Elliot Ackerman

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AmericansElect.org CEO Elliot Ackerman believes that individuals should have the power and tools to draft and directly nominate their own presidential candidate. (6:08)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELCOME BARACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST THINKS AMERICANS SHOULD

BE ABLE TO PICK A PRESIDENT

USING THE INTERNET.

YEAH, LIKE I NEED SOMETHING ELSE

EMBARRASSING IN MY BROWSER

HISTORY.

[LAUGHTER]

PLEASE WELCOME ELLIOT ACKERMAN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANKS FOR COMING ON.

SIT DOWN.

YOU ARE A CHIEF OPERATIONS

OFFICER FOR AMERICANSELECT.ORG.

BEFORE THAT YOU SPENT EIGHT

YEARS IN THE MARINES, MULTIPLE

TOWERS OF DUTY IN IRAQ AND

AFGHANISTAN, PURPLE STAR, BRONZE

STAR, DID YOU GET AN EMMY?

I'M IN THE SAYING THAT STUFF IS

NOT GOOD BUT DID YOU GET AN

EMMY?

TELL ME ABOUT

AMERICANSELECT.ORG.

HOW DO YOU PICK A PRESIDENT OVER

THE INTERNET?

>> WELL, IT'S A SIMPLE VISION IN

THAT THE VISION HERE SON

NOVEMBER 6, 2012 WHEN PEOPLE GO

TO THE POLLS FOR THE FIRST TIME

EVER THERE WILL BE A THIRD

TICKET THAT THEY'VE DIRECTLY

NOMINATED.

>> STEPHEN: A THIRD PARTY?

>> A TICKET.

>> STEPHEN: WHAT IS THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TICKET AND

A PARTY?

>> WE'RE NOT A PARTY.

PARTIES HAVE SPECIAL INTERESTS.

THEY HAVE AGENDAS.

WE'RE A SECOND WAY TO PICK A

PRESIDENT, ONE THAT IS BIGGER

THAN THE PARTIES AND PUTS PEOPLE

AHEAD OF THE PARTIES.

>> STEPHEN: BIGGER THAN THE

PARTIES?

HOW SO?

HOW MUCH CASH DO YOU HAVE?

>> AT AMERICANSELECT.ORG WE'LL

HOLD THE FIRST EVER NONPARTISAN

ONLINE NOMINATING CONVENTION.

ANY REGISTERED VOTER CAN COME TO

-- BE A DELEGATE TO THE

CONVENTION.

AND THE WINNER WILL BE AN THE

BALLOT IN ALL 50 STATES.

>> STEPHEN: WHY WOULD YOU WANT

TO BE NONPARTISAN.

PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THE DEMOCRATS

STAND FOR -- TAX AND SPEND --

[LAUGHTER]

THEY KNOW WHAT REPUBLICANS STAND

FOR WHICH IS AMERICA AND THEN

YOU CAN DECIDE WHICH ONE YOU

WANT TO SUPPORT.

[LAUGHTER]

WHAT -- WHAT DOES AMERICANS

ELECT STAND FOR?

>> GIVING PEOPLE MORE VOICE IN

POLITICS.

AND YOU KNOW --

>> STEPHEN: DOES THAT NOT MEAN

MONEY?

THE SUPREME COURT HAS RULED

MONEY EQUALS SPEECH.

[LAUGHTER]

I HAVE A SUPERPAC WHICH HAS

UNLIMITED CASH IT CAN GIVE OUT.

WILL YOU TAKE MONEY FROM A PAC?

>> ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS WE'VE

SEEN ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL

MEDIA IT'S OPENED UP ALL FACETS

OF LIFE.

POLITICS IS ONE OF FEW PLACES

WHERE YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT BRAND A

AND BRAND B.

AMERICANS ARE GIVING INDIVIDUALS

POWERS AND TOOLS TO DRAFT THEIR

OWN CANDIDATES.

HELP DEVELOP A PLATTFORM THAT

THE CANDIDATES HAVE TO ANSWER

AND BE ABLE TO DISCUSS AND

DEBATE THE RULES OF CONVENTION

THAT EVERY DELEGATE GETS TO VOTE

IN.

NOT JUST THE FOLKS IN IOWA,

NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA.

>> I'M GOING TO TAKE THAT AS A

NO, YOU DON'T WANT MY MONEY.

>> WE DON'T TAKE ANY MONEY FROM

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS,

INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS OR PACS.

