Roseanne Barr will be among a dozen presidential candidates on the ballot in Florida in the November 6 election, thanks to ballot access rules that are among the most liberal in the nation.
Barr’s California-based Peace and Freedom Party and a number of other small political organizations are running candidates against Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the swing state.
The Peace and Freedom Party has a platform calling for the legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage and Barr’s running mate is Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist who grabbed national attention by staging a long-running protest outside of former President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch.
She announced her presidential candidacy in August 2011 after losing the race for the Green Party’s presidential nomination.
On her website, Barr says “the bankers and the (U.S.) Federal Reserve need to be brought down” to help mend the ailing U.S. economy.
“They have stolen our money, our future and the American Dream and continue to enslave us with a broken monetary system,” the statement says.
“We definitely do not have any serious choices in this election besides me,” Barr says in a videotaped speech on her website.
Roseanne is running on the Peace and Freedom ticket with Cindy Sheehan, a strong anti-war advocate known for leading a protest outside of George W. Bush‘s Texas ranch. Barr is using her candidacy to tap into the frustrations voters have with both parties.
“Cindy and I are the ‘Throw the Bums Out’ ticket and the ‘Ballot Access’ ticket. The American people are sick and tired of this ‘lesser evil’ garbage they get fed every election year,” said Barr before the party’s convention vote, which was held at the United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. “Both the Democrats and the Republicans do the same evils once they’re in office…”
Said Barr, “I’m here to tell the voters: if you want to tell the government and the two domineering parties that you’re sick and tired of all their evil, register in the Peace and Freedom Party and vote for me and Cindy.”