socialist

Pat Noble - Candidate for Board of Education (Red Bank, New Jersey)

“ ... Let’s use this election as a building block towards a stronger movement for a better education system. Consider joining the Socialist Party USA, a multi-tendency, democratic socialist organization that is committed to building a free, liberated society. Additionally, consider joining Revolutionary Unity, a new and energetic organization that seeks to unite anti-capitalists of various stripes under one banner.” -- Pat Noble, 11/16/12

What motivated you to run for office?

I wanted to use the platform of a candidate as an opportunity to spread socialist ideals to receptive individuals. The vast majority of electoral campaigns in the United States involve capitalist candidates that ignore, or are at least oblivious to, working-class issues. Running against these politicians gives a window of time to directly attack their politics, while at the same time providing and promoting a left-wing alternative. Understanding this is what motivated me to run.

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Post-Election Interview with SP Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander

12 December 2012
The Socialist

Stewart Alexander - Candidate for President

What motivated you to run for office?

First, I became a candidate for president of the U.S. because I believe in socialism and I have been a victim of capitalism for my entire life. What we as socialists are striving to achieve, the capitalists only seek to shun; a democratic socialist society based upon respect and goodwill toward other members within our society. As a presidential candidate, I shared my beliefs, which are the belief of other socialists that working people should control their own lives, their neighborhoods; their leaders should represent the people who elect them into office rather than the corporations that buy their office; and working people should manage and protect the resources of the earth, be responsible for the production and distribution of those resources to benefit the needs of our national and international community. This belief, as a socialist, distinguishes me from the candidates that represent the interests of the super rich and the candidates who believe that capitalism can be reformed.

Second, I entered the presidential contest because I considered myself well qualified to represent working people during these critical times. I understand what is on the line, it is our future well being as a nation, our freedoms, and we are running out of time to correct the course. I was not under any grand illusion that I would be elected president; however, as a presidential candidate, I had the opportunity to share a message with millions of working people that there is a better way that will provide opportunities for all members of society. My message was not about reforming capitalism, but a total transformation of society from capitalism to socialism and the development of new social structures.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Majority of Democrats Have 'Favorable' View of Socialism

4 December 2012

By Paul Stanley
The Christian Post

"And even though a majority of Democrats may see socialism in a favorable light, the national secretary of the Socialist Party USA takes issues with both parties.

'The last four years have not been good for anyone,' said Greg Pason. 'We believe more people are supporting our party and our cause because the economy is falling apart.' 'Obamacare is nothing more than a mandate to buy insurance and doesn't fall in line with socialist doctrine. Guaranteed healthcare for all would benefit the country. You would need to institute a progressive federal income tax system but as democratic socialist, we believe the folks with the most money.'

According to the group's website, if a system of democratic socialism was enacted, the people would own and control the means of production and distribution through democratically controlled public agencies, cooperatives, or other collective groups...."

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From the Left: Obamacare and other evil socialist ideas

4 December 2012

By Dan Fournier
The New Hampshire (Durham, NH)

"ObamaCare is not socialism, and the overwhelming majority of the law is a conservative cop-out. It was originally conceptualized by the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank, in 1993. The bill’s “mandate” that every citizen purchase insurance only serves to provide insurance corporations with additional customers, revenue, and profit. It stabilizes the private sector by dramatically expanding the number of people that take part in it. Even Stewart Alexander, the Socialist Party USA’s 2012 presidential candidate, calls it a 'corporate restructuring of the health care system in America'...."

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

And the winner isn't - President President

22 November 2012

By Phil Wieland
The Times (northwest IN)

"Porter County also cast votes for Big Bird, who was loved by Mitt Romney, and Bob the Builder, apparently based on his strong jobs and rebuilding program. These four fictional characters had name recognition, which wasn't the case for Virgil Good, Jill Stein or Stewart Alexander, who also got votes. The latter three filed under the Constitution, Green and Socialist parties, respectively, and they were among the 417 people who filed to run for president or vice president in this election, according to the Federal Election Commission...."

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Independents and 3rd parties tout Election Day victories

14 November 2012

By Mark Wachtler

"The 2012 election wasn’t without its bright spots however. The Green Party reports that at least 20 of its local candidates were elected or re-elected to office. The Libertarians tout Presidential nominee Gary Johnson’s 1.1 million votes – a record for any Libertarian Party Presidential candidate. And even the Socialist Party USA announced a local win by one of its candidates. While disappointing on the national level, with no opposition Presidential candidate cracking 1%, things were brighter on the local level...."

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Richardson Elementary students in Cuyahoga Falls cast their ballots for president

11 November 2012

By Phil Keren
Cuyahoga Falls News Press (OH)

"President Barack Obama was the winner in the mock election with 239 votes. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had 125 votes, while Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party and Stewart Alexander of the Socialist Party each received two votes...."

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Presidential Election Concession Letter

08 November 2012 

A Statement by Stewart Alexander, 2012 Socialist Party Candidate for President of the United States

President Obama:

Though the battle was not fair – I had no Super PAC, a billion dollars in campaign funds, daily access to the mainstream media, nor even ballot lines waiting for me – I concede defeat in this election and recognize your victory.

Over the last four years, you have managed to shield the Americans conscience, not only continuing the overall policies of George W Bush, but expanding upon them as well. I cringe in despair to think of how many Occupiers were falsely arrested or sprayed with mace because of your coordination with municipalities from the White House and then voted for you just the same. I fear what you will continue to do in order to intimidate various leftist groups with your interpretations of law which infringe upon the internationally accepted rights to free speech and thought. I shudder at your ability to convince anti-war activists to embrace war, civil libertarians to embrace tyranny, and labor activists to embrace corporate welfare and attacks on union workers....

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

GCHS students take on role of candidates

7 November 2012

Grant County News (KY)

“'Do you want a Socialist world or a Mitt Romney world?' asked Mitt Romney last week at Grant County High School.
OK, maybe it’s wasn’t the real Mitt Romney, but rather Stephen Fightmaster, a senior at GCHS, who was portraying Romney in a mock presidential debate.
Fightmaster, along with five other students represented Romney, Pres. Barack Obama (Eric Mann), Dr. Jill Stein (Brittnie Seibert), Roseanne Barr (Sarah Kellam), Gov. Gary Johnson (Jacob Parker) and Stewart Alexander (Ben Shipp) and presented their political stance on a variety of issues.....

Alexander (Shipp) proposed 'turning back and giving to the 99 percent.' His platform boasted free education, social programs and health care....'"

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We Did It

7 November 2012

A Statement by Pat Noble, Newly Elected Socialist Party Candidate for Red Bank Regional H.S. Board of Education (Monmouth County, NJ)

Today, 1,033 people in Red Bank said yes to socialism, and elected a socialist to the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education with 54% of the vote.

While officially non-partisan, the message of this campaign was clear. We promoted ideas that are socialist in nature, specifically the empowerment of teachers and students alike. Words were not minced, and we promoted my candidacy for what it is. I am a 19 year old socialist, uncompromisingly anti-capitalist, and I would like to work against budget cuts and help make students free to learn....

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New Jersey Socialist Party Secretary Elected to Regional High School Board of Education

7 November 2012

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"On November 6, Pat Noble, who is 19 years old, was elected to the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education. The high school is in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Noble defeated an incumbent, Nilsa Samol, by a margin of 53.6% to 46.4%. The high school is over a century old and is considered one of the state’s best high schools; see the wikipedia page about the school here. Noble has been the Secretary of the New Jersey Socialist Party for several years."

