Who the Hell Were Those Other Dudes on the 2012 Presidential Ballot?
If, like us, you're not super into politics, then there's a good chance that you didn't know who the other candidates running for President were. So we decided to give you a quick introduction to the three other candidates you've never heard of, but saw on Michigan's 2012 Presidential ballot.
After a visit to Mr. Goode's website we learned that he is REALLY right wing. Just check out the chart that compares him to Obama and Romney. According to that he's incredibly well liked by gun owners, wants to cut off foreign aid and is not cool at all with illegal immigrants. Virgil Goode Jr. and running mate James M. Clymer only received 4,057 votes, which pretty much sucks. Just to give you an idea of how low that is, the option "None of These Candidates" had 5,753 votes. So technically, he got beat by nobody.
The biggest hurdle Dr. Stein faced (other than not running under one of the two major parties, obviously) in her campaign is the fact that she had Cheri Honkala as her running mate. A female President will probably happen in our lifetime, but don't expect America to order a double shot of estrogen right out of the gate. Her policy ideas actually sound pretty good -- clean energy, free college, free health care, higher minimum wage -- until you think about who would pay for all of that. The Stein/Honkala ticket fared much better than Virgil Goode Jr., garnering 396,684 votes.
Rocky Anderson and Luis Rodriguez didn't do so well, only collecting 34,521 votes (just behind the 49,562 votes earned by Roseanne Barr). He's all for climate protection, gay rights and is so against the war on drugs, he helped kill the DARE program back in the day. He also supports an immediate end to all on going wars and is firmly opposed to Citizens United and the "corrosive impact of money in our electoral system." Ironically, he could have done better if he had more of that money.