Remember the Reform Party?
Inside the Beltway learned Sept. 10 that Reform Party National Chairman Frank MacKay has met “on several occasions” with Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and in the coming weeks will endorse either his candidacy or else that of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.
Mr. MacKay has yet to meet with the latter; however, he stressed that his party is carefully evaluating both candidates. He believes his party’s ultimate endorsement has the potential of driving “millions” of independent voters towards one of the two candidates.
“Since 1996, the Reform Party has stood for economic responsibility, political reform and independence from the special-interest groups,” he told us. “We are at a critical time in our countr y, where Amer ica needs a leader who will bring genuine change to Washington.
“Over the next three weeks, we will evaluate each candidate to decide who can stop out-ofcontrol spending, decrease our deficit, keep American jobs from being sent overseas, and create true energy independence.”
Mr. MacKay says the 8 million votes cast for Ross Perot in 1996 as the Reform Party candidate is a mere starting point. He counts more than 40 million independ- ent voters “tired of partisan politics and eager for change in an election that is very close.”
“Ron Paul’s message of change and the Reform Party’s desire to find a candidate that truly stands for reform will no doubt affect this election by reaching out to the millions of independent and swing voters,” he said.