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Group Seeks Cross-Party Ticket for 2008 Elections

A new political party called the Unity Party launched this week with the intention of creating a 2008 cross-party presidential and vice presidential ticket combining a Republican and Democrat.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF, NewsHour Special Correspondent:

    This week, several political veterans are launching a movement to change the look and tone of the 2008 presidential race.

    Called Unity08, the group says it plans to draft an alternative presidential ticket headed by either a Democrat, a Republican or an independent. It would be chosen online in early 2008.

    They call it a response to the increasing polarization between the two major parties. A recent poll by Princeton Survey Research, commissioned for Unity08, found that 82 percent of Americans think the parties can't address the nation's problems because they're so far apart on the issues, and 73 percent favor more choices in 2008, not just Republican and Democratic candidates.

    But third-party bids for the White House have almost never succeeded. The Green Party's Ralph Nader tried three times; independent Ross Perot fell short twice; John Anderson's independent candidacy was unsuccessful in 1980, as was George Wallace in 1968.

    Well, what makes Unity08 different? We ask two of its founders: Hamilton Jordan was White House chief of staff for President Jimmy Carter; and Doug Bailey, a former Republican Party strategist and founder of the political newsletter The Hotline.

    Gentlemen, good to see you both.

    HAMILTON JORDAN, Former White House Chief of Staff: Hi, Judy.

  • DOUG BAILEY, Former Republican Party Strategist:

    Nice to see you, Judy.