3rd party candidates - 1860: Lincoln elected; 1992 last heard: Ross Perot; 2008: Bob Barr & Ralph Nader excluded
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected as a 3rd party US presidential candidate.
When Abraham Lincoln ran for office, the two major parties were the Whigs and the Democrats. As a Republican, Lincoln was elected as a third party candidate - even after being left off the ballot in the 11 states that seceded from the Union.
In 1992, for the last time a 3rd party candidate, Ross Perot, was heard in presidential debates.
In 2008, 3rd party’s voices of Bob Barr & Ralph Nader were excluded from debates though
- 55% of likely voters, both Democrat and Republican, said that they would want to see Bob Barr featured in the debates alongside Obama and McCain.
- 59% of independent voters stated that they want to see the debate commission allow Nader into the debates.
- A very important fact is that younger voters were more likely to favor the inclusion of the two independent candidates into the debates, demonstrating a sort of changing of the guard as younger voters are not as content with the status quo two candidate system.
- Dr. Ron Paul said the majority of Americans were unhappy with the choice on offer from the mainstream parties and urged the third-party candidates to bring their supporters together to vote against the "establishment candidates". Mr Nader, Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, a former Democratic congresswoman for Georgia, and Constitution Party hopeful Chuck Baldwin were among those to attend the news conference.
- Independent US presidential candidate Nader & running mate Gonzalez banned from debates, on ballot in 45 states
- Obama, After Clinching Democratic Nomination, Must Heal Rift, Unite Party, Reconcile With Hillary, to Face off Against McCain
- April 4 - President Abraham Lincoln's prophetic dream about assassination that happened 10 days later
- Ron Paul's Convention to Rival GOP 2008 - "Return to Our Roots"
- Former Presidential Candidate McGovern Urges Obama, Hillary To Unite