Forward is planning a national convention next summer and will soon seek ballot access to run candidates in 2024, according to the Post op-ed.
The party said in a news release that it would launch “a national building tour this fall to hear from voters and begin laying the groundwork for expanded state-by-state party registration and ballot access, relying on the combined nationwide network of the three organizations.” It plans to gain legal recognition “在 15 states by the end of 2022, twice that number in 2023, and in almost all U.S. states by the end of 2024.”
While Forward won’t be running its own candidates in this year’s midterm elections, 它会 “support select candidates in November who stand up for our democracy, even if they come from outside the new party,” 根据新闻稿.
, Whitman and Yang acknowledged the clear lack of success third parties have had in the United States previously
, 写作, “Most third parties in U.S
. history failed to take off
, either because they were ideologically too narrow or the population was uninterested.
” But they said that
“voters are calling for a new party now more than ever
,” 引用 a Gallup poll
“Americans of all stripes — 民主党人, Republicans and independents — are invited to be a part of the process, without abandoning their existing political affiliations, by joining us to discuss building an optimistic and inclusive home for the politically homeless majority,” the three former elected officials wrote.
Asked by Keilar on Thursday why they believe their effort to create a third party would work, Whitman said, “We’re in a different time.”
“When you have 50% of the American people saying that they are registered independent … people are sick and tired of what they’re seeing in Washington and the fact that nothing major is getting done is frustrating them. We have big problems and we want to see them resolved,” 她说.
A few independent candidates have earned national attention in their races this cycle
. 在犹他州, Evan McMullin
, who ran for president in
2016 as an anti-Trump conservative
, is challenging GOP Sen
. Mike Lee and has the backing of the state Democratic Party
. In Missouri
, John Wood
, a former senior investigator for the House select committee investigating the 一月 6, 2021, 袭击美国国会大厦
, is running as a
” to the field of Republican and Democratic candidates for the state’s open US Senate seat
. And in Oregon
, 前州森. Betsy Johnson
, who left the Democratic Party last year
, is a top contender in the open governor’s race
This story has been updated with additional reaction.