Doctor for President

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Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein is banking on the American people believing she has the right prescription to cure the ills of the nation in her long shot bid for the White House.

But who is Stein?

This is her second run for the Oval Office after an unsuccessful bid in 2012. She also ran unsuccessfully against Mitt Romney for Governor of Massachusetts over a decade ago. 

As was noted when she ran in 2012, Stein, an internist from Lexington, Massachusetts, acknowledges that her candidacy is a super long shot. Still, she notes that a growing number of people are expressing frustration with the two major political parties and she cites the Occupy Wall Street movement as an example of that.

This election cycle, however, with the growing frustration with the two-party system and the Washington Establishment, with the loss by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic nomination, Stein is hoping to tap into all those who felt the Bern. She was actively recruiting Sanders’ supporters at the Democratic National Convention.

Four years ago, Stein said in an interview, “People are not wedded to these parties, and they are as unhappy with the money-dominated political process as they are unhappy with the products of that process.

This election that seems to be more true than then.

Again from that 2012 interview:

It is yet another sign that we are in a different historical moment right now — that people are taking the stakes here very seriously and understanding that it is we, ourselves, who are going to get us out of this mess, we, the American people,” Stein said. “The corporate-sponsored political parties — the establishment — isn’t going to change the status quo for us. We’ve got to do it.

You can read more about Stein and the Green Party by going to: http://www.jill2016.com/

Many may remember that the Green Party candidate in 2000 was Ralph Nader, whom many Democrats blamed for Al Gore’s loss to George W. Bush.

From the Cornfield, yes, Stein faces what would be an unobtainable goal in any other election cycle. But, this is not a normal cycle. Anything is possible.

Gary Who?

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Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, may be the presidential candidate that few people can name or recognize.

For the second presidential election cycle, Johnson is the nominee of the Libertarian Party.

Johnson, with very liberal views on a number issues is hoping his “live or die” type perspectives will appeal to voters in November.

But exactly who is this man and why is he barely registering a blip of 9% in the national polls?

Can anyone consider him a real candidate or just a sideshow?

Johnson served as New Mexico’s 29th governor from 1995 to 2003, a two-term run.

He competes in triathalons and has low-tax libertarian views.

In business he founded one of New Mexico’s largest construction companies, giving him bona fides on business issues.

Johnson is also out spoken on legalization of marijuana and being “truthful” to children about the drug. This puts him at odds with many conservative voters.

During his tenure as governor, Johnson did cut the state’s budget by using the veto stamp over and over. This practice earned him the nickname of “Governor Veto“. In fact he set a state and national record for use of the veto far outdistancing the governors in the other 49 states.

To his credit when he left office, Johnson left the state with a large surplus. He also was credited with no tax increases in six years, a major road building program, shifting the state-run Medicaid program to managed care.

But is any of this enough to get face-time with voters, let alone general election consideration?

Johnson and running mate, former Republican Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, have appeared in two town halls televised and hosted on CNN already this election cycle.

Johnson did manage to tie for third back during the 2012 presidential race in a CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) straw poll.

Johnson, with his libertarian views, is contending for voters that were attracted to Rand Paul, the Kentucky Senator who tried unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination.

Can Johnson somehow pull off a coup and snare some of those Paul supporters?

Johnson also has a certain appeal to young people, such as those who “felt the Bern” during Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination.

Can Johnson sign on some of those supporters and keep them from drifting toward Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein?

There are those disenchanted Republicans and independents not satisfied with a choice of Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket.

Can Johnson peel away those #NeverTrump voters who will also never vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton?

The struggle for Johnson now is to get on stage in the presidential debates with Trump and Clinton. He has to poll at 15% in order to meet the criteria to debate.

Will Johnson do it?

Learn more about the Johnson-Weld campaign: https://www.johnsonweld.com/

From the Cornfield, Johnson may not be able to earn the Electoral College votes to make it to the White House, but there is a possibility he could garner enough support to throw the election into the US House of Representatives.

Read: No Electoral Majority – Then What?

Cornfield Standings – 93 Days Out

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As of today there are 93 days until the November 8th General Election. This election may be one of the most crucial in decades.

Not only do we have a host of local and state elections occurring, but the both the US House of Representatives and US Senate face either retaining Republican control or either or both turning over to the Democrats.

Then there is the change in guard in the nation’s two highest offices – the President and the Vice President. Who wins the election for the Oval Office will also impact the direction of the US Supreme court for generations.

Each Saturday between now and Election Day, I will show where the top state and national candidates rate as far as getting my vote.

From the President to Governor to Senator and Representative, you can see how I am leaning from week to week.

President:

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson – 3 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Donald Trump 1 1/2 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton 1/2 Ear of Corn
  • Green Party Jill Stein 0 Ears of Corn

US Senator:

  • Democrat Evan Bayh – 3 1/2 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Todd Young – 1/2 Ear of Corn

8th District Congressional Representative:

  • Republican Dr. Larry Buschon – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Ron Drake – 0 Ears of Corn

Indiana Governor:

  • Democrat John Gregg – 3 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Eric Holcomb – 2 Ears of Corn

This does not mean between now and November my mind can’t be changed. This is just how I am leaning at this point in time.

From the Cornfield, that’s how I view the races.

How are you leaning in your state and national elections?