(ConservativeSense.com) – Another famous candidate is jumping into the 2024 presidential race, but this time under a third-party ticket rather than as a Democrat or Republican.
Progressive activist, scholar, and author Cornel West made an announcement on Monday that he will be launching his bid for the White House, stating that his goal is to empower voters who feel that they have been “pushed” toward the margins politically.
West, who is now 70 years old, posted a video on Twitter announcing his intention to run under the People’s Party. The People’s Party, which is politically left-wing, was formed by Nick Brana in 2017.
Both major candidates of both the Democratic and Republican parties, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, were criticized by West.
In his statement announcing his candidacy under the People’s Party, West said he is entering the race “in the quest for truth” and “for justice,” stating that the presidency is only “one vehicle to pursue” these goals, which he says he’s been trying to do all of his life.
There are serious obstacles third-party candidates face during elections, such as getting their names on each state’s ballot, as well as making it to the debate stage.
West’s focus as an academic and activist focuses on the roles that race, gender, and class play in American society. He’s a former professor at Princeton and Harvard universities and has written numerous books, the most well-known of which is Race Matters, published in 1993.
Although on the political left, West is known for criticizing the Democratic Party as much as the Republicans, and once called former President Barack Obama a “war criminal.” In the 2016 and 2020 elections, West supported and campaigned for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
According to his website, some of the issues West will campaign on are ending wars, disbanding NATO, expanding Social Security benefits, clean energy expansion, and forgiving student loan debt.
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