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Reform Party Limps Toward 2016

20 years ago, businessman Ross Perot used his wealth to create a new political party, the Reform Party. The Reform Party pledged to work for balanced federal budgets and congressional term limits, but popular support for Ross Perot fell apart, and aside from the election of Jesse Ventura as Governor of Minnesota, the party never saw electoral victory.

Remember Andre Barnett? He was the Reform Party presidential candidate in 2012, receiving almost no attention and getting only 962 votes.

At present, there is only one candidate for the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2016. Stephen Marks from Tamarac, Florida declared his candidacy 2 months ago. He has raised no money, created no campaign web site, and received zero coverage from journalists.

So, at present, the Reform Party doesn’t seem to be in a strong position to perform well in the 2016 presidential election. Then again, it isn’t too late for the Reform Party to return to its roots, by having a wealthy businessman pump it full of cash, creating the false appearance of a popular movement.

In what sense would that be reform?

11 thoughts on “Reform Party Limps Toward 2016”

  1. Korky Day says:

    Thanks to you, Stephen Marks has now received some media coverage.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Well, yes, that was part of the reason I wanted to write this article. However I really don’t know his agenda, so I can buy no means endorse his candidacy.

  2. ella says:

    If Stephen Marks has a platform to run on I can’t find it. But the Reform Party National Committee has a website: (2015)

    Apparently Ross Perot was able to leave a legacy that has been able to survive – sort of. If Perot had had the personality of Trump he might have made it. He certainly knew what he was talking about, but he was in no way a showman or politician. The Green Party seems to be the only one from those days that manages to stay in the picture.

    1. Marc W says:

      All I could find about his platform was this borderline comical 79 minute dialogue with himself on SoundCloud. I have no idea what to think about it though.

  3. Dave says:

    Ross Perot was probably instrumental in getting Bill Clinton elected. Every candidacy has its side effects.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Not every candidacy, Dave. I think Andre Barnett had no impact on the 2012 election.

  4. Korky Day says:

    Previous presidential candidates for the Reform Party were Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump in 1999.

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  7. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    Funny how Donald Trump didn’t run for them in 2000!

  8. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    Donald Trump really should regret not running back in 2000. He may have been a reverse Nader to get Al Gore elected!

  9. Korky Day says:

    Actually, Stephen Kent Gray, my party’s Ralph Nader had very little hand in Bush II’s alleged ‘win’ in 2000.
    Mostly it was the 2-party system with a little nudge from a traitorous supreme court.
    Vote for candidates determined to end the accidentally created 2-party system.

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