Launched in May 2006, Unity08 is just now gaining greater recognition for promoting a third party candidate for the Presidential 2008 election. The difference with this third party organization? They want to nominate a man or woman from both sides of the ticket: one Republican and one Democrat to run together for President and Vice President.
Unity08 is the brainchild of Doug Bailey (former advisor to Gerald Ford) and Gerald Rafshoon (former communications director under Jimmy Carter). Unlikely pair? Well, that’s the whole idea of this third party ticket.
Taken directly from the Unity08 website:
Unity08 believes that neither of today’s major parties reflects the aspirations, fears or will of the majority of Americans. Both have polarized and alienated the people. Both are unduly influenced by single-issue groups. Both are excessively dominated by money.
For most of the 20th Century, the contest for the U.S. presidency was waged over those “in the middle.” Recent Presidential elections, however, have not been focused on the middle but on the turnout of each party’s special interest groups — with each party’s “base” representing barely ten percent of the American people.
We believe that, while the leaders of both major parties are well intentioned people, they are trapped in a flawed system — and that the two major parties are today simply neither relevant to the issues and challenges of the 21st Century nor effective in addressing them.
As a result, most Americans have not been enthusiastic about the choices for President in recent elections, the key issues they ran on, or the manner in which the campaigns were conducted.
Therefore Unity08 will act to assure that an alternative ticket is presented to the American voters in 2008.
Unity ’08 is now gathering delegates online which will let voters cast an e-ballot for the duo that they want to run on the 2008 ticket. Should either the Dems or GOP worry? Well, although the GOP has enough worries right now (like aligning with their own party), I seriously doubt it. It is an entertaining idea and shouldn’t be ignored but I’m not ready to hop on this bandwagon yet.
Can you just imagine?…Hillary and Rush…Giuliani and Obama??? sheesh