The sixteenth Democrat to announce his candidacy for President of the United States is Wayne Messam, mayor of Miramar, Florida.
Messam is the latest Democrat to announce his candidacy, having launched his campaign with a website devoid of any platform or clearly identified positions on key issues, and a YouTube video with just over 5,000 views at press time.
The candidate is the son of Jamaican immigrants, as he notes in his launch video, and was the first black mayor of Miramar. He unseated a 16-year incumbent to attain the elected office, garnering a mere 2,756 votes to secure the position. He ran one reelection campaign, and received just under 6,000 votes.
His campaign launch video, which shows him running and stretching on a dirt road, stresses the importance of his immigrant heritage and pursuing the American dream. However, he did not clearly articulate a single policy in the campaign launch video.
Messam confusingly rambled into the camera, saying “The problem in America as I see it is that we are not addressing these high-stakes problems that we must deal with today,” then went on to list various examples, including senior citizens who cannot afford prescription medicine, the importance of believing in climate change hysteria, and student loan debt, reaffirming after each example that “Washington is broken.”
The Messam campaign website, as with the video, is devoid of content. It offers several paragraphs summarizing Messam’s life story, but does not currently have a single page devoted to issues or positions. Instead, Messam encourages visitors to donate, so he can reach the 65,000 individual donations the Democrat Party requires candidates to achieve before they will be given a coveted position on the debate stage.
Messam’s candidacy marks the 16th Democrat to join the presidential race for 2020. In addition to the 16 declared candidates, CNN reports that another 11 candidates are considering a run, including likely front runner and former Vice President Joe Biden, bringing the total number of potential and confirmed candidates to 27.
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DESPERATION: Never Trumpers Float Romney/Bloomberg as ‘the Unity Ticket America Deserves’
How pathetic are these guys?
The “Never Trump” brain trust over at The Bulwark has unveiled their antidote to stop the President they hate so much in this year’s election: a “unity ticket” consisting of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) as a presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his running mate.
Author Neal Simon made the argument that this potential third-party ticket would appeal to independents in an op/ed published on Monday.
“Senator Romney’s entrance into the presidential race wouldn’t just give the vital center of the electorate a home—it would stand a chance to break a system that is stacked against independents and third party candidates,” Simon argued.
He compared Romney’s potential to that of French President Emmanuel Macron, the reviled ruler who has populist Yellow Vest protesters rioting against his unpopular style of governance every weekend.
“And as Emmanuel Macron showed in France, standing up a new party and winning a presidential election in one motion is not impossible,” Simon wrote.
Simon posited that by putting Bloomberg on his ticket as Vice President, Romney could essentially buy the election, which is what Bloomberg is basically trying to do right now with his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“A Romney-Bloomberg ticket would be a first in modern American politics: A bipartisan unity ticket running under the banner of an independent third party,” he wrote.
Simon’s premise is predicated off of an assumption that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will win the Democrat presidential nomination. He believes that populism taking over the Republican and Democrat parties would open the door for a centrist revolution that could be led by Romney and Bloomberg.
“It would give both disgruntled Republicans who feel their party has become lost in Trump’s personality cult and Democrats who feel their party is lurching too far left towards a socialist revolution a voice on the ballot that reflects a popular idea of how the country should be run,” he concluded.
Simon, who was a failed independent candidate in the state of Maryland for the U.S. Senate in 2018, recently published a book titled, “Contract to Unite America: Ten Reforms to Reclaim Our Republic.” He is using the words of George Washington in his manifesto to defeat the new age of populist politics and return to the days of old.
“Capitalizing on personal insight derived from Simon’s political campaign along with extensive research, Contract to Unite America provides specific, practical solutions for an improved government and a better tomorrow,” Simon’s book description reads.
Unfortunately for Simon and the “Bulwark” neocons, the public has had enough of status quo politicians and does not want to return to the George W. Bush era. The dream ticket of Romney/Bloomberg is not likely to come to fruition.
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