Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What the 'Deez Nuts' Candidacy Says about the State of US Democracy

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What the 'Deez Nuts' Candidacy Says about the State of US Democracy

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The 2016 presidential election has 586 registered candidates so far, including some peculiar names like Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks (independent), Buddy The Cat (Democrat), and Bailey D Dog (independent). Yet only one dark-horse, independent candidate has spurred international attention overnight: Deez Nuts.

Brady Olson, a 15-year old sophomore from the small town of Wallingford, Iowa, filed for presidency with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on July 26, 2015 under the cheeky moniker Deez Nuts. After hearing about Limberbutt McCubbins, a Kentucky "Demo- cat" joke candidate that filed for presidency last month, Mr. Olson told The Daily Beast he realized he could do the same. Olson then asked the folks at Public Policy Polling (PPP) if they could pit Mr. "Nuts" against other candidates to see if surveyors would seriously consider his campaign.

Surprisingly, in polling he received 7 percent of votes in Iowa, 8 percent in Minnesota, and on Wednesday, his numbers rose to 9 percent in a North Carolina poll against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, making him the most successful independent candidate for president in two decades, reports The Guardian.

"The next step is to get some party nominations, like the Minnesota Independence Party or the Modern Whig Party," Olson told The Daily Beast. "It would also be great to find a VP, preferably McCubbins because the Nuts/McCubbins ticket sounds amazing."

While Nuts' presidential bid could cause some good laughs, it also raises questions about the country's political system, starting with its presidential candidacy filing process.

When Rolling Stone magazine asked Olson what made him believe he could be qualified for president, he referred to the fact that he could "fill out a form so vague that it doesn't include your age, or the fact that all get accepted even if they're only partially filled."

Anybody can fill out a candidacy statement known as Form 2, says FEC deputy press officer Christian Hilland. "We do vetting, but it's more about did they fill out the information correctly? …

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