LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) -- The Peace and Freedom Party held its nominating convention in Los Angeles on Saturday, and comedian Roseanne Barr received a majority of delegates, making her the party's presidential candidate.
Delegates gathered at a church in South Los Angeles to hear the candidates express why they should be the party's nomination.
Three other presidential hopefuls were also vying for the nomination.
Barr's running mate is Cindy Sheehan, who is well known for her anti-war demonstrations outside President George W. Bushs Texas ranch after her son, Army Spec. Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq.
Said Barr: "Cindy and I are the Throw the Bums Out ticket and the Ballot Access ticket. The American people are sick and tired of this lesser evil garbage they get fed every election year. Both the Democrats and the Republicans do the same evils once theyre in office. Im here to tell the voters: if you want to tell the government and the two domineering parties that youre sick and tired of all their evil, register in the Peace and Freedom Party and vote for me and Cindy."
Roseanne Barr had previously sought the Green Party nomination, but when the Green Party nominated environmentalist Jill Stein for president at its national convention in July, Barr threw her name into the race for the Peace and Freedom Party's nominee.
The Peace and Freedom Party doesn't have a national presence, so the nominee from California is unlikely to appear on many November ballots elsewhere.
The Barr/Sheehan run is designed to keep alternative political parties on the ballot and give voters a choice. After the passage of the "Top Two primary" in 2010, alternative political parties lost one of their ways of staying on the ballot. The Peace and Freedom Party needs approximately 40,000 more registrants to maintain its ballot status beyond 2014.
Cat Woods, an officer of the Peace & Freedom Party, also emphasized ballot access, noting the party hoped to "draw attention to the ongoing erosion of alternative parties access to the ballot and how this directly deprives voters of control of their government. "We need to reach a wider audience with its message of socialist solutions. Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan can bring that."
According to the party's website, it was founded in 1967 and advocates free education, abortion on demand and "is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism and racial equality."
Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who has been working closely with Barr on this campaign, commented, "Access to the
ballot is a civil rights issue that needs attention across the country. If voters only have two choices, both of which represent the same interests, then
we dont really have a democracy. When I was in Congress, I promoted proportional representation. This is the only way to make our democracy
representative of the people, rather than the corporate donors."
Cat Woods, an officer of the Peace & Freedom Party, echoed Barr on the partys emphasis on ballot access, noting the party hoped to "draw attention
to the ongoing erosion of alternative parties access to the ballot and how this directly deprives voters of control of their government. We need to reach a
wider audience with its message of socialist solutions. Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan can bring that."
Roseanne Barr is in the Race to the White House
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