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No Labels fields no candidate



When we head to the polls in November, we’ll see the same two choices on the ballot as we saw four years ago. So much for another option. A centrist, bipartisan group has been working for years to present another option to voters. The group “No Labels” was hoping to field a candidate to offer voters more choices than just Biden or Trump. A new poll finds there is an appetite for that, with 62% saying they wanted other choices for President. But No Labels will not be fielding a candidate in this election cycle. After flirting with names like Chris Christie and Joe Manchin, ultimately no one wanted to carry the torch. That is too bad for voters. We need more choices, particularly more moderate ones. Most of the country can be considered moderates, but are choices are only among the extremes. Our two-party system is apparently so powerful and entrenched that there just isn’t room for a third party. Sure you can vote for the likes of Robert Kennedy Jr., or a Jill Stein, but they have no hope of winning. It was an ambitious goal for No Labels to enter the 2024 race, perhaps too ambitious. Let’s hope they don’t fold their tent, and can come back stronger four years from now.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. LG

    April 13, 2024 at 10:55 pm

    No, Mr. Shaw. Wrong again. In November, you will see more than the same old two names. You will see a Libertarian. You will see Independent Robert F Kennedy. You will likely see Jill Stein.

    BTW, the Libertarian party is the third largest political party in the country, has existed since 1971, runs candidates at all levels of government across the 50 states, and frequently has a presidential candidate on the ballot in all 50 states. Why do you continue to ignore that fact? Ignoring the third largest political party is to collude with the national media and the two major parties to keep Libertarians in obscurity, and ensures the same old two parties on the ballot, which you oppose, at least in this comment. That’s contradictory.

  2. Walden

    April 15, 2024 at 1:48 am

    More partisan drivel from WIZM. There are other candidates on the ballot; Kennedy is a Democrat first and foremost. The Democratic party has spent millions to derail his campaign and put Kennedy’s life in danger by refusing secret service protection.

    Meanwhile, Biden moves the U.S. toward war in multiple fronts that the U.S. is incapable of fighting, destroys the economy, leaves the borders open to invasion.

  3. LG

    April 15, 2024 at 2:32 pm

    BTW, winning would be great, but that misses the point. Your comment suggests that if a candidate cannot win, there’s no point in voting for said candidate. You could not be more wrong. Voting is not like trying to win the lottery. Voting is meant to have influence. Libertarians and independents have changed the outcome of elections and when that happens, the major parties pay attention. Voting for the same two parties means, please, keep doing what you are doing. A vote for a third-party candidate says enough is enough. Stop runaway spending, endless wars, high taxes, corporate welfare, student debt transfers, high inflation, just to name a few.

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