Meet the Long-Shot Presidential Candidates in the California Primary

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Who loves 'The Hobbit'? What would they say to Donald Trump in an elevator? Whose campaign headquarters doubles as the hotel where they work as a dishwasher? As California heads to the polls, THR helps you get to know some of the people in the running to lead the free world.

By now, you're probably familiar with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. But what of the lesser-known political aspirants running for president of the United States? With just hours left to go in the California primary, The Hollywood Reporter reached out to some of the race's more colorful long shots with THR's Decision 2016 Candidate Questionnaire.

 

LIBERTARIAN PARTY

DARRYL W. PERRY (Keene, New Hampshire)

Describe yourself briefly. 

I've spent most of my adult life as an activist & advocate for peace and liberty. I'm an award-winning author, publisher and radio/TV host.

What is the first thing you’d do as president?

Pardon Private Chelsea Manning and Ross Ulbricht, then drop all charges against Edward Snowden and offer him safe passage to return to the United States. I would then issue a blanket pardon to all non-violent federal drug offenders.

What is the last movie you saw in a theater?

Hunger Games (whatever the final one was called)

What would you tell Donald Trump in an elevator?

I'd ask him if he believes the American people deserve to hear from more than two candidates in the general election debates.

Who is your favorite president and why?

William Henry Harrison, because he wasn't in office long enough to screw anything up!

 

RHETT WHITE FEATHER SMITH  (San Antonio, Texas)

Describe yourself briefly. 

That's a good question. I am 66 years old and I've lived in Texas most of my life, except when I served in the U.S. Navy. I feel very strongly about what our nation should expect and I think we're in a lot of trouble here with somebody like Donald Trump or even Hillary Clinton.

What is the first thing you’d do as president? 

Good question. We really need to rein in an executive branch of the federal government that has simply amassed too much power. I don't know if you want to call it "usurping the power." 

What is the last movie you saw in a theater? 

I saw Captain America with my granddaughter. It was just a little bit too much action for an old person like myself. I don't care for movies much anymore, having figured out the propaganda factor in them.

What would you tell Donald Trump in an elevator?

There's a scene in Captain America when he gets on an elevator with other people who are going to try to do him in. As the door is closing, he says, "Before the door closes would anyone like to get off?" And then he kicks everyone's ass! So that's what I would say. But Donald Trump is a pretty big guy so I'd rather say that to him on a debate stage.

Who is your favorite president and why? 

I'm going to go to Jefferson just because I'm a big First Amendment guy. 

 

JACK ROBINSON, JR. (Spartanburg, South Carolina)

Describe yourself briefly.

I'm a businessman and the originator of "birth-loop economics" (using bank interest to fund accounts for all newborns).

What is the first thing you’d do as president?

Oh, lord. I’d ask every congressman and senator for the best idea they had or have heard since they were first elected.

What is your campaign song?

"Make America As Great As It Was Meant to Be." (That’s a made-up song I know.)

What would you tell Donald Trump in an elevator?

"You need an economic plan."

Who is your favorite president and why?

Ronald Reagan. He did his part to make America smaller.

 

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

KEITH JUDD (Midland, Texas)

[Contact number is the Grand Texan Hotel in Midland, where Judd is the dishwasher. “Mr. Judd doesn’t come in until the evening shift,” according to worker who answered the phone. Judd's official candidate statement: "The government held me in federal prisons for a ton of years for a crime I did not commit. I am still fighting the criminal case to prove my innocence."]

 

 

 

HENRY HEWES (New York, New York)

Describe yourself briefly.

Smartest man in the world.

What is the first thing you’d do as president?

Give a speech and press conference announcing support for a congressional resolution affirming the right to life of unborn children and defining them as persons for legal purposes.

What is your campaign song?

"God Bless America."

What would you tell Donald Trump in an elevator?

I would not intrude on his contemplative space.

Who is your favorite president and why?

