While they often feel like the odd ones out, third-party candidates and Republican Ron Paul joined together yesterday at the National Press Club to draw attention to the positions they have in common.
Ron Paul, Independent candidate Ralph Nader, Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, and Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin agreed to the following stances:
- Ending the Iraq war as quickly as possible.
- Strengthening privacy and civil liberties.
- Reducing the national debt.
- Auditing the Federal Reserve.
Libertarian candidate Bob Barr held his own press conference afterward, saying he was less concerned about unity, and more concerned about winning. Former Republican candidate Ron Paul said he would not be endorsing John McCain or Barack Obama. He did, however, back all four third-party candidates, adding, "If you ever get to the point where you believe the two parties are essentially the same, if the majority is outside of the establishment, it's not very democratic. The process is not working."
If you were a Ron Paul supporter, who do you think you'll vote for in November?