(Reuters)- Dozens of former Republicans and Democrats are forming a new third party called Forward. They say their aim is to provide a third party to millions of Americans that they feel are disenfranchised by the current two-party system.
The new party is said to be co-chaired by Andrew Yang (a former Democratic presidential candidate) and Christine Todd Whitman (a former Republican governor of New Jersey), who have both spent a good portion of their lives in American politics. They both are optimistic that this can be a successful alternative to both the Democrat and Republican parties. A Gallop poll revealed that over two-thirds of Americans feel that there should be a third party to help combat the political gridlock in their present political platform.
The party is declared as being centrist in nature. It is a merger of three political groups, Renew America Movement which was formed in 2021 by former officials of the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump; the Forward Party founded by Yang (who left the Democratic Party to become an independent); and the Serve America Movement, a group of former Democrats, Republicans, and independents formed by former Republican David Jolly.
That is quite a wide base of representation who will be launching on Thursday with, "How will we solve the big issues facing America? Not Left. Not Right. Forward." Usually, third parties fail to hit the mark to bring them enough continual political clout to keep them as a viable political option in ongoing elections (year in and year out). Mainly they have heavily influenced particular elections like Ralph Nadar for the Green Party in 2000. Hopefully this one is here to stay because centric ideals are missing in our politics because the two American parties stand too far apart from each other, and it just needs a centric boost to bring everyone back at the same table.
Only time will tell, because the heart of America is entrusted to two parties that are repeatedly failing their citizens. They fill them with hopes and promises that rarely blossom. With a budget of $5 million, we shall see where they can take this.