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Romney Narrowly Holding Bellwether Ohio County, N.H. Towns

05 November 2012

By Jim Geraghty
National Review

"Credit Suffolk for doing some of the most interesting polling of this cycle. Rather than toss another statewide poll onto the pile, they took a detailed look at one bellwether county in Ohio and two bellwether towns in New Hampshire. The verdict? Good news for Romney, but not much room for comfort:

In Lake County, Romney led Obama 47 percent to 43 percent with Independent Richard Duncan receiving 4 percent and Stewart Alexander (Socialist Party) receiving 1 percent...."

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Socialist Party Candidate Calls His Platform Not So Radical

05 November 2012

By Daniel A. Medina
New York Times

"Greg Pason, 45, the national secretary and only full-time employee of the Socialist Party USA and the party’s candidate for United States Senate in New Jersey, sat in the unassuming office in a run-down building in SoHo that serves as party headquarters one recent afternoon, discussing his chances....

Mr. Pason, whose stocky build and buzz haircut make him look more like Joe the Plumber than a Washington insider, is a former house cleaner who joined the Socialist Party more than two decades ago, after, he said, he found himself working two jobs but still homeless...."

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

In Ohio, third-party candidates could tilt election

05 November 2012

By Jane Pendergast
USA Today; Cincinnati Enquirer

"Stewart Alexander, Socialist Party: He aligns himself with the Occupy movement, advocates for expansion of the safety net set out in the New Deal in the 1930s, $100 million investment in electric vehicles and free, quality education from kindergarten through the doctoral level...."

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

In Ohio, voters have 7 choices for president

03 November 2012

By Ryan Dunn
The Courier (Cleveland)

"Alexander, 61, of Murrieta, Calif., said he offers alternatives to social problems. His platform includes affordable housing, a nationalized bank, legalizing and taxing marijuana, and bringing troops home. He also proposes free education through college because it's been proven to play an important role in advancement...."

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Friday, November 2, 2012

'Voters' have already spoken at Arlington School

02 November 2012

By Rose Schneider
The Courier (Findlay, OH)

"The presidential election is next week, but the 'voters' have already spoken at Arlington School, where the next president of the United States is ... Mitt Romney.

The school's auditorium was covered in campaign signs and packed with cheering students, teachers and parents this week as students portraying President Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney, and Socialist Party candidate Stewart Alexander each took the stage and tried to persuade 'voters' they should be president...."

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Advice for the Votelorn

02 November 2012

By Greg Kobayashi-McBryde

"How broken is the state of American politics when the “socialist” Barack Obama is the “progressive” choice and almost no one has heard of the actual Socialist candidate? (It’s Jerry White-no, wait, it’s Stewart Alexander-well, it’s one of those two, depending on what type of Socialist you are and how much googling you want to do.) I bet most people don’t know that a Socialist candidate even exists (and let’s not forget about the Green, Libertarian, Natural Law, etc., candidates). How broken is the race for president when most people think that their only choice is someone they think is awful but with whom they agree on a few points, rather than someone they think is great but with whom they disagree on a few points? It’s super broken...."

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Name those candidates: The other 10 candidates for President — who they are and what party they represent

02 November 2012

By Randal Seyler
Holmes County Times Advertiser (FL)

"At an event in Orange County where Ross Perot spoke to 5,000 people, it was clear that the people wanted more than the American two-party system.  Alexander joined the Peace and Freedom party, realizing that socialism could offer the social solutions for America’s working class people. He declared his candidacy for president on July 16, 2010, with the Socialist Party. He received the presidential nomination from the Socialist Party USA on Oct. 15, 2011 at the Party's national convention in Los Angeles...."

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Third-party candidates

02 November 2012

By Jordan Smith
The Guilfordian (Greensboro, NC)

"Stewart Alexander is the candidate for the Socialist Party...with a platform emphasizing a socialist platform and benefits for the working class.

'My platform is committed to the transformation of capitalism through the creation of a democratic socialist society,' he told The Modern Left. 'To create a better future for working people, my platform will offer a guide that will establish a new social and economic order in which democracy will allow the 99 percent to shape our own future....'"

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Road Rage: America's forgotten political parties

2 November, 2012

By Jonathan Roisman
Spartan Daily (San Jose)

Jonathan Roisman
Jonathan Roisman
"If some of the things said about President Barack Obama were true, mainly that he’s a socialist, he sure did fool millions of Americans.He must have carefully orchestrated one of the world’s greatest rouses by joining the Democratic Party, a party that prides itself on capitalism with limited governmental regulation, and got himself elected president to spread his socialist agenda. Pretty clever, eh?

If any of that is true, he probably should have joined Socialist Party USA, a party that was against Obama’s 2010 health care law, believes in the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and would like a democratic socialist revolution, preferably peaceful...."

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Pretty clever, eh?
Pretty clever, eh?
Pretty clever, eh?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Political debate at Carlisle Christian Academy

01 November 2012

By Tammie Gitt
The Sentinel (Harrisburg, PA)

"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, played by Zach Williamson, 17, Socialist candidate Stewart Alexander, played by Shane Elliott, 16, and Democratic candidate Barack Obama, played by Emily Clark, 17, hold a presidential debate on Thursday morning at the Carlisle Christian Academy. The students participated in a mock debate, using the platforms of the candidates they represent to guide their responses...."

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Election Guide: U.S. President

01 November 2012

By Rebecca Townsend
Nuvo (Indianapolis)

"Socialist Party candidates, Stewart Alexander, a Californian running for U.S. president, along with John Strinka who is running as for state rep in District 39, dropped into the NUVO newsroom to share their platform...."

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Libertarian Johnson wins Independent Voters Poll

31 October 2012

Whiteout Press

"The results of this Whiteout Press independent voters survey reveal a number of surprises. One is that the sitting President, Barack Obama, finished fourth with just 7% of the vote. Another is a matching pair of upsets – one on the left and one on the right. The Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson and the Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode, both participants in the nationally televised Free and Equal Presidential debates last week, were each beaten by lesser-known, lesser-funded, and slightly more radical and reactionary opponents.

On the right, conservative former US Congressman Goode only received 2% of the vote, while ultra-conservative Merlin Miller of the American Third Position Party received 3%. On the left, the progressive Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson received 2%, while the ultra-progressive Socialist Party nominee Stewart Alexander received 4% of the vote...."

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two-party system fails to produce

30 October 2012

By Dominic Fante
Loyala Phoenix (Chicago)

"But some think that third-party candidates don’t have feasible plans to safeguard the nation’s future, either. On the contrary, many third-party candidates such as Jill Stein (Green Party), Rocky Anderson (Justice Party), Stewart Alexander (Socialist Party USA), Virgil Goode (Constitutional Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) all have differing but comprehensive plans on how to deal with foreign conflicts, climate change and student debt (among other issues), which they outlined during the U.S. Third Party Presidential Debate. But of course, they had only a fraction of the “big two” viewers...."

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The American voter is a gullible idealist

30 October 2012

By Colman McCarthy
National Catholic Reporter

"The public is necessarily uninformed about the issues. The ideas of Libertarian, Green, Socialist, Communist and Constitution Party candidates remain largely unknown, either because of exclusionary rules set by the Federal Election Commission to keep them out of the debates or media insistence that it’s a two-person race between a Democrat and Republican. Citizens who do trouble themselves to analyze the policy differences between the Socialist Stewart Alexander, the Libertarian Gary Johnson, the Green’s Jill Stein and the Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode find themselves cornered: be a principled third-party voter for a candidate who is a sure loser or be unprincipled and choose the lesser evil, Obama and Romney.

