December 6 , 2017 - Former Illinois Republican Congressman John Anderson who waged a highly publicized run for the White House in 1980 has died at 95. First elected to Congress in 1960 , Anderson began his presidential bid by entering the 1980 Republican presidential primaries. He would go on to finish second in the Vermont and Massachusetts GOP contests. In April 1980 , Anderson dropped out of the Republican primaries and began his third party quest for the Oval Office.
For a running mate in the general election against Republican Ronald Reagan and Democrat Jimmy Carter , Anderson selected Patrick Lucey who had served as the Democratic Governor of Wisconsin from 1971 - 1977. On September 21 ,1980 in Baltimore , Maryland, Anderson debated Reagan on national TV though Carter had refused to participate in the debate.
On election day in November , 1980 , Anderson would receive 7% of the vote which was the best showing by a third party presidential candidate since George Wallace in 1968.
November 26, 2017 - Former President George H.W. Bush today became the longest living president at 93 years and 166 days. The previous longest living president had been Gerald Ford who lived 93 years and 165 days. Bush has had a long career in public service as a Congressman from Texas , CIA Director , Vice President under Ronald Reagan and in 1988 being elected the 41st President of the United States.
Not far being Bush and Ford is former President Jimmy Carter who currently is 93 years old and 155 days.
October 20, 2017 - Even though the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary is more than two years away the time has arrived to measures the potential strength and weakness of White House hopefuls.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont , the winner of the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary , finds himself in the lead at 31%.
In second place is former Vice President Joe Biden who comes in a close second to Sanders at 24%. Biden has previously run for president in 1988 and 2008.
From the neighboring state of Massachusetts in third place is Senator Elizabeth Warren with 13%. Before Warren mounts any potential White House bid she will first run for re-election to the Senate from the Bay State in 2018.
In fourth place is Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey at 6%. At 3% percent is former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley followed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at 2%. Also at 2% is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The following candidates who each received 1% in the poll were Senator Kamala Harris of California , Congress Tim Ryan of Ohio , Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Senator Kristen Gillibrand of New York.
October 16 , 2017 - The first wave of 2020 presidential campaign buttons have arrived at campaignbuttons-etc.com. While President Donald Trump has already indicated he will run for re-election in 2020 lets take a look at who might be the potential Democratic Party presidential challengers to appear next on a campaign button.
First up would have to be Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. While Sanders came in second behind Hillary Clinton in 2016 for the race for the Democratic nomination he still tops most lists of potential 2020 Democrats. While not yet indicating if he will run in 2020 , Sanders continues to appear around the country and recently touted his Medicare for All plan.
Senator Kamala Harris of California first elected to the U.S Senate in 2016 , often appears in the top 10 of potential Democratic party presidential hopefuls. Before being elected to the Senate , Harris served as the Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017.
From New York comes Governor Andrew Cuomo. First elected governor of the Empire State in 2010 , Cuomo will be seeking a third term as New York Governor in 2018. Prior to becoming Governor , Cuomo was elected New York State Attorney General in 2006.
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey , known for his savvy use of social media , is also considered a potential 2020 White House candidate. Hillary Clinton considered Booker for her vice presidential running mate in 2016 before eventually settling on Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia. Prior to his being elected to the Senate , Booker served as the Mayor of Newark , New Jersey from 2006 to 2013.
Another top 5 contender for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination is Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Though Warren has said that she is not running for president and is instead focusing on winning reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2018, if she were to run she would fine a lot of support from the progressive wing of the party.
Though probably to young at age 37, Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts is sometimes mentioned as a possible future presidential candidate. While 2020 may be too soon for him, Kennedy is sure to pop up on the short list of possible vice presidential running mates for any 2020 Democratic Party presidential nominee.
Dick Gregory , Comedian , Civil Rights Activists and 1968 Write In Candidate for President , Dead at 84.
August 20, 2017 - Dick Gregory , who rose to to fame in the 1960's as a comedian , civil rights activists and in 1968 was a third party write in presidential candidate has died at 84.
Though Gregory was unsuccessful in his 1968 White House bid , he did received 40,097 votes. He ran as the nominee of the Freedom and Peace Party which had splinted off from the Peace and Freedom Party. Though he was a write in candidate, Gregory used different vice presidential running mates in various states.
For some states he used author Mark Lane , David Frost for others and in Pennsylvania and Virginia Dr. Benjamin Spock.
Also in 1968 , Gregory released his book Write Me In, which outlined his campaign platform.