Abraham Lincoln. Because he cared about the right of every person to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT PARTY

ARTHUR HARRIS (San Marino, California)

Describe yourself briefly. 

American entrepreneur, six kids, 14 grandkids

What is the first thing you’d do as president?

Close the border.

What is your campaign theme song?

"We Didn’t Start the Fire" by Billy Joel.

What would you tell Donald Trump in an elevator?

“Dude, get a plan.”

Who is your favorite president and why?

Lincoln (“he said things about our country which we need to remember today”) and FDR ("he put personal feelings aside for the country.”)

 

J.R. MYERS (Soldotna, Alaska)

Describe yourself briefly.

I'm a citizen candidate. I'm a counselor. I believe in servant-leadership. I live in Alaska.

What is the first thing you’d do as president?

I would rescind unlawful executive orders. I would make Congress take more responsibility.

What is the last movie you saw in a theater?

The Desolation of Smaug.

What would you tell Donald Trump in an elevator?

"Only God will make America great again!"

Who is your favorite president and why?

George Washington. He resisted becoming king.

 

THOMAS HOEFLING (Lorhville, Iowa)

Describe yourself briefly.

I'm a longtime national conservative activist.

What is the first thing you’d do as president?

Take the oath, that’s what the Constitution requires. Then stop the abortion holocaust.

What is your campaign song?

"God Bless America"

What would you tell Donald Trump in an elevator?

"Read the Constitution"

Who is your favorite president and why?

George Washington, of course. He was the indispensable man.

 

PEACE AND FREEDOM PARTY

 

MONICA MOOREHEAD (New York, New  York)

Describe yourself briefly.

I am a 64-year-old woman who has been an activist since the age of 16 who believes that only mass movements can change conditions, not elections. I have been a member of Workers World Party since 1975. I am also a journalist. As the daughter of a basketball coach and jazz pianist, I love the Golden State Warriors and Earth, Wind and Fire. Also as a self-proclaimed movie historian, I am a subscriber to The Hollywood Reporter.

What is the first thing you’d do as president?

I would sign various emergency degrees that would put into motion ASAP the following: ALL people have the right to housing, jobs at a livable wage and the right to organize, medical care, childcare, education, a clean environment and more free of racism, sexism, anti- LGBTQ bigotry, ableism, war and police brutality.

What is your campaign song?

My ideal campaign theme song would be Bob Marley’s “Stand Up for Your Rights."

What would you tell Donald Trump in an elevator?

I would tell Trump that he is racist and neo-fascist who should not be allowed to speak. Also because he and his followers are a danger to society as a whole, it is not a crime for protesters to shut down his rallies.

Who is your favorite president and why?

I don’t have a favorite president because every president who occupies the White House, regardless of being a Democrat or Republican, represents the interests of the super-rich and status quo.

 

DR. LYNN S. KAHN (Kensington, Maryland)

Describe yourself briefly.

I have a very clear platform — transform government and build peace: Fix our broken federal government agency-by-agency while building peace here at home and around the world. I worked as an organizational psychologist inside federal agencies for 32 years, including six-and-a-half years on the White House Partnership to Reinvent Government. I understand the mechanics of federal agencies — what works, what does not work and what changes to make.

What is the first thing you’d do as president?

My first action as president will be to change the mission and funding practices of the U.S. Department of Justice now organized around “control, enforcement and punishment” to “reduce and prevent violence in America by building stronger communities, establish true partnerships between law enforcement and local communities and restore the full faith and trust of the American people in our police departments and justice systems.

What is your campaign song?

My ideal campaign theme song is: "Save the Homeland" with music and lyrics by Linda Van Norman.

What would you tell Donald Trump in an elevator?

“My White House would like you to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Russia; there's a few deals we would like you to cut with Mr. Putin. Let’s talk.”

Who is your favorite president and why?

Abraham Lincoln: His total commitment to justice and equality in America kept him on the right path at the right time for our nation.

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