Clifton Roberts was born on Yukota Air Force Base in Japan, and attended and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. He believes that having experience both from abroad and within the United States provides him with a unique and cultured perspective. Professionally, he has a history of working with a variety of corporations. As he was born on a US military base, Roberts is an American citizen.
Roberts is running as the first nominee of the Humane party, a group whose primary focus is animal rights. Most of Roberts' political platform is informed by this affiliation. He supports a constitutional amendment banning the “slaughter and mutilation” of non-human animals, and granting legal personhood to all sentient beings – a category upon which he does not elaborate, but appears to extend beyond humans. A strict vegan himself, he proudly declares that his body is, and for the past 18 years has been, “free of any deceased, murdered, or tortured soul”. He also plans to pursue legislation to prohibit the use of Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, and expresses environmental concern in wishing to preserve existing ecosystems – and, again, the animals that maintain them.
Beyond animal rights and environmentalism, Roberts remains a left-leaning candidate. He supports the passing of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing equality under federal, state, and territorial law for all people, explicitly regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. He supports homosexual marriage, and is opposed to the death penalty. He favors sustainable energy, and seeks to legislate an end what he calls the “non-emergency-based use” of such energy sources as fossil fuels and nuclear fission. He does call for a balanced federal budget, but wishes to accomplish this through reductions in military spending and corporate tax reform.
Roberts is likely to be an attractive candidate to people on the left side of the political spectrum, especially those particularly concerned with animal rights. However, he will be challenged to find any right-wing support at all, and his advocacy of such policies as meat elimination and animal personhood may present problems in securing even centrist or moderate backing.