To fantasize for a moment, would the country be bankrupt by paying for two unwinnable and unaffordable wars if it had had Libertarian, Socialist or Green presidents these past decades? Would the power of money-driven lobbyists be as strong? Would social programs be underfunded? Would larcenous banks have had their way? Would unemployment, student debt and foreclosure rates be as high as they are?...."

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Obama, Romney not the only presidential candidates

30 October 2012

By Jacqueline Bostick
The News Herald (FL)

"Socialist Party USA’s (SOC) Stewart Alexander, a car salesman, and Alexander Mendoza, currently a University of Texas graduate student, were elected to represent SOC at a 2011 National SOC convention in Los Angeles. Both candidates are aligned with the Occupy Movement..."

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Meet the Alternative Presidential Candidates

29 October 2012

By Henry Hillard
The Heights (Boston)

"After serving as the Socialist Party’s nominee for vice president in 2008, Stewart Alexander is serving his party at the top of the ticket in 2012. Alexander has been seeking political office in California for the last two decades, first unsuccessfully running for mayor of Los Angeles in 1989....

Alexander previously served in the Air Force Reserve and has been a longtime community activist in the greater Los Angeles area. His campaign has focused on the '99 percent' of Americans who have suffered at the hands of corporate greed from the top 1 percent of Americans...."

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Los otros candidatos presidenciales en EEUU

 27 October 2012

Univision Noticias

"Stewart Alexander (de California) y Alejandro Mendoza (de Texas), corren por el Partido Socialista, que se opone al capitalismo y al comunismo autoritario a la vez..."

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A primer on the other 14 presidential candidates

 27 October 2012

By Steve Lipsher
Denver Post

"No fewer than four tickets carry the banner of socialism — real socialists, not the Obama-must-be-one kind. So for all of you Trotskyites who support living in government-built cinderblock communes, valuing everyone's labor uniformly and sharing wealth equally, pick between Stewart Alexander of the Socialist Party, Jerry White of the Socialist Equality Party, Gloria La Riva of the Socialism and Liberation Party and James Harris of the Socialist Workers Party...."

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Polk's Presidential Ballot Lists 12 Contenders

27 October 2012

By Gary White
The Ledger (Lakeland, FL)

"The 2012 presidential election presents a clear choice between two candidates with starkly different political philosophies.

No, not President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. We're talking about Objectivist Party candidate Tom Stevens and Socialist USA candidate Stewart Alexander...."

Friday, October 26, 2012

Third party candidates supported by South students

 26 October 2012

By Ryan Wiskerchen
South High Southerner (Minneapolis)

"On the other side of the political spectrum is Henry Newhouse, also a senior, who supports the Socialist Party USA’s candidate for president, Stewart Alexander. His breakaway from his Democratic parents came during the eighth grade, when he began to base his decisions on what he read and thought. Newhouse believes that the two major parties are moving towards the right especially towards a “more controlled market economy...."

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SP Candidate Greg Pason Participates in NJ U.S. Senate Candidates' Debate

26 October 2012

Socialist Party U.S. Senate candidate Greg Pason (NJ) participated in a U.S. Senate candidates' debate at Mercer County Community College on Wednesday October 24th. A video of the debate is below.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Our political definitions have gotten careless

25 October 2012

Staff Editorial
The Baylor Lariat (Waco, TX)

"The Socialist Party USA is running Stewart A. Alexander for their presidential candidate. The Socialist Party USA’s website outlines beliefs like full employment for anyone who wants to work, public control of the means of production and social services made available for all.

The Socialist Party USA has come out repeatedly against several actions taken by President Obama, namely the bailout of the automotive industry. Under the socialist view, the failing companies and banks would have come under government control...."

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Vote Socialist!

25 October 2012

By Adam Ritscher
Socialist Action

"With the U.S. presidential elections coming up again, a lot of workers and activists are eagerly discussing the campaigns, watching the debates, and even hitting the pavement to campaign for their candidates. We in Socialist Action commend people who take politics seriously and who are committed to fighting for what they believe in. However, we urge people to abstain from casting a ballot for the Democrats or Republicans, and to instead cast a protest vote for socialism....

We are calling for people to vote for whatever socialist candidate is on the ballot, or running as a write-in candidate, in their state. In particular, we endorse the following candidates for president:
• Peta Lindsay of the Party for Socialism and Liberation
• James Harris of the Socialist Workers Party
• Stephan Durham of the Freedom Socialist Party
• Stewart Alexander of the Socialist Party
While we have differences with each of these organizations on a number of political questions, we are giving them our critical support because we feel their campaigns represent a step towards working-class political independence. Campaigns such as these can serve as a placeholder for what our class ultimately needs—a mass labor party based on the unions...."

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Two Blacks throw in hats for the U.S. presidency

25 October 2012

By José Pérez
Miami Times

"Four years ago, the election of Barack Obama as the first Black president of the U.S., was hailed as a groundbreaking moment in history. But many people may have been unaware that Obama was not the only Black running for the highest office in the land in 2008. Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney ran against Obama and the Republican nominee John McCain as the Green Party candidate that year.

This year, there are three Black candidates for President of the U.S. that voters in Miami-Dade County will see on their ballots in a few weeks. President Obama, of course, is one but who are the others and what are their campaigns all about? Peta Lindsay is the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s nominee; Stewart Alexander is the Socialist Party USA’s candidate. Each has their own unique story...."

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Electoral Democracy: The Well Kept Secret

24 October, 2012
By Dan La Botz 
Cincinnati Beacon

"Stewart Alexander, 61, the candidate of the Socialist Party USA, served in the U.S. Air Force, became a grocery clerk and later a worker in the aircraft industry. He attended California State University and became an activist in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a talk show host. His running mate is Alex Mendoza...."

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Incumbent Touts Record While GOP Foe Links Him to Unpopular Governor

24 October 2012

By Joe Tyrrell
NJ Spotlight

"Gregory Pason of Montclair has a long history of activism. As the candidate of the Socialist Party USA, he has been involved for years in events ranging from street fairs and parades to anti-war vigils and forums. His history of work on behalf of women’s issues, such as equal pay and reproductive rights, earned Pason the backing of the state chapter of the National Organization for Women...."

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Seniors Give Voters a Choice in California Election

Maggie Phair, 83-years-old played an integral role in organizing the write-in campaign effort, and Ann Alexander, 88-years-old followed the campaign volunteers to assure that all the write-in petitions were completed and notarized. On Tuesday, the California Secretary of State contacted the Alexander/Mendoza campaign with the good news: “The petitions are certified and the campaign is qualified for write-in.” 

24 October 2012
Contact: media [at] stewartalexanderforpresident2012.org

Who would have imagined that two great grandmothers in their 80s would make it possible for Californians to vote for a socialist ticket in the upcoming November General Election? Well, 88-year-old Ann Alexander and 83-year-old Maggie Phair made that all possible. Ann Alexander is the mother of Stewart Alexander, the Presidential nominee for the Socialist Party USA, and Maggie Phair is a lifelong socialist and political activist.

With only days before the California deadline to qualify as a California Write-In candidate for president, Presidential candidate Stewart Alexander collected the necessary Presidential Elector petition signatures to qualify as a Write-In presidential candidate. The signatures had to be collected from registered California voters and be individually notarized....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ohio voters have 11 other choices for president

23 October 2012

Tim Botos 
The Repository (Canton, OH)

Four candidates were nominated by minor political parties:
• Socialist, Stewart Alexander, of Los Angeles, is a 61-year-old father of four. He previously lost bids for mayor and lieutenant governor. He has touted socialism as the answer for America’s working class...."

