The RNC and DNC have both come and gone. But they aren’t the only conventions that have gone on this year. The American Independent Party recently held its convention, announcing its candidate for President and Vice President in this year’s election. In perhaps one of the most interesting moves for a party, the AIP nominated hip-hop artist Dr. Robert ‘Battle Ax’ Ornelas as its candidate for Vice President.
Dr. Ornelas’ nomination marks the first time that a Latino with Mexican heritage has ever run for Vice President. It also marks the second time since Herbert Hoover’s VP that an individual with Native American roots has run for the position. He is the great-great-great grandson of Chief Cristobal Osuna. Osuna was the chief of a tribe that lived in the San DiegoMountains around the time of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. Ornelas was nominated to the position for his support of Israel and for his activism nationwide. The party nominated Tom Hoefling as its candidate for President.
More information on the AIP is available online at http://www.aipca.org and by phone at 707-359-4884.
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