Category Archive: Interviews

Interview with Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga (1981)

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  Edward P.G. Seaga became Prime Minister of Jamaica on October 30, 1980, after winning a landslide victory over the pro-Castro incumbent Michael J. Manley. Eight years of socialist rule had devastated Jamaica and Seaga was faced with the treasury that was literally empty. In fact, the Bank of Jamaica announced the day before the …

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Interview with James Hedges, Prohibition Party nominee for President

  The Prohibition Party was founded in 1869 and is the third oldest party behind the Republicans and Democrats. They have fielded presidential candidates in every election every cycle since 1872. The Prohibition Party had its heyday during the years 1882-1916, when candidates were elected to Congress, state legislatures, and changed the outcome of the …

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Interview with Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party Nominee for President

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Michigan resident Jerry White is the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) candidate for President. He was the SEP’s first presidential candidate in 1996, and headed their national ticket in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The SEP holds that, “The Democratic Party, committed to militarism and austerity, is no less the political instrument of Wall Street and …

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Interview with Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, Socialist Party USA presidential nominee

One in a series of interviews with third party and independent presidential candidates Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, a graduate of Troy University, was co-chair of the Socialist Party USA from 2013-2015 and served as chair of the Socialist Party of California. In 2014, he ran for California’s 62nd State Assembly district and earned 2.5 percent of …

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Interview with “Rocky” De La Fuente, Independent and Third Party Candidate for President

Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente began his successful business career in California’s automobile industry and has branched out into the national markets of banking and real estate. In 1982, at the age of 28, he was elected Chairman of the National (automotive) Dealer Council. His involvement in politics includes being elected by the California Democratic …

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Interview with Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation Nominee for President

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Gloria Estela La Riva, a labor, community, and anti-war activist based in San Francisco, is running for president under the Party for Socialism and Liberation. She first ran as a third-party candidate for President in 1992 as the Workers World Party nominee, and was that party’s vice-presidential candidate in the elections of 1984, 1988, 1996, …

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Interview with American Party of South Carolina Presidential Nominee, Dr. Peter Alan Skewes

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Peter Alan Skewes received his a Ph.D. in Animal Physiology from Virginia Tech and has been a faculty member at Clemson University 31 years. He serves on the editorial board of the scholarly journal Poultry Science. The American Party of South Carolina nominated Skewes for President in May. In 2014, its first year of operation, …

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Interview with American Solidarity Party Presidential Nominee Michael Maturen

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  On July 8, Michael Maturen of Michigan was nominated as the American Solidarity Party (ASP) candidate for President.  The ASP defines itself as a “Christian Democratic Party” which promotes, “the common good and the material and spiritual welfare of all people.” Although Maturen graduated from the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology and was ordained …

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Interview with Leah Durant of Progressives for Immigration Reform

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NOTE: Leah Durant, Executive Director of Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), a new Washington, DC-based educational organization, to get her take on the immigration issue from a traditional liberal point of view. PFIR focuses on the effects of immigration on the carrying capacity of the U.S. population, the nation’s ecology and energy resources, and the working …

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Interview with Tom Hoefling, America’s Party Presidential Nominee

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Tom Hoefling of Iowa is the presidential nominee of America’s Party, and was its standard bearer in 2012. Hoefling ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a seat in the Iowa House in 1998, and was a GOP candidate for Governor in the 2014 Iowa Republican primary where he received 26,300 votes, about 17 percent, against …

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