New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson, who previously sought the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential nomination before withdrawing in March, has decided to seek the presidential nomination of the Veterans Party of America. Abramson broke the news last Tuesday on his campaign blog. Last month Abramson told IPR that two different political parties had contacted him about running for their presidential nominations. He did not specify which ones at the time.
According to Abramson, the Veterans Party of America is in the process of organizing for November on a platform of “restoring the Constitution and bringing the troops home.” It plans to hold its national convention May 17 online.
The Veterans Party of America was founded in 2014. In 2016, it ran reliability engineer Chris Keniston for President. He appeared on the ballot only in Colorado and Mississippi and received 7,251 votes. The party’s Facebook page currently has over 67,000 likes. Although the party, which describes itself as “centrist,” is concerned with veterans’ issues, being a veteran is not a requirement for membership.
Abramson, who was a major in the Civil Air Patrol, was elected to the New Hampshire State House in 2014 as a Republican. Two years later, he did not run for re-election, instead switching to the Libertarian Party to run as the party’s nominee for governor. He finished in third place with 4.3 percent of the vote. He returned to the Republican Party and was elected back to his old seat in the New Hampshire State House in 2018. Shortly thereafter, he rejoined the Libertarian Party to seek its 2020 presidential nomination.
During his presidential campaign, Abramson became frustrated with the Libertarian Party. Upon his withdrawal, he chastised the party’s membership for “abusiveness and nastiness toward voters, donors, activists, and other members that cannot stand.” He expressed interest in starting a new party, but now appears to have settled with the Veterans Party of America.