Roseanne Barr -- yes, comedian and actor Roseanne Barr -- is running for President.What do you think of when you think of Roseanne Barr? Her semi-autobiographical TV show, "Roseanne," with its afghan-covered couch? Her reality TV show, "Roseanne's Nuts"? Her cringe-worthy 1990 performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner"?
How about President of the United States of America?
It's no joke: The comedian and actress registered with the Federal Election Commission in late January, The Washington Post reports, and formally announced her candidacy as a Green Party candidate late last week, via Twitter.
"I am running for Green Party nominee for POTUS," she Tweeted to more than 101,000 followers. "I am an official candidate. I am4 the Greening of America&the world. Green=peace/justice."
We have to admit, her campaign slogan -- "vote for me, I'll fix this s---" -- is kind of catchy and to the point. But Roseanne Barr? Green? How? And why?
"Both the Democratic and Republican parties are bought and paid for by corporate America and cater to the needs of the highest bidder as opposed to the people they claim to represent," she said in a statement. "I cannot be bought. I have been a tireless advocate of Occupy Wall Street since Day 1 when I delivered my campaign speech in Liberty Plaza on September 17th, 2011."
She vowed (yes, on Twitter) to institute free healthcare, forgive all credit card, student loan, and mortgage debt by eliminating the Federal Reserve, establish a small-business safety net, end foreclosure by offering interest-free loans, repair the country's infrastructure and "get ready for the future."
"My hope is that the Green Party will replace the sold out co opted blue dog democratic party within my lifetime& bring democracy to the USA," she Tweeted.
"what I really want: both parties be more responsive and compassionate to the American People's needs. I'm running to make that point," she wrote in another Tweet.
It's not the first time she's talked about running for president. In May 2010, she released a rambling video of her speaking to a largely nonexistent crowd in Washington, D.C., in which she declared "patriarchal politics obsolete" and vowed to "fix everything that is wrong with the world myself."
This time, she's up against three other Green Party contenders: Frontrunner Dr. Jill Stein, who has been a Green Party organizer since 2000 and ran for governor of Massachusetts on a Green Party-Rainbow ticket in 2002 and 2010, Dr. Kent Mesplay, an California air-quality inspector who was born in Papua New Guinea and sought the Green Party nomination twice before, and Harley Mikkelson, an Army veteran who used to work for the Michigan departments of Community Health, Education, and Human Services.
"i do want to be president or i wouldnt be running," she wrote in another tweet. "but I am being realistic-even if I don't win, I will make a mark." Would you vote for her?
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