REFORM PARTY: John Anderson to Appear on California’s Primary Ballot
John Anderson, who won 7% of the popular vote in the 1980 presidential election as an Independent, will appear on California's March 7 primary ballot as a presidential candidate for the Reform Party, the AP/Contra Costa Times reports. However, Anderson has not filed a statement of candidacy or set up a federal campaign committee. During a visit to Salt Lake City Monday, Anderson said he "was not actively seeking the nomination, but he would not rule out a presidential bid should a movement to draft him materialize." But, the 77-year-old Anderson added, "My preference would be that the torch pass to younger hands." Anderson represented Illinois in Congress as a Republican for 10 years, but now acts as the president of the World Federalist Association, which "seeks to form a democratic federation of countries that would govern the world according to ideals like those governing the United States' relationship between the states and the federal government." Reform Party National Rules Chair Phil Madsen said Anderson is one of five men that Minnesota Governor and Reform Party leader Jesse Ventura has invited to seek the party's nomination. The others are retired Gen. Colin Powell, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), real estate tycoon Donald Trump, and former Connecticut Gov. Lowell Weicker (AP/Contra Costa Times, 1/5).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.