Third Dimension: January

The primacy of the two-party system has evolved over time since the founding fathers first laid out in the Constitution their grand scheme for an American electoral system, which — by the way — didn't include any mention of political parties.

Now, despite the dominance of Republicans and Democrats in today's political process, third parties can inject intrigue and excitement into the campaign season, bring to light a number of issues that would otherwise be glossed over and point to an alternative for voters who are disenchanted with the usual offerings. Sometimes, they even win.

In's You Decide 2004 reports, the "Third Dimension" takes a look at the role of minor parties, their candidates, issues, activities and impact on the races.

"Third Dimension" features regularly updated audio and print stories chronicling the direction the minor parties are headed and what they hope to do once they get there.

Check back here for frequent updates about the third, fourth and fifth party candidates and the battles they are pitching in the 2004 election season!

Opposing Points of View
Libertarian Gail Lighfoot says education needs less federal involvement, a position rival and incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., doesn't share

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Ralph Nader Considering White House Run
The former Green party candidate responded to Democrats' complaints about his 2000 campaign, plus questions about a possible 2004 candidacy

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Libertarian Utopia?
Are the libertarians trying to take over New Hampshire? The full story on The Free State Project...

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Underdogs Continue to Fight for Access
Minor political party candidates continue to try to get on the ballots in several states. Ballot Access News chief Richard Winger talks about obstacles for third party candidates

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