WE WOULD LOVE FOR THE

INDIVIDUALS THIS IN COLBERT

NATION AND YOU, STEPHEN, TO GET

INVOLVED AND SUPPORT US ONLINE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> STEPHEN: WE HAVE TO GET

EACH OTHER'S BEAKS WET ON THIS

ONE.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU HAVE TO WEIGH -- HOW TO YOU

MATCH UP, PEOPLE FILL OUT A

QUESTIONNAIRE.

WHEN YOU SIGN UP, WHAT HAPPENS?

>> ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS DO

YOU IS COME TO THE WEB SITE AND

SIGN UP AS A DELEGATE IT'S NOT A

PRESCRIPTIVE PROCESS.

WE'RE ASKING PEOPLE WHAT ARE THE

CRUCIAL ISSUES, WHAT DO YOU

THINK IS IMPORTANT?

YOU WEIGH THE ISSUES, THE

CANDIDATES WEIGH THE ISSUES IT'S

A DEBATE NOT ABOUT RED OR BLUE

BUT ABOUT THE CRUCIAL ISSUES

FACING THE COUNTRY.

>> Stephen: I FILL OUT A

QUESTIONNAIRE.

DOT CANDIDATES FILL OUT A

QUESTIONNAIRE?

>> THEY'LL COME ONLINE AND DO

THE SAME THING.

>> STEPHEN: DO WE GET MATCHED

UP?

IS IT LIKE CHEMISTRY.COM?

OR E- HARMONY NOT COME OF THE

ELECTION?

>> IT'S A MUCH MORE INTERACTIVE

PROCESS.

>> STEPHEN: YOU SAY YOU DON'T

IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, SOUTH

CAROLINA ELECTINGING THE NEXT

PRESIDENT.

I AM FROM SOUTH CAROLINA I TAKE

OFFENSE TO THAT.

I BELIEVE IN THE GOOD PEOPLE OF

IOWA.

NEW HAMPSHIRE --

[LAUGHTER]

WHY DON'T YOU WANT THEM SAYING

WHO THE NOMINEES ARE?

>> WE WANT TO LEVERAGE OUR

-- WE WANT EVERYBODY TO GET

INVOLVED

>> WE WANT TO LEVERAGE OUR

NEWEST TECHNOLOGIES TO GET US

BACK TO SOME OF OUR OLDEST

VALUES WHICH IS LETTING EVERY

VOTER PARTICIPATE IN A

MEANINGFUL WAY IN A PRIMARY.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

ARE YOU ON THE BALLOT IN ALL 50

STATES?

>> WE'RE GOING TO BE ON THE

BALLOT IN 50.

>> STEPHEN: EVERY STATE YOU

HAVE TO COME UP WITH A PETITION

OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT?

>> WE DO.

>> EVERY STATE HAS DIFFERENT

BALLOT ACCESS LAWS.

WE'RE JUMPING OVER THE HURDLES

AS THEY COME.

WE'VE HAD GREAT SUCCESS.

OF THE 2.9 MILLION SIGNATURES WE

NEED WE GATHERED TWO MILLION AND

WE SUBMITTED 1.6 MILLION IN

CALIFORNIA WHICH WILL MAKES IT

THE LARGEST PETITION GATHERING

IN THE HISTORY AFTER THIS STATE

AND WE'RE PRETTY SURE THE

HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY.

>> STEPHEN: IF YOU GET TO 2.9

YOU GET IN ALL 50 STATES?

>> ALL 50 STATES.

DO YOU HAVE TO GET THEM IN EVERY

OR CAN YOU GET 2.9 ANYWHERE?

>> YOU HAVE TO GO STATE BY STATE

AND GET THEM.

IT'S A POLITICAL INNOVATION.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT

BALLOT ACCESS WILL HAVE BEEN

ACHIEVED FOR A CANDIDATE TO BE

DIRECTLY NOMINATED BY THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE.

THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.

WE WANT PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED,

COME TO AMERICANSELECT.ORG

SUPPORT US.

ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.

LET'S DISCUSS THE ISSUES AND GET

OUR POLITICS ON TRACK.

>> STEPHEN: LAST QUESTION AND

MOST IMPORTANT: WHAT POLITICAL

PARTY ARE YOU SECRETLY BACKING?

[LAUGHTER]

>> NONE, STEPHEN, WE'RE PUTTING

UP THE INFRASTRUCTURE SO PEOPLE

CAN COME.

>> STEPHEN: GOOD LUCK

ELLIOT ACKERMAN,

AMERICANSELECT.ORG

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]