Declared 2016 



Management and Market Research
Born: October 9th, 1978  (age 38)


With his experience as the managing director of a data collection center, Ed Baker understands how to conduct quality opinion research. He hopes this experience will give him additional insight into the expectations of the electorate while seeking the presidency in 2016 as an independent. A lifelong Oregon resident, Baker started working in market research call centers at the age of fifteen.

His gambling addiction early in life resulted in Baker running afoul of the law. With the help of a gambling counselor, Baker turned his life around. However, his conviction prevented many job opportunities which led to a year of homelessness. He believes his inside knowledge of the criminal justice system will be relatable to many voters with similar experiences.

On the issues, Ed Baker wants to secure the border and American jobs by deporting all illegal aliens. Those who leave voluntarily can apply for re-entry. Baker also supports capital punishment for any who enter illegally.

Dissatisfied with the official reports, Baker wants to reopen the investigation into the September 11 terrorist attacks. He supports capital punishment for anyone involved – including Americans who held or currently hold positions of power. As a proud supporter of America’s military, Baker intends to overhaul the Veterans Administration and provide more resources for veterans and their families.

Baker has called for a reduction of the federal debt by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse while streamlining programs to be more cost-effective. Foreign-aid would be reduced or eliminated to free up money to for domestic purposes.

With his “tough on crime” positions, the independent presidential candidate thinks strong punishment is key to reducing criminal activity and advocates the death penalty for murderers, sexual predators and hardcore drug traffickers. In addition, he supports building more prisons to hold dangerous felons longer. He also supports an overhaul of the CIA due to their “apparent involvement in drug trafficking.”

Ed Baker hopes his lack of political experience will be a positive as poll after poll demonstrates America’s disapproval with the direction of the country currently ran by entrenched politicians. However, a lack of resources and media attention may be too tough for his campaign to overcome.
 
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Declared 2016 



Veteran and former Gymnast
Born: December 1st, 1960  (age 56)


Terry Wayne Wheelock was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but he has lived in a number of states spanning both coasts. He attended Houston Baptist University from 1978 to 1979, the University of Illinois from 1979 to 1981, and the University of Oklahoma from 1981 to 1983. It was from the latter institution that Wheelock received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration, with a minor in Recreation. During and after college, he was a competitive gymnast, and has since worked as a gymnastics coach. He served in the US Air Force for four years, from 1987 to 1991.

Wheelock is running as an Independent candidate, and his platform borrows from both conservative and liberal ideas. He champions fiscal responsibility, promising that he will not raise taxes and that he will balance the federal budget. However, following a more leftist curve, he calls for Universal Health Care for all and says that he will get the nation on the road to healthy living. He also favors energy innovation as a national security issue, advocating for the use of solar, wind, nuclear, and other renewable power sources in order to end America's dependence on foreign oil supplies. He is opinionated on the issue of investigating space, believing that NASA has become a mere makework program and that it should return to its primary mission of exploring the universe. Among other goals, he hopes to make it possible for humans to live on other planets.

Wheelock contends that the sitting American president, Barack Obama, is ineligible for his office. While he does not assert the most typical claim of “birthers” - that Obama was born in the African nation of Kenya rather than the US state of Hawaii – he invokes the US Constitution's unelaborated requirement that the president be a “natural born citizen”, which he defines as any person having been born to two American citizens. This measure would indeed disqualify President Obama, whose father, Barack Obama Sr, did not retain American citizenship. Similarly, Wheelock challenges the legitimacy of Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Bobby Jindal.

Wheelock's platform is not strictly beholden to either left-wing or right-wing politics, creating opportunity for him to appeal to moderates on both sides of the spectrum. He is likely to have little success with the fringes, however, and his contention of Barack Obama's presidential ineligibility (with which the American public has largely tired) risks alienating still other voters. Still, he is nothing if not confident: He asserts that his election is “God's Will!”, and, perhaps more pragmatically, that he is “the Lesser of the Evils!”
 
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