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Vote with your Heart: Cast a Ballot for Socialism

 22 October 2012

By Burkely Hermann
Global Research

"I have debated again and again in my mind who I should vote for. Obama and Romney, the corporate choices handed to me are not of my favor due to the fact that pleasing their overlords is not something I want to do. Instead, I listened to Democracy Now’s wonderful "Expand the Debate" where they asked Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson the same general ideas described in the debate (Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate was invited but declined). Still, listening to Stein and Anderson, I found something troubling: there was much in their ideas.

While the ideas were valid, and they were fierce in their criticism, it didn’t seem like enough. Just like when I watched the first Presidential debate and saw similarities between Romney and Obama (even though they were false in a sense as Romney was being a con man that night), I worried that I wouldn’t be voting for that much of a difference. I know that the Green Party is more environmentally-focused and the Justice Party is more justice-focused, but to me, both of them seemed like social democrats. After reading my favorite book, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, I knew something more was possible than just a new form of capitalism since Zinn had written a whole chapter about the socialist movement in the early 20th century, including numerous men and women who were socialists including Hellen Keller, Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Big Bill Haywood of the IWW, Mother Jones and Eugene Debs. With this rich history, I thought it would be wrong to not vote for what was right, what I felt inside of me.

I was intrigued by the campaign of Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza of the Socialist Party USA, who hadn’t been covered on the Real News Network or even Democracy Now!, two alternative media outlets I respect and love deeply for their dedication to objective journalism. The man was a middle-aged African American who was a bit a mix between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Eugene Debs in my mind.  The campaign video they put out was what really turned me...."

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Barack Obama, Mitt Romney aren’t the only ones seeking presidency

22 October 2012

By Brad Dicken
Medina County Gazette (OH)

"Four years ago, Stewart Alexander, 61, was the Socialist Party USA’s vice presidential candidate. This year Alexander, who’s still working at his day job selling cars at a Hyundai dealership in California, is at the top of the ticket. He said he believes the American people are closer to accepting socialism as an alternative to what he sees as the failed policies of capitalism.

'People were still seeing hope in capitalism in 2008,' Alexander said. 'People now realize that everything they believed in and hoped for hasn’t happened. They’re disappointed....'"

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ballot’s packed with third parties and write-ins for president

21 October 2012

By Brad Dicken
The Chronicle-Telegram (OH)

"Four years ago, Stewart Alexander, 61, was the Socialist Party USA’s vice presidential candidate. This year Alexander, who’s still working at his day job selling cars at a Hyundai dealership in California, is at the top of the ticket. He said he believes the American people are closer to accepting socialism as an alternative to what he sees as the failed policies of capitalism...."

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Amerikalılarda bölünme korkusu

18 October 2012

By Mahmut Boynudelik
Yesil Gazete (Turkey)

"Bilindiği gibi Amerikan seçimlerinde Demokratlar ve Cumhuriyetçiler dışında başka partiler, adaylar da var. Sosyalist Parti Stewart Alexander ile, Anayasa Partisi Virgil Goode ile, Liberter Parti Gary Johnson ile, Adalet Partisi Rocky Anderson ile Başkanlık seçimlerine katılıyor. Yeşiller ve Liberterler teorik olarak seçilmelerini mümkün kılacak sayıda eyalette pusulaya girebilmiş. Ama Amerikan seçimlerinin duayen adayı Ralph Nader Yeşil aday Jill Stein’a açık destek vermekle kalmıyor, diğer adaylar arasında Jill Stein’ın şansını yüksek görüyor..."

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Point Austin: What's Not on the Ballot

 12 October 2012

By Michael King
The Austin Chronicle (TX)

"Consider presidential write-ins. In addition to the third-party choices expressly available this year – the Liber­tar­ians, represented by former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (cut taxes, free the market), and the Greens, represented by Jill Stein (clean environment, clean government) – there are no fewer than seven write-in president/vice president slates that have been "certified" by the Secretary of State. (No, you can't just punch in "Mickey Mouse.")

On the left, there's Justice Party candidate and former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Ander­son ("Econom­ic, envi­ron­ment­al, and social justice for all") and Stewart Alexander of the Socialist Party USA...."

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Left, right

11 October 2012

Tom Emmer 
Aitkin Independent Age (OH)

"You might be surprised...to know there are several other “candidates” who are running for the highest office in the land. Stewart Alexander, is a 59-year-old former radio talk show host from California running as the Socialist Party...candidate...."

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What Do Third-Party Candidates Think About K-12?

10 October 2012

By Alyson Klein
Education Week

"Stewart Alexander, a former talk show host and activist.
Calls for free, or low-cost comprehensive early-childhood education, increased funding for arts and music education, and support for teachers' collective bargaining rights. More here..."

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Mock election teaches Gil St. Bernard students in Gladstone to broaden views on world issues

10 October 2012

The Messenger Gazette (Somerset Co., NJ)

For the seventh consecutive presidential election year, Gill St. Bernard’s will join more than 100 high schools nationwide in a mock election process known as V.O.T.E.S., or Voting Opportunities for Teenagers in Every State....

Representing Gill St. Bernard’s five parties at each of the above events during the 2012 V.O.T.E.S. election process will be the following student-candidates:....Socialists- Jenna Arasim ’13 of Glen Gardner (Stewart Alexander) and Laura Wood ’13 of Mendham (Alejandro Mendoza)...."

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SP U.S. Senate Candidate Questionnaire Responses Featured in NJ LWV Voters Guide

The New Jersey state chapter of the League of Women Voters has published a U.S. Senate Candidates Voters Guide featuring the questionnaire responses of Socialist Party U.S. Senate candidate Gregory Pason. The text of the Guide is available here.

Indiana AFL-CIO Endorses SP State House Candidate

3 October 2012

The Indiana State AFL-CIO has endorsed SP candidate John Strinka for Indiana's 39th district State House seat in the 2012 November election. Strinka is the only non-major party candidate to receive the State AFL-CIO's endorsement in this year's election.

A complete listing of the Indiana AFL-CIO's 2012 candidate endorsements can be found by clicking here. Although mislabeled as "Independent" on the AFL-CIO's candidate endorsement list, Strinka's name is listed on the Indiana ballot under the party label of the Socialist Party USA.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Veteran Politico from Monmouth County Seeks to Unseat Incumbent U.S. Senator

2 October 2012

By Joe Tyrrell
NJ Spotlight

"Gregory Pason, 46, of Montclair promises to put the interests of workers and communities first and remain independent of the two major parties. As the standard bearer for the Socialist Party, he is emphasizing women’s issues, including his support of full reproductive rights as part of national nonprofit health care. A 1984 graduate of Mendham High School, Pason is married and has one son. The national secretary for the Socialist Party, USA, Pason is active in a number of causes, including Brandworkers International and Residents Against Racism...."

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Stewart Alexander Interviewed on AirAmarteifioRadio

Socialist Party Presidential candidate Stewart Alexander was once again interviewed on AirAmarteifioRadio on Monday October 1st.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pre-Election Message by Stewart Alexander

In some states, voters will be able to cast their vote to speak for the 99 percent and vote for Stewart Alexander for President and Alex Mendoza for Vice President. These voters will be on the frontline to revolt against a political system that is unfair and unjust; their votes will be a revolt against unfair ballot access laws that has rigged the entire political process to limit voter choice to the candidates of the two corporate parties.  

29 September 2012

A Statement by Stewart Alexander, Socialist Party Candidate for President of the United States 

We are approaching the final days before the November 2012 General Election; and one year since the SPUSA nominated Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza for president and vice president, the Alexander/Mendoza presidential campaign has been able to reach out to millions of working people with a message of hope for real change that is only possible in a society that is established around the principles of socialism.

