Dozens of former Republican and Democratic officials form new parties

A series of former US Republican and Democratic officials formed a “third party” to attract millions of voters who are dissatisfied with the two political parties.

The newly formed party, called Forward, will initially be co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and former Republican governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman. They hope this party will become a viable alternative to the two Republican and Democratic parties that dominate American politics.

Forward party leaders plan to hold a series of launch and rally events in dozens of US cities this fall. Forward’s first launch is scheduled to take place in Houston on September 24, and the party’s first national convention will be held in a major city next summer.

Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate Andrew Yang in New York in May 2019.  Photo: Reuters.

Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate Andrew Yang in New York in May 2019. Image: Reuters.

Forward was founded on the merger of three political groups that have emerged in recent years in the US in response to an increasingly polarized political system. Forward leaders cited a Gallup survey last year that found a record two-thirds of Americans believe the country needs a third party.

The three political groups are the “American Renewal Movement,” which was founded by dozens of Republican officials in 2021, the Forward party, which Yang founded after he left the Democratic Party in 2021, and the “Fenging Movement.” America” ​​founded by former Republican congressman David Jolly.

There are more than 400 registered parties in the United States. “Third Party” is the term to refer to the party that is not the two main political parties Democratic and Republican. In American history, third parties have often failed to thrive. However, sometimes they can still influence the US presidential election.

Analysts believe that Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore in 2000 lost votes to Green Party candidate Ralph Nader, contributing to the victory of George W. Bush, the Republican representative.

Ngoc Anh (Theo Reuters)

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