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article imageRoseanne Barr seeks Green Party nomination for 2012 U.S. election

By Leigh Goessl     Feb 3, 2012 in Politics
Roseanne Barr has said she's seeking the nomination to become the Green Party's candidate in the 2012 U.S. presidential election.
This is not the first time the actress has declared an intention to run for President. Last summer Barr first announced her intentions with Jay Leno on episode of The Tonight Show last August.
And it looks like now she's backing up her words with action. The comedian turned actress turned reality TV star has now filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.
Barr filed her statement on Jan. 27, according to ABC News.
“We are very happy that Roseanne has put her hat into the ring and we welcome her to the competition for the Green Party’s nomination,” party national media coordinator Scott McLarty said.
A press release was issued today by the Green Party which welcomed Barr, along with other Green party hopeful Jill Stein, who also filed candidacy paperwork to meet the Feb. 1 deadline.
"We are thrilled to have two strong women running for President as Greens," said Darryl Moch, national co-chair of the Green Party. "We look forward to a race based on Green ideas and values, and to showing the Democrats and Republicans how to run without the corrupting influence of fat corporate campaign checks and corporate-funded attack ads."
Barr released a statement herself. "I am pleased to announce that I am seeking the Green Party's nomination for president of these United States of America," adding, "The Democrats and Republicans have proven that they are servants — bought and paid for by the 1 percent — who are not doing what's in the best interest of the American people. As a long time supporter of the Green Party, I look forward to working with people who share my values. Behold the greening of America!" (courtesy of New York Post)
Barr, 59, has been active on Twitter for months, and today, since the announcement has been made, she's currently heavily engaged in Twitter conversations with potential voters.
When Barr first declared her intentions last summer, many questioned whether or not it was a joke, rather than a serious objective. At the time Barr indicated she was not interested in joining America's duopoly, the Democrats and Republicans, but had said she planned to promote a third party which she's dubbed 'America's Green Tea Party.'
However, it appears she's gone with the established Green Party, with what looks like a serious intention.
Whether or not the Green Party endorses Barr remains to be seen as the party will not decide prior to this summer. An announcement will be made at the Green Party's national convention will be held July 12-15 in Baltimore, Md., at which time the party nominee will be chosen.
Will it be Roseanne? And if it is, does she have a shot? While not impossible, independent candidates are often largely dismissed by the media and voters as a viable option when it comes to placing a vote.
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