The Alexander/Mendoza campaign has sought to unveil the lies of the capitalists that has given working people a false sense of hope and security that has only enslaved the minds of working people; a false sense of hope that good paying jobs will be created; a false sense of hope that education will be affordable; a false sense of hope that access to affordable healthcare is possible; a false sense of hope for affordable housing; a false sense of hope that the nation will pursue peace, not war....
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Greg Pason and John Strinka Interviewed on AirAmarteifioRadio

Socialist Party U.S. Senate candidate Greg Pason (NJ) and Socialist Party State Representative candidate John Strinka (IN - 39th dist.). were both interviewed on AirAmarteifioRadio on September 24, 2012.

Click here to listen to the Podcast.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stewart Alexander Interviewed on Civil Discourse Now

23 September 2012

Stewart Alexander participated in a three-part video interview with Civil Discourse Now co-hosts Mark Small and Paul Ogden.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Behind Closed Doors: Socialism makes return to Indiana

22 September 2012

Star Report
Indy Star (Indianapolis)

"The Socialist Party is making a run in red-dominated Indiana.

Come Election Day, though, polls indicate the color on the maps is more likely to signal Republican victories than a throwback to Red Russia ideals.

Still, presidential write-in socialist candidate Stewart Alexander officially will kick off his Midwest campaign at 10 a.m. Monday at University Park. He'll be joined by two Indiana House candidates facing strong incumbents...."

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Two-Part Interview Conducted with SP Presidential Candidate on AirAmarteifio Radio

17 September 2012

Socialist Party Presidential candidate Stewart Alexander conducted a two-part radio interview on AirAmarteifio Radio on September 10 and 17, 2012.

Audio recordings of the two interviews can be found here (no. 1) and here (no. 2).

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Socialist Party Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander Interviewed on SharedSacrifice

16 August 2012

Socialist Party presidential candidate Stewart Alexander was interviewed on the SharedSacrifice internet radio show on August 16. A recording of the interview can be found here.

To The Nines: A lesson in politics

16 September 2012

By Roneisha Mullen
Toledo Blade (OH)

"In October, the Socialist Party USA nominated Stewart Alexander, a 'working man' as its candidate for president in the 2012 election. According to its Web site, www.socialistparty-usa.net, the party is a democratic socialist organization that sees socialism as 'a new social and economic order in which workers and consumers control production, and community residents control their neighborhoods, homes, and school, and the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not the private profit of a few....'"

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Socialist, Libertarian, and Constitution Party Presidential Candidates Featured Together as Guests on Fox News Channel Program 'Stossel'

 13 September 2012

Socialist Party USA presidential candidate Stewart Alexander was a featured guest on the Fox News Channel program "Stossel" airing on September 13, 2012, together with Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Indiana SP State House Candidate Ronald Haldeman Interviewed on The Light 1310AM Radio

12 September 2012

Socialist Party Indiana State House candidate Ronald Haldeman (94th dist.) was interviewed along with two other IN minor party candidates on The Light 1310AM radio (Indianapolis) on September 12.

A recording of the interview can be found here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Visit With the Mayor

11 September 2012

A Statement by John Strinka, Socialist Party Candidate for Indiana State House (39th District)

I've spent a good bit of time this summer with UNITE HERE, the union which is currently engaged in organizing the hotel workers of Indianapolis. After years of struggle, UNITE HERE has finally succeeded in garnering some public attention, and even some friends among the Democratic majority in City Council. As a result of this, the City Council passed the Freedom to Work bill, proposition 179 at their July 16th meeting, by a vote of (predictably) 16-12....

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Solidarity with the Teachers’ Strike in Chicago!

11 September 2012

A Statement by Pat Noble, Socialist Party Candidate for Red Bank Regional HS Board of Education

On Monday, 26,000 teachers went on strike in Chicago, IL, many of whom took to the streets in protest of sub par working conditions and benefits. The right-wing attack on educators has been widespread, with education being a constant first stop for politicians looking to balance a budget on austerity instead of having their wealthy benefactors pay their fair share. As a student, as well as a candidate for the Red Bank Regional Board of Education, I stand in solidarity with the teachers in Chicago, who are standing up, not only for themselves, but for every teacher who receives less than they deserve....

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Indiana SP State House Candidate John Strinka Interviewed on Radio Akasha

10 September 2012

Indiana Socialist Party State House candidate John Strinka (39th dist.) was interviewed on Radio Akasha on September 10.

A recording of the interview can be found here.

Friday, September 7, 2012

LGBT Media Bad in Covering Non-Major Parties

7 September 2012

By Shane Que Hee
Gay San Diego

"A question for all of you: who was the first openly LGBT person to seek nomination for the Presidency of the United States of any political party? Fred Karger? Stephen Durham? The answer is David McReynolds
of the Socialist Party USA in 1980 and again in 2000. Another question: when did the California Democratic Party first have a same-sex marriage clause in its platform? The answer: 2008. When did the federal Democratic Party first support same sex marriage? The answer: 2012, at last...."

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ohio Socialist Party Nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010 Wins Partial Court Victory Over Debate Exclusion

05 September 2012

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"On September 5, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, from the District of Columbia district, issued an 18-page decision about debates. The case is La Botz v Federal Election Commission, 11-1247. It says that the FEC was wrong to have dismissed a complaint filed by the 2010 Socialist Party’s U.S. Senate candidate in Ohio, Dan La Botz. La Botz had been denied participation in the U.S. Senate candidate debates, which were restricted to only the Democratic and Republican nominees. The debates had been sponsored by a consortium of eight Ohio newspapers, which are corporations. FEC rules provide that debates sponsored by for-profit corporations may exclude some candidates, but the debate sponsors must have predetermined, objective criteria as to whom should be invited....."

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Special Thanks to NOW-NJ PAC for their support!

5 September 2012

A Statement by Greg Pason, Socialist Party Candidate for U.S. Senate (NJ)

NOW-NJ PAC now supports endorsement of the Pason for US Senate Campaign! We appreciate NOW-NJ's support. They are now recommending endorsement by the national NOW-PAC! Getting a national endorsement from NOW-PAC is a huge up-hill battle, but support from NJ-NOW is a great victory for the campaign!...

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NJ Branch of National Organization for Women (NOW) Endorses SP Candidate for U.S. Senate

5 September 2012

The New Jersey State branch of the National Organization for Women (NOW) has officially endorsed Socialist Party candidate Greg Pason in the race for that State's 2012 elected seat in the United States Senate.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

15 Third-Party Presidential Candidates

4 September, 2012

By Miss Cellania
Mental Floss magazine

"Stewart Alexander is running on the Socialist Party USA ticket. Alexander is a community and consumer activist and an NAACP member. He ran for mayor of Los Angeles in 1988 and for Lieutenant governor in California in 2006 on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket. He was the Socialist Party candidate for vice-president in 2008...."

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

'Do Americans Really Want Socialism?'

23 August 2012
Socialist Party presidential candidate Stewart Alexander conducted a YouTube interview with 'Jeff4Justice.com' on August 23, titled "Do Americans Really Want Socialism?" 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Reproductive Rights Must Be Guaranteed

21 August 2012

A Statement by Greg Pason, Socialist Party Candidate for U.S. Senate (NJ)

Yesterday’s statement by Republican US Senate candidate Todd Akin on “legitimate rape” and rejection of the right to abortion in any situation should not come as a surprise to anyone who has followed the rightward drift of the Republican Party and the increased control of the Party by the anti-choice lobby.

