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Third Party Politics

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Considering the fact that most democratic nations have multiple competitive political parties, why does the United States only have two? The recent polarization of the Democrats and Republicans has disenfranchised many people who call themselves moderates and, as a result, distanced them from the whole of politics. In a recent poll done by the Economist, 59 percent of participants said that America needs a third party. We'll discuss the reasons why we have a two-party system, a new nominating process called Americans Elect, and the possibilities of a truly competitive third party. 

Guests

Dr. Joseph M. Ellis - Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wingate University

Dr. Martha Kropf - Associate Professor of Political Science at UNC Charlotte

Lincoln Davidson - Student and Campus leader for Americans Elect at Davidson College Americans Elect