A former U.S. Senate candidate and longtime Logan resident with eyes on the White House recently discussed the campaign he hopes to run.
Scott Bradley will again run for national office this election season as part of the Constitution Party — but this time, the race is for the White House. At the Constitution Party National Convention in April 13 to 16 in Salt Lake City, Bradley was chosen as the running mate of Tennessee attorney and former national party vice-chairman Darrell Castle to round out the third party’s presidential ticket.
“It’s not something I sought at all at any time, ever,” Bradley said. “Before (Castle) was nominated, he asked if I would consider serving as his running mate. Before he went to name his running mate, I had a heart-to-heart talk with him and suggested somebody else. I’m honored, but the race is not about me or about Darrell — the real purpose is to try to restore the principles this nation was founded on.”
A former administrator at Utah State University and a current independent business owner, Bradley is also the chairman of the Constitution Commemoration Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated toward increasing understanding of the U.S. Constitution and encouraging a return to the style of limited government it claims was envisioned by the framers of the original document.
This echoes the platform of the Constitution Party, a third party which focuses on the original intent of the Constitution to frame its platform, using the principles found within the document as a guide to securing the inalienable rights of U.S. citizens.
“I talk about the Declaration of Independence being the promise, with the Constitution being the fulfillment of that promise,” Bradley said. “If you really want to know about the Constitution Party platform, the best place to start is to take the document out and read it.”
Bradley himself carries a pocket copy of the Constitution with him in his jacket pocket, a copy he has used enough for the cover to become worn and slightly faded.
Originally a member of the Republican Party, Bradley changed his affiliation to Constitution Party out of frustration with the Republican platform in Utah, which he felt did not adequately represent the ideals outlined in the Constitution. When approached by Constitution Party leadership to run for Senate, Bradley did so in 2006 and 2010. In his 2010 run against Republican candidate Mike Lee and Democratic candidate Sam Granato, Bradley received the second highest number of votes any Constitution candidate has ever received in a race against a candidate from both major parties.
“It’s an interesting phenomenon,” Bradley said. “People say to me a vote for a third party is a wasted vote, but you can look back at the track records of the two major political parties and see they’re taking us down the same paths. It’s really amazing to me that people say to me you have to vote for the lesser of two evils. I consider them to be the evil of two lessers.”
Bradley said both the Democratic and Republican parties have strayed too far from the original intent of the Constitution, each casting the nation further into debt through an overabundance of government programs and international trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“I’ve largely come to the conclusion the country has lost its way,” Bradley said. “We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We know where we came from. The Founders were so concerned about power and yet we’ve allowed power to be accrued into national levels to the point we’ve basically lost our liberty.”
Although fundraising efforts for the Constitution Party are at a disadvantage to the major parties based on size, Bradley said the Constitution Party will utilize a technology-based campaign in an effort to reach as many individuals as possible. While he and Castle will each travel around the country this campaign season, Bradley said they will hold webinars and digital town halls to encourage a grassroots groundswell.
“The Constitution Party can’t win if we don’t bring Democrats and Republicans and Independents into the fold,” Bradley said. “We just don’t have that big of a footprint. We’re going to be looking to talk to people who have concern about where the country is going and where it’s been.”
If the campaign is successful, Bradley said he and Castle would adhere to the Constitution completely, focusing on reducing federal influence while returning a number of powers back to the states.
“You can’t wave a magic wand and have at least a century of bad policy go overnight,” Bradley said. “The president is not a monarch in spite of how previous presidents have acted, but we can take a principled, passionate, devoted approach to restoring the nation. If we can be an example, a hope, if we can show them how it’s done, then others will seek to emulate it.”
For more information about the Constitution Party, please visit www.constitutionparty.com.