Independents: Wave Goodbye to the Two-Party State

New Jersey's interviews Chris Daggett, independent candidate for governor in the Garden State. Asked about the difficulty of running an independent campaign in a two-party state, Daggett replied:
"I along with many people in New Jersey have become very disillusioned and disappointed by the inability and unwillingness of either party to step up and face the problems facing us," Daggett said. "I and others believe very strongly the only way we're going to solve the problem is with an independent governor because the problems we face today can be traced back through Democratic and Republican administrations."

A third-party approach also could help on the national stage, Daggett said. Daggett said President Barrack Obama's policies would have clear sailing if not for the president's Democratic affiliation. "We're about to see an independent wave come across the country. You're seeing more and more people fed up with both parties. [Emphasis added.] You see it best expressed with Barack Obama. He ran a masterful campaign with a message of bringing people together, but what happened when he got to Washington? Within three weeks, they were at each other's throats, Democrats and Republicans pounding away at each other, unable to agree on the most simple of things. If it was a Democrat idea, the Republicans were against it, and vice versa. Barack Obama would have been a better president if he was an independent," Daggett said.

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