It’s easy for single-issue or third-party figures to assume the mantel of moral rectitude and criticize main-stream political candidates for not being tougher about where they stand on issues. The third tier never has to worry about losing an election for being too controversial because they rarely receive enough support to become viable contenders. The best that can be said for most of them is that they may at times be able to open up debate about matters of national concern that would otherwise be left unaddressed.

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