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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-26-08 07:35 AM
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Gravel now seeking Libertarian nod
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Source: Baltimore Sun

by Matthew Hay Brown

Former Sen. Mike Gravel is leaving the Democratic Party and his quixotic bid for its presidential nomination for the Libertarian Party.

It is a party that combines a commitment to freedom and peace that can't be found in the two major parties that control the government and politics of America," Gravel said in a statement released late Tuesday by Americas largest third party. "My libertarian views, as well as my strong stance against war, the military industrial complex and American imperialism, seem not to be tolerated by Democratic Party elites who are out of touch with the average American.

Gravel will now pursue the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination. He plans to announce the move today.

Despite two terms in the Senate and a head start in the race he announced his candidacy in April 2006 Gravel won no delegates in the campaign for the Democratic nomination. Through Dec. 31, he had raised $428,692 a little more than Ralph Nader, a little less than Keith Russell Judd, an engineer and musician who is listed on the Project Vote Smart web site as having once been a member of the Federation of Superheroes.*

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