Jokes Aside, Roseanne Barr for President

Feb 3, 2012 10:56am
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Roseanne Barr is not kidding around. The comedian and star of the hit TV series “Roseanne” has jumped into the presidential race.

Barr filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Jan. 27. She will be running for the nomination of the Green Party.

“We are very happy that Roseanne has put her hat into the ring and we welcome her to the competition for the Green Party’s nomination,” party national media coordinator Scott McLarty said.

Barr, 59, is one of two candidates seeking the Green Party nomination. Jill Stein, a Massachusetts physician, is the other candidate. The party will go through a similar nominating process as Republicans and Democrats.

A series of primaries and statewide meetings will be held across the country, and the party will crown a nominee at the national convention in Baltimore, scheduled for July 12-15.

The party will not endorse a candidate ahead of the convention. But when asked whether the party is excited about such a high profile candidate, McLarty responded with an enthusiastic “of course.”

“We hope that we get a lot of attention,” he said. “We are a political party that is competing for public office.”

Barr declared her intentions to run for president months ago, when appearing on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in August.

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