History of the Reform Party of the United States of America
- Founded by Ross Perot after he ran as an independent candidate in the 1992 presidential election, in which he garnered 19% of the popular vote, or about 19.7 million votes.
- In 1996, the Reform Party was on the ballot in all 50 states. Ross Perot again ran for president and received about 8.5% of the popular vote.
- In 1998, Jesse Ventura, a former professional wrestler, was elected Governor of Minnesota as a Reform Party candidate. He left the party in 2000.
- In 2000, Pat Buchanan left the Republican party to become a member of the Reform party. Despite internal conflict, the party’s nomination went to Buchanan, who won .4% of the popular vote.
- Endorsed Raplph Nader in the 2004 Presidential election.
Source: “Reform Party History,” Online NewsHour (accessed Dec. 6, 2007)
“We, the members of the Reform Party USA, commit ourselves to reform our political system. Together we will work to re-establish trust in our government by electing ethical officials, dedicated to fiscal responsibility and political accountability.”
“Mission Statement,” reformparty.org (accessed Dec. 6, 2007)
Among the issues addressed in the Reform Party USA Platform are:
- “BUDGET: Enact only economic policies that require fiscal responsibility and accountability;
- IMMIGRATION: Use of the National Guard or any branch of our armed forces to help secure and patrol our borders;
- CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM: Reform our electoral, lobbying and campaign practices to ensure that our elected officials owe their allegiance to the people whom they are elected to serve;
- HEALTH CARE: The Reform Party supports a reform of the health care system that returns control to its citizens. We must return the individual’s right to control their own medical and health decisions;
- MILITARY AND VETERANS: The Reform Party aspires to policies that would support our veterans so that they can serve and live with dignity without the aid of public assistance.”
“Reform Party Platform, reformparty.oprg (accessed Dec. 6, 2007)