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Max Abramson Seeking 2020 Presidential Nomination of the Veterans Party of America

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.


  1. Darryl W Perry Darryl W Perry May 10, 2020

    will non-members of the VPA be able to watch this convention?

  2. Steven Berson Steven Berson May 3, 2020

    I really liked VPA’s Presidential candidate in 2016, Chris Keniston – but the VPA did not secure any significant ballot access for him, and seems they’ve been lacking in the past 4 years in any substantial work towards placing down party tickets or gaining ballot access. There seems to be a few really good people in the VPA that have pushed for non-interventionist foreign policy (Kensiston and his running mate Deacon Taylor), but I have also seen quite a bit of Republican-lite bland conservatism coming from some members of it as well recently, so I’m not really sure what the point of that party is going to be unless they come up with some greater brand differentiation, and some stronger guiding principles.
    I saw Abramson was trying to secure the Reform Party line as well (which I believe just has ballot access in 1 or 2 States currently) – but I hope they nominate the Alliance Party ticket of de la Fuente / Richardson as to me it would be nice to see some consolidation rather than fracturing of the “centrist/moderate/ethical/pragmatic” lines.

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