The Democrats have responded with outrage, but their rhetoric does not match their actions. Time and time again the Democrats have found ways to allow their own anti-choice lobby to hijack full reproductive rights for women. The most recent example is the inclusion of the“ Hyde Amendment” in the so-called “Affordable Care Act.” President Obama caved to Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan’s amendment which prohibits use of Federal funds "to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion" except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother.” This reactionary language is now in the healthcare bill....

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Forest Park Based Socialist Party USA Member Gets Petition Thrown Out

21 August 2012

By Jean Lotus
Forest Park Review (IL)

"Elections in the United States follow a two-party pattern, but that doesn't mean there aren't third, and fourth, and fifth parties active here.Forest Park was recently in the news when a group of tiny third parties was knocked off the Illinois ballot by the biggest third party in the state: the Illinois Green Party. One of them was based in Forest Park: the Socialist USA Party [sic], represented by longtime local progressive Art Kazar...."

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Socialist Party Nominee for U.S. House Files Lawsuit Against Michigan Ballot Access Law for Newly-Qualifying Parties

20 August 2012

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"On August 15, Matt Erard, the Socialist Party’s nominee for U.S. House, 13th district, filed a lawsuit against Michigan’s law on how newly-qualifying parties get on the ballot. Such parties this year need 32,261 signatures, yet older parties only needed 16,083 votes to remain on, for both 2010 and 2012. In Williams v Rhodes, in 1968, the U.S. Supreme Court said states cannot require newly-qualifying parties to show support from more voters than the support that is required for older parties to remain on the ballot. The case is Erard v Michigan Secretary of State, eastern district, U.S. District Court, 2:12-cv-13627...."

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Liberty Union Nominates Stewart Alexander for President

14 August 2012

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"On August 12, Liberty Union, a ballot-qualified party that exists only in Vermont, nominated Stewart Alexander for President. He is also the Socialist Party presidential nominee as well.

However, it turns out that the 2009 law that changed independent candidate petition deadlines from September to June also changed the deadlines for qualified minor parties to submit their nominees for the November ballot. Therefore, the Secretary of State will refuse to print the Liberty Union nominees on the November ballot, unless the party wins a lawsuit...."

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Socialist Party Presidential Candidate Featured for a Second Time on The Lou Show

12 August 2012 

Socialist Party presidential candidate Stewart Alexander was featured for a second time as an interview guest on The Lou Show on August 12. A recording of the broadcast can be found here.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Socialist Presidential Candidate Interviewed on 'Truth Transmission' Web-Show

6 August 2012

Socialist Party presidential candidate Stewart Alexander was interviewed on the web-based talk show Truth Transmission on August 6, 2012. A recording of the broadcast can be found here.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

SPUSA Presidential Candidate Alexander Comments on Obama "Gaffe"

26 July 2012
Contact media [at] stewartalexanderforpresident2012.org

LOS ANGELES, CA -President Obama is facing a massive smear campaign by right wing forces for pointing out the interconnectedness of society and how those with the most are benefiting from society. The Socialist Party USA Presidential ticket of Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza agree with this sentiment while, at the same time, pointing out that President Obama’s record raises questions as to whether his sentiment is genuine.

“It is not a Marxist idea nor a socialist idea that members of society support one another,” explains Alexander. “Even Adam Smith said, ‘We shall be sensible that without the assistance and co-operation of many thousands, the very meanest person in a civilized country could not be provided, […] the easy and simple manner in which he is commonly accommodated.’ Only a sociopath could deny it though capitalism does its best to ignore it.”

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Support a skatepark in Home Depot

18 July 2012

The Commons (Windham Co., VT)

"On Sunday, July 8, at a joint meeting of the Socialist Party Local and Liberty Union, the following resolution was agreed upon: 'In accordance with a policy of keeping Vermont green, we support a skateboard park in the former Home Depot building [in Brattleboro] and the preservation of the Crowell lot as it currently exists. We urge our candidates to make this a primary issue of their candidacies.'

The candidates for the Socialist Party/Liberty Union are: Owen M. Diamondstone-Kohout, state representative for Windham District 5 (Dummerston, Putney, Westminster); Ian Diamondstone, state representative for Brattleboro District 3; Aaron Diamondstone, state senate candidate for Windham County; Dan Eagle, governor; Ben Mitchell, lieutenant governor; Mary Alice (Mal) Herbert, secretary of state; Jessy Diamondstone, state treasurer; Jerry Levy, auditor; Rosemarie Jackowski, attorney general; Peter Diamondstone, U.S. Senate; and Jane Newton, U.S House of Representatives."

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Socialist Party Petitions to Place Two Indiana Legislative Candidates on Ballot

 9 July 2012

By: Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"The Indiana Socialist Party says it has collected enough signatures to place two legislative candidates on the November ballot. Both of them will be the only opponents to incumbents who are running for re-election. Ron Haldeman is running for State House, 94th district, against an incumbent Democrat. John Strinka is running for State House, 39th district, against an incumbent Republican. These are the first Socialist Party nominees to appear on the Indiana ballot since 1948...."

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Two Socialist Party Candidates Set to Challenge Indiana State Reps

9 July 2012

By: Eric Berman
WIBC Radio (Indianapolis - 93.1FM)

"The Socialist Party USA says it's gathered enough signatures to field the sole opposition in two state House districts that are about as different as they can be. Carmel Republican Jerry Torr authored Indiana's new right-to-work law. But Indianapolis Democrat Cherrish Pryor faces a reelection challenge from Socialist Ron Haldeman. ....  [Socialist candidate] John Strinka acknowledges it'll be difficult for a socialist to beat Torr in conservative Carmel, but charges right-to-work will destroy the only tool workers have to level the playing field with employers, by chipping away at collective bargaining...."

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Greens Challenge Third Parties, “Fight Against the Corporate Parties Not Each Other”

A Statement by Stewart Alexander, Socialist Party Candidate for President of the United States  

8 July 2012

Running for President as a Third Party candidate is a tough gig. Out on the campaign trail we are always outspent by the Democrats and Republicans, opposed in court by their fancy lawyers and harassed by their, mostly paid, political representatives. Worst of all, both of these corporate funded parties rely on fundamentally undemocratic ballot access laws to ensure their own dominance. I take this for granted – the Democrats and Republicans will resort to any dirty trick necessary to fend off a challenge from Third Party candidates. The big surprise of this election season is that another Third Party, the Illinois Green Party, not the Democrats and Republicans are the ones resorting to dirty tricks....  

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Justice Party, Socialist Party, Constitution Party Presidential Petitions in Illinois are Challenged

2 July 2012

By: Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"Late in the afternoon of July 2, challenges were filed against the presidential petitions of the Justice, Socialist, and Constitution Party petitions, along with a challenge to Michael W. Hawkins’ presidential petition, which uses the party label “Together Enhancing America.” No challenge appears to have been filed against the Libertarian petition or the Green petition. Challenges had to be in the office of the State Board of Elections by 5 p.m. Illinois time on July 2. The State Board of Elections does a good job of posting challenges very soon after they are filed, so the Libertarians and Greens seem safe, for president...."

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Opposition Presidential candidates comment on Obamacare ruling

29 June 2012

By: Mark Wachtler
Independent Examiner

"Socialist Party Presidential candidate Stewart Alexander was the second candidate to issue a response. In the candidate’s email, Alexander remarks, 'The private health insurance companies always had two ideas in mind when it came to healthcare reform – either to avoid all reforms or stick the American people with bad reform. Tonight, the Supreme Court upheld the bad healthcare reform that will insure the profits of private healthcare companies at the expense of American’s access to healthcare....'"

