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"No Labels" Kicks Off in New York

By: CBS
By: CBS

A new political movement launched Monday in New York. It's called "No Labels" and its goal is to push for more middle of the road politicians and policies. Its founders hope to be just as successful as the Tea Party.

People and politicians, tired of excessive partisanship in Washington, are launching a movement to do something about it.

“I think it is really a search for common sense, putting labels behind us and the country in front of us,” said Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

These Democrats, Republicans and Independents are banding together under “No Labels.”

“The radical sides of our parties are a lot like that crazy relative at your Thanksgiving dinner – the one that everyone just smiles and nods and ignores,” said Marcy Freeburg, Colorado Republican. “However, that crazy relative has taken over Thanksgiving dinner, and we want it back

They say “No Labels” is not a third party but a new grassroots organization focusing on ending the name-calling and working across the party lines to get things done.

“We have got to put pressure on leaders of both are parties to compromise,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The founders of the movement urged their supporters to go back home and recruit more “No Label” members in their communities.

Mark McKinnon helped create "No Labels" and says the key is to mobilize enough people to get Washington’s attention.

“Politicians respond to numbers and when people get organized and show that they have numbers they can have a real impact,” he said.

“No Labels” is hoping to have the same kind of impact that the Tea Party had in the midterm election, supporting democratic, republican and independent candidates who really represent the center, not the right or the left.

Many thought Michael Bloomberg fit the bill for president. He was a panelist at Monday’s launch but insists he will not make a run for the White House in 2012.

“No Labels” is recruiting college students to join the movement. As many as 300 students from 90 schools participated in Monday's launch.


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