Segments in this Video

Third Party Candidates in History (02:19)


These challengers tend to reshape and renew the major political parties. Many voters who supported Ross Perot in 1992 were unhappy with Democrats and Republicans. Independent voters are growing in number.

Message and Money Required (02:09)

Experts discuss the possibility of a third party candidate for the presidency in 1996. David Gergen speculates about Ross Perot.

Fighting Radical Republicanism (01:51)

Experts discuss the role of Jesse Jackson as a third party politician. He is not likely to run in 1996 in order to help return power to the Democratic Party.

Entry Cost to Third Party Candidates (03:00)

Experts speculate that a significant number of Republicans would vote for Perot if Buchanan wins the 1996 nomination. Colin Powell does not have enough money to compete with the major parties.

Impact of Third Party Run (02:28)

Experts discuss the potential impact of Jackson, Nader, and Perot on President Bill Clinton's re-election. Perot may have a chance to win if Buchanan gets the Republican nomination.

Rise of Independents (03:17)

Experts disagree about the number of third party voters. The number of strong partisan voters is the highest since 1964. Political behavior is changing for both major parties.

Moderate Majority (02:06)

Experts discuss how extreme Democrats and Republicans create a place for third party candidates.

Ballot Access Rules (03:02)

Experts discuss the possibility of Buchanan bringing independents to the Republican party as a vice president or third party candidate.

Role of Third Parties (00:57)

Experts explain how third parties help shape the major political parties.

Credits: Third Parties in American Politics (00:44)

Credits: Third Parties in American Politics

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America is the only advanced democracy with a two-party system. Advocates says it helps unite a vast, multi-ethnic nation. But third-party candidates have had a major influence on American presidential elections. The coalitions that have held the two parties together in the past are now shifting. More so than in previous presidential elections, the 1996 race may see the emergence of one or more serious presidential candidates who say it’s time for something new. This program features several political experts discussing the potential impact of a third party in 1996. (24 minutes)

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL6178

ISBN: 978-1-4213-9323-0

Copyright date: ©1996

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