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Socialist Party Candidate Alexander Calls Obamacare Another Corporate Giveaway

Obama’s policy was based on the original sin of allowing the pharmaceutical companies off the hook. He then followed this up by pledging public funds to subsidize junk healthcare plans, coercing Americans into purchasing these plans and silencing the voices of single-payer healthcare advocates. Obamacare is not healthcare reform; it is just another corporate giveaway by the Obama administration. 

29 June 2012

Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander condemned the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the provisions of the President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Calling it a “corporate restructuring of the healthcare system in America,” Alexander pointed to the many inequities that are built into to the new system. He highlighted the need for a fully socialized healthcare system that guarantees access to high quality healthcare as a human right....

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SP National Co-Chair Interviewed on Wild Wild Left Show Regarding Healthcare & 2012 SP Presidential Campaign

29 June 2012 

Socialist Party National Co-Chair Billy Wharton was interviewed in the Wild Wild Left Show on July 29 regarding healthcare and the 2012 SP presidential campaign. A recording of the interview can be found here.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Obamacare

 A Statement by Greg Pason, Socialist Party Candidate for U.S. Senate (New Jersey)

28 June 2012

The “Obamacare” legislation was wrong headed from day one. Instead of addressing the healthcare crisis by replacing the for-profit health insurance system with a national not-for-profit health care system, the administration and congress found a way to use this crisis to fill the pockets of for-profit health insurance by guaranteeing them customers and mandating a regressive tax on working people....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Socialist Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander Condemns Coup in Paraguay

The impeachment of President Lugo was a coup carried out by Conservative forces in the Congress against the will of the people of Paraguay,”

27 June 2012

Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander condemns the removal of the democratically elected President of Paraguay Fernando Lugo. Alexander describes the removal by Congressional impeachment as an illegitimate coup. He calls upon the Paraguayan Congress to restore President Lugo and condemns US President Barack Obama for not strongly denouncing the undemocratic maneuver.

“The impeachment of President Lugo was a coup carried out by Conservative forces in the Congress against the will of the people of Paraguay,” Alexander stated. “Despite this undemocratic action and the wishes of the US government to force out a leftist leader, there will be no going back in Latin America. The people’s voice will be heard and the popular movements in the region will restore democracy through the class struggle....” 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Few file as Libertarian, 
independent candidates to run in Nov. 6 election

26 June 2012

By: Brenda Schory
Kane County Chronicle (IL)

"Howie Hawkins of New York and Jill Stein of Lexington, Maine, filed as the Green Party’s candidates; Linda Anderson Boyd of Washington and Ross “Rocky” Anderson of Utah filed as independents; Lex Green of Bloomington and Edward Rutledge of Lemont filed as Libertarians; and Alex Mendoza of Texas and Stewart Alexander of California filed under the Socialist Party USA...."

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Monday, June 25, 2012

John Strinka has guts

25 June 2012 

By: David Hopp  
NUVO (central Indiana)

"I don't know John Strinka. We've never met. But this guy's got guts. Strinka has filed as a Socialist candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives in, of all places, District 39 - a swatch of the northern suburbs that includes parts of Carmel and Fishers. Jerry Torr is the incumbent there. He's an insurance man who voted for what Strinka calls 'Right to Work For Less' during the last legislative session.

In a press release, Strinka is touted as the first Socialist candidate in decades to qualify for the Indiana ballot. This is worth thinking about. Indiana, after all, plays a distinguished part in the short and largely forgotten history of socialism in the United States...."

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Six Presidential Candidates Submit Petitions in Illinois

25 June 2012

By: Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"June 25 was the petition deadline in Illinois for independent candidates, and nominees of unqualified parties. Six presidential candidates submitted a petition: Stewart Alexander, Socialist; Virgil Goode, Constitution; Gary Johnson, Libertarian; Jill Stein, Green; Rocky Anderson, independent; and Michael W. Hawkins, whose party label is “Together Enhancing America.” Hawkins also submitted a petition for himself as an independent presidential candidate. The Libertarian petition actually carries the name of Rex Green, who is a stand-in for Gary Johnson. Illinois law permits substitution...."

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Alexander Designated as Most Left-Wing Choice on the Political Compass' 2012 Presidential Election Chart

 22 June 2012

Socialist Party 2012 Presidential candidate Stewart Alexander is among the six candidates listed on the Political Compass' official 2012 Presidential Election chart - along with Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, (prospective) Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama, Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, and (prospective) Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney.

The chart designates Alexander to be the only one of those candidates truly falling on the left-wing of the political spectrum, while also listing him to be tied with Rocky Anderson as the two most socially-libertarian presidential candidates among the six.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Socialist candidate qualifies for Hamilton County ballot

18 June 2012

By: Jim Shella
WISHTV (central Indiana - ch. 8)

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"INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - There's a socialist running for a seat in the Indiana General Assembly and his name will be on the ballot in Hamilton County. John Strinka is a warehouse worker who collected more than 450 petition signatures, enough to get his name on the November ballot.

As he delivered them to the state election division wearing his Socialist Party t-shirt, co-director Brad King said he's the first socialist candidate to qualify for the ballot in Indiana since the early '80's.  'I think it's a victory for American democracy,' says Strinka...."

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Johnson has some appeal on the right and left

 17 June 2012

By: Jeff Berg

"Today financial constraints, party politics and a strong media bias about allowing anyone beyond the 'chosen' two – the candidates of the Republican and Democratic parties – makes it nearly impossible for anyone to get recognition. Did you even know that there are at least 16 other announced presidential candidates for other political parties for the 2012 election, ranging from Stewart Alexander of the Socialist Party to Jack Fellure of the Prohibition Party (they’ve been running candidates for years, by the way)...."

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Stewart Alexander Interviewed on the Wild Wild Left Show

08 June 2012

Socialist Party presidential candidate Stewart Alexander was interviewed on the Wild Wild Left Show on Friday June 08.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Socialist Party Presidential Ticket on the Ballot in Colorado

05 June 2012 
Voters in Colorado will have another choice when they select their candidate in the 2012 Presidential elections.  Socialist Party USA (SP-USA) Presidential candidate, Stewart Alexander, and Vice Presidential candidate, Alex Mendoza, have been qualified by the Colorado Board of Elections to appear on the ballot on election day, November 6, 2012.  Colorado is the first of several states that will include the Socialist Party USA candidates as a part of a national effort to gain ballot access....

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Monday, June 4, 2012

3rd-party hopefuls crowd California primary ballot, from a Socialist to Roseanne Barr

04 June 2012

By: Lee Ross
Fox News

"Socialist Stewart Alexander says he's carrying the political torch of the Occupy movement.....

'We believe that working people should have a democratic process where they have a say in what takes place, not only in Washington, D.C., but also in the state of California,' Alexander said over the weekend at a yard sale fundraiser in Los Angeles. 'The corporate candidates are supported by the corporate media. And the corporations; they own both.'

Alexander has already secured the Socialist Party's nomination but is hoping to gain a spot on the Peace and Freedom Party's ballot line in California....."

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Obama 'Socialist' Claim Persists On Right Despite Inaccuracies

04 June 2012

By David Crary
Associated Press

"Full-fledged U.S. socialists are relatively scarce these days – three socialist-oriented presidential candidates received about 21,000 votes among them in 2008. And current socialist leaders don't share the right-wing view that Obama is a fellow traveler.

"It makes absolutely no sense," said Greg Pason, national secretary of the Socialist Party USA. Obama's health care overhaul "is anything but socialist. It's bailing out for-profit companies...."

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Stewart Alexander Deciphers Latest Jobs Report

03 June 2012

The Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander says that the most recent jobs report represents the bankruptcy of Obama’s economic policy

 The Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander says that the most recent jobs report represents the bankruptcy of Obama’s economic policy. The report included an increase in the unemployment rate to 8.2% and indicates a lull in job creation for the first quarter.

