Following ross perot s impressive showing during the 1996 presidential election the reform party of the united states of america became the country s largest third party. The reform party s presidential candidate for the 2000 election was due federal matching funds of 12 5 million based on perot s 8 percent showing in 1996.
The party s 2000 presidential candidate would be entitled to 12 5 million in matching funds.
Reform party donald trump 2000. Several high profile candidates vied for the nomination including donald trump pat buchanan and physicist john hagelin. When president donald trump briefly ran for president as a reform party candidate in 2000 the baseless conspiracies he d later spew regarding mail in voting didn t seem to be in his vocabulary. Trump was progressive on social issues and supported allowing openly gay soldiers in the.
When donald trump bailed on the reform party in 2000 a man who sounds a lot like him assumed the mantle and effectively killed the nascent party in the crib. Observer article about donald trump from january 2000 photograph. Donald trump s presidential campaign of 2000 for the nomination of the reform party began when real estate magnate donald trump of new york announced the creation of a presidential exploratory committee on the october 7 1999 edition of larry king live although trump had never held elected office he was well known for his frequent comments on public affairs and business exploits as head of.
Louis a reporter for the post dispatch newspaper dutifully noted the big private jet with trump emblazoned on it and informed her readers that. Early on there was a failed effort to draft ron paul. The reform party was my chosen vehicle because its nomination process does not involve a long string of early primaries but instead culminates in one national primary conducted by mail and e mail in.
Donald trump entered the race briefly giving television interviews outlining his platform. When trump arrived for the results 2000 event in st. Observer in 2000 trump s exploratory campaign consisted only of media appearances and meet and greets with reform party members.
In 2000 trump briefly campaigned against conservative pundit pat buchanan to get on the ticket for the reform party a third party alternative to the republicans and democrats which had managed. President donald trump in a 2000 new york times op ed cited the benefits of voting by mail and email as the principal reason why he had briefly run for president as a reform party candidate. Donald trump s 1999 run for the reform party nomination was a dress rehearsal for 2015.