Andrew Yang announced the kickoff of Forward, a third party formed from a coalition of left-leaning movements, right-leaning movements and everything in between, CNN reports.
Yang, a former Democratic presidential candidate, stated the party’s goal of combating political polarization and serving as a centrist solution to the U.S.’s two-party political system in a press release published Wednesday. According to Yang, Forward is already the U.S.’s biggest third party.
“What is the main objection you hear to third parties? ‘They can’t compete,’” Yang said in the press release. “Well, we are demonstrating that we can generate the resources necessary to elevate and elect candidates around the country with the support of tens of thousands of Americans and millions of dollars of grassroots funding.”
According to Axios, Forward comprises three movements across the political spectrum, including the Renew America Movement, Serve American Movement, and Yang’s own Forward Party which was created in 2020. Yang is set to co-chair Forward alongside Christine Todd Whitman, co-founder of Renew America and former Republican New Jersey governor.
“When you ask about the policy goals, the fact is the majority of Americans actually agree on really even divisive issues,” Yang said, according to CNN. “The most divisive issues of the day like abortion or firearms — there’s actually a commonsense coalition position on these issues and just about every other issue under the sun.”
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Yang, alongside Whitman and David Jolly, a former Republican Florida Congressmember and Serve America chairman, announced Forward’s next steps.
“We are planning liftoff at a national convention next summer and will soon seek state-by-state ballot access to run candidates in 2024 and beyond,” Forward said, according to the Post. “We are actively recruiting former U.S. representatives, governors, entrepreneurs, top political operatives and community leaders to make it happen.”
According to CBS, Forward also plans to endorse candidates for the 2022 midterms. The party will also seek legal recognition and party registration in all 50 states by 2024.
“Together, we are not left, not right, but Forward,” Yang said via press release.
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