As far as third-party runs go, this one could actually have an impact on McCain. Unlike Democratic voters, many conservatives are none too pleased with McCain and some of his more moderate stances. Now, whether that translates to a vote for Alan Keyes come November is anyone’s guess.
Here’s the story on it from USAToday:
HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) â€” Former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes announced Tuesday night that he has left the GOP and is considering joining the Constitution Party.
Keyes, who also ran as a Republican to challenge Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate bid in Illinois in 2004, says he is talking with leaders and rank-and-file members of the Constitution Party.
“They’re considering me, I’m considering them,” Keyes said in a conference call late Tuesday night. “We have so much in common that I find it hard to believe we won’t be able to work out a common basis for working together.”
Keyes singled out the nation’s present “border issue” as a reason he is leaving the GOP, saying it is a “threat to the sovereignty to the American people.”
“There are clear signs that our leaders no longer have an allegiance to the sovereign people of the United States,” Keyes said.
“I kind of expected that on the Democrat side. …. And the Republicans are presumed to nominate somebody who is anti-Republican. It puts a lie to the label and puts me in a position where I must question my ability any longer to participate in a party that has departed from its own identity. ”
The Constitution Party says its mission is to limit the federal government to functions spelled out in the U.S. Constitution and “restore American jurisprudence to its original Biblical common-law foundations.”
Conservative he is, but popular with voters, can’t say he’s even been. Still, the more the merrier as we now have Nader and possibly Keyes in as third-parties to suck votes from the major parties. In this case, perhaps Keyes will balance any voters Nader steals from the Democratic nominee.