Thursday, August 18, 2022

US Democrat Andrew Yang Launches Centrist ‘Forward Party’ To Challenge Democratic And Republican

Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur who experienced a surprise surge in popularity in his bid to become the Democratic candidate in the 2020 United States presidential election, has announced the launch of a centrist new third party.

Yang said the new Forward Party, which has been formed with Republicans, Democrats and independents, will be the largest in terms of resources in the US outside of the goliath Democratic and Republican parties, which have long been the most dominant political forces in the country. The new party will begin a national building tour in the fall (autumn), he said.

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“It’s time to deliver the new approach to party politics millions of Americans have been waiting for—Forward!  Let’s go!,” Yang, who also unsuccessfully ran to be New York City mayor in 2021, wrote on a blog post on Wednesday.

Forward, which aims to be on the ballot in 15 states by the end of the year and all 50 by 2024, is the result of the merger of several smaller organisations.

Those include an earlier version of the party created by Yang after he left the Democratic Party last year.

It also includes the Serve America Movement, which is a coalition of former members of the major parties led by former Republican Congressman David Jolly, and the Renew America Movement, a group of former staffers from Republican administrations led by former Department of Homeland Security chief Miles Taylor, who served under former President Donald Trump.

Reuters news agency reported that former Republican governor of New Jersey, Christine Whitman, will initially co-chair the party with Yang.

The party’s platform envisions a departure from “rigid … one size fits all” policy pillars, instead saying its candidates will be united by broad themes meant to support freedom, help communities grow and bolster democracy, while seeking to emphasize problem solving over traditional partisan politics.

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