Not just McCain & Obama, 255 others running for President
Entire world knows about Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama's candidature for the US Elections, but do you know there are another 255 candidate running for White House. Apart from these main candidates several other political parties are trying their luck. The Libertarian Party has nominated former Congreeman Bob Barr, the Constitution Party has nominated pastor and radio talk show host Chuck Baldwin, and the Green Party has nominated former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Ralph Nader declined to seek the Green Party nomination and is running as an independent candidate.
There are candidates like self-proclaimed vampire Jonathon Sharkey, the founder of the Vampires, Witches and Pagans Party. He was arrested on September 28 in Tennessee and is under investigation for making threats against the president, but is still on the ballot in some states. There is also candidate advocating prohibition. Gene Amondson of the Prohibition Party. With the country flirting with financial ruin, he is running on a platform that would outlaw alcohol.
All the news may be about Barack Obama and John McCain, but there are 255 other candidates running for president of the United States in Tuesday's election.
The official Federal Election Commission list includes representatives of the usual minor parties, such as the Socialist Party, the Libertarian Party, the Green Party and the Reform Party, but it does not stop there.
On the ballot in Colorado is the United States Pacifist Party candidate, Bradford Lyttle, running on a platform to withdraw all troops from Iraq, reduce defence spending to zero and prepare for nonviolent resistance against a possible invasion.
Another candidate worried about a possible invasion is John Taylor Bowles of the National Socialist Movement. He promises free healthcare, full employment, and the "humanitarian relocation of all non-whites."
Campaign literature shows him sitting in a Storm Trooper outfit with a Nazi swastika on his arm.