McCain predicts rise of 3rd party in US

2011-11-09 09:13

Washington - Republican Senator John McCain predicted on Tuesday a third US political party will emerge in response to Americans' economic frustrations and said it might as well be called "the Fed-Up Party".

The Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2008 raised the possibility of a third party about a year ago, but his comments on Tuesday suggest he has hardened his views as polls show Americans increasingly disillusioned with Washington politics.

The 75-year-old McCain may now be the most prominent US politician forecasting Americans will look to another party to compete with Democrats and Republicans.

"Unless both parties change, then I think that it's an inevitability. We aren't doing anything for the people," McCain said in blunt remarks at the Reuters Washington Summit.

Americans, he said, are frustrated by sluggish economic growth that has depleted their incomes while corporate executives take in massive salary bonuses.

Asked if the new option would be a centrist party, or a wing of the left or right, McCain quipped; "I think a Fed-Up Party."

McCain spoke from experience. In his home state of Arizona, he said a third of new registered voters are independents and, in many areas of the country, independents are increasingly the swing voters who decide elections.

'Plight of the people'

As for his own party, McCain expressed frustration that Republicans have not concentrated enough on the concerns of Americans struggling to make ends meet.

"The party, I think, has got to be a lot more responsive to the plight of the people," said McCain, who lost the presidential race to Barack Obama three years ago this month.

"I think we have to weigh in far more heavily on the side of things like reforming the tax code. If we reform the tax code, then many of these large corporations that paid no taxes last year ... maybe they would."

McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee who once developed a reputation as a maverick, is sticking with his own party, at least for now.

"No, I don't think so," he said when asked whether he would saddle up with a third-party movement. "I will continue to complain about things but ... I still haven't given up on the Republican Party."

Third-party candidates in presidential elections have not had success. The most tangible result of a third-party candidacy arguably came in 1992 when Ross Perot collected enough votes from then-Republican President George HW Bush to help Democrat Bill Clinton win the White House.

There has been some talk in political circles that the conservative Tea Party movement could eventually field its own presidential candidate, but McCain was doubtful.

"The Tea Party was a movement, not an organisation, as we know. And so they've kind of receded. There was never any permanency to them," he said.

"But I think that you could see a national movement, that there's a group of people saying 'look we may disagree on some specific issues but we're not one of them,'" he said.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-11-09 09:31

    Your the devil your self. Thanks to you and your ugly monster troll mr bush. You squander the worlds money. Rather go hide in a dark hole. Hope you a shamed. You give white guys a really bad name.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-09 11:06

      Well Lauden, besides your own vote of confidence, that little tirade did not seem to be that well received?

  • Oneant - 2011-11-09 09:49

    modern democracy is but a shadow of its former self. we need a total rethink... preferably one that includes the Internet where every decision is voted on, every day: a people parliament. imagine getting an email every day (on your phone or pc)... with a list of issues that need to be decided... and everyone subscribed can vote on them there and then. and voila.. no more useless politicians being paid to make decisions for us.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-09 17:50

      Western democracy is a mirage. The people have no power whatsoever. In the contemporary West in post-feudal times monarchical dictatorship has been replaced by the "dictatorship of Capital". The masses are just fooled into thinking that they have democratic freedoms by being allowed to vote in the "steam-releasing" ritual of voting and ballot boxes. Capital rules and the masses regardless of whom they vote for are no more than willing victims of the boom-bust dynamics of modern-day capitalism. But how do you bring down an entrenched totalitarian system that hides behind the iron curtain of democracy, in a country where the majority is stupid enough to be herded by TV and Oprah. You don't. In the West, its Capitalism that rules, not democracy.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-11-09 23:02

    "Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly found, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living."

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