Alexander proposes a public employment program that will use public funds to put unemployed Americans back to work. This plan is the opposite of the course chosen by Obama, who lavished the banks and private companies with money as a part of his bailout program....

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Notes from the Editors

2 June 2012

By: MR Editorial Staff
The Monthly Review

"J. Quinn Brisben, whose review appears in this issue of MR, died on April 17, 2012, at age 77. He ran as the Socialist Party USA candidate for President of the United States in the 1992 general election, and was a longtime activist and teacher. He was also a poet interested in cultural as well as political themes. In the 1990s he emerged as one of MR’s most treasured cultural and political reviewers, reviewing E.P. Thompson’s posthumous work on William Blake (MR, September 1994), Roxanne Dunbar Oritz’s Red Dirt (MR, December 1997), along with reviews of a number of other books...."

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Is Obama a socialist? I quizzed the experts, and they laughed

31 May 2012

By Steve Blow
Dallas Morning News

"Mendoza said he has to laugh when people refer to Obama as a socialist. Mendoza says he became a socialist precisely because Obama is so not a socialist....

Specifically, Mendoza cites the president’s health care plan as more of a gift to insurance companies than a move toward universal care. Then there were the corporate bailouts. And the stepped-up military action in Afghanistan and elsewhere...."

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Obituary for J. Quinn Brisben, 1934-2012

18 May 2012 

By: Eric S.  
Solidarity Webzine 

"Along with anti-war activist David McReynolds and others, Quinn survived the Schachtman-era SP to run as the party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1976 alongside Frank Zeidler, and standing as the SPUSA’s presidential candidate in 1992 with vice-presidential candidate Barbara Garson. Quinn also became a committed disabilities rights activist, and many of his later-life arrests featured the bewildering sight of police separating Quinn and his comrades from their wheelchairs and walkers...."

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

USA 2012: I candidati minori

17 May 2012

By: Stefano Mentana
Termometro Politico (Italy)

"Il Partito Socialista degli Stati Uniti, fondato nel 1973, presente al momento in undici Stati, candiderà il suo attivista Californiano Stewart Alexander, che nel 2008 era stato candidato come Vice presidente di Brian Moore...."

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There are Other Third Party Candidates, You Know

17 May 2012

By TNR Staff
The New Republic

"This year’s presidential nominee for the Socialist Party USA is Stewart Alexander, who previously ran for mayor of Los Angeles in 1989 and finished seventh...."

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Socialist Party Candidate Finds Obama’s Same-Sex Marriage Stance Wanting

16 May 2012
Contact: Lynn Lomibao
Email: media [at] stewartalexanderforpresident2012.org

Los Angeles, CA – President Obama announced recently that he is personally for same-sex marriage, but believes the decision should be left up to the states. Many have cheered him on for taking the stance, but Socialist Party USA presidential candidate, Stewart Alexander, says that the stance is an appalling disregard of the human rights of homosexuals and bisexuals.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Last Chance to Register for June Primary

15 May, 2012

By: Eamon Harbord
River Dell Patch (NJ)

"Incumbent Bob Menedez will have to wait till Wednesday to see who his challenger will be. Republican candidates include David Douglas Brown, current state senator Joe Kyrillos, Bader Qarmout and Joe Rullo. Ken Wolski (Green), Ken Del Vecchio (Libertarian), Greg Pason (Socialist), Jeff Boss (Independent), Larry Donahue (Independent) and Jonathan Maher (Independent) will also be on the ballot...."

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Ron Paul Ends Campaign: Who Wins The Pot Vote?

14 May 2012

By: Nick Schou
OC Weekly (Orange Co., CA)

The good news is that you don't have to choose between Romney and Obama....There's someone named Stewart Alexis Alexander, who unlike Obama is an actual socialist from the Socialist Party USA...."

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Socialist Party Presidential Ticket Defends Public Workforce; Defends the US Postal Service

7 May 2012
Contact: Lynn Lomibao 
Email: media [at] stewartalexanderforpresident2012.org

Los Angeles, CA – The past few years have been marked by attacks on the public workers. In states such as Wisconsin, Republicans attacked the right of state employees to collectively bargain; in states such as Massachusetts, the Democrats did the same. Federal employees faced a two year pay freeze, despite rising wages in the private sector, followed by a hike in pension contributions for new employees, including those that have been federally employed for up to five years. The United States Postal Service is looking at turning back services and potentially laying off 80,000 workers due to a manufactured budget shortfall. The Socialist Party USA ticket of Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza say that this is part of a larger attack upon the working class for the benefit of the wealthiest 1%.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Socialism, American Style: L.A. Comrades Look To 2012 Election

5 May 2012

By John Hobbs
Neon Tommy

"As socialists, we believe in socialized medicine,” Mendoza said. “In his health care act, he threw a bone to the insurance companies [with the individual mandate], giving them millions and millions of new customers and didn’t even consider single-payer.” Soltysik, who’s working as the campaign manager for Mendoza and his running mate Stewart Alexander, said the candidates’ experience in the working class makes them ideal for the Oval Office...."

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Presidential Primary Debates of A Different Stripe: Progressives Come to Los Angeles

2 May 2012

Karen Hilfman
Altadena Patch (California)

"Sunday’s debate was sponsored by the Peace and Freedom Party, with candidates running for the Party’s Presidential nomination.  They were Stewart Alexander (Socialist Party USA), Rocky Anderson (Justice Party), Stephen Durham (Freedom Socialist Party) and Peta Lindsay (Party of Socialism and Liberation).  Participants answered questions first from the moderator, author and journalist John Gabree, then from the audience.  Approximately 50-60 people attended at the Westside Peace Center in Culver City...."

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ideas on Education

 17 April, 2012

A Statement by Greg Pason, Socialist Party Candidate for U.S. Senate (New Jersey)

We have the right to demand more from our educational system. Education is a public good — it should be owned by the public sector for the same reason that Social Security is: it is a universal human right.

The current educational system is failing us. Budgets cuts are dismantling our schools and paralyzing our educators. Class sizes are growing while resources are shrinking. And, as more and more programs get cut, students are left with fewer opportunities to explore and develop talents in areas such as the arts, music, physical education and world languages. Although the U.S. government spends about $10k per student, the U.S. public educational system ranks a dismal 14th among 34 of the most developed nations....

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Friday, April 13, 2012

On "Stay at Home Mom's" and the Value of Caregivers

13 April, 2012

A Statement by Greg Pason, Socialist Party candidate for U.S. Senate (New Jersey)

The statement of Democratic Party strategist Hillary Rosen discrediting Ann Romney as “never working a day in her life” has been quickly attacked by the talking heads of the Republican and Democratic parties. While Rosen’s statement was insulting and misguided,none of the responses from the Democrats of Republicans really address the issue brought forward....

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Stewart Alexander Responds to Peace and Freedom Presidential Candidates Survey

09 April 2012

Note: The 2012 Socialist Party USA Presidential ticket of Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza is currently seeking to obtain the dual nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party within the state of California.


I currently work as an automobile sales consultant. This work has brought me into direct contact with the public, has provided me with an insider’s look into problems with our financial system and has taught me many lessons about the hazards of consumer debt.

I was born in Newport News, Virginia; however, I have lived in California since I was a child. My earliest political memory was meeting Malcolm X with my father. Malcolm came to a local mosque in Watts and my father brought me along to hear him speak. I don’t remember anything particular about what he said, but I do remember how seriously he took his task. I intend to employ an equal amount of seriousness with this Presidential campaign....

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