(HELENA) A presidential candidate made a campaign stop in Montana on Friday – but he isn’t named Donald or Hillary – or Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, either.
He is Roque “Rocky” de la Fuente, the nominee of the American Delta Party, who is one of five presidential candidates that Montanans can choose when they vote in the general election.
De la Fuente, 62, a California businessman educated in Mexico, said he’s telling Montanans that a vote for him is certainly not wasted and that if a majority of Montanans don’t give their votes to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, the state will become a greater factor in deciding who the president will be.
“What happens if, all of a sudden, we have a stalemate and none of them have the majority to be elected by the electoral college?” he told reporters outside the Capitol in Helena. “Folks, you just put Montana on the map.
“All of a sudden, it goes to Congress, and it is voted state by state by state. So, Montana now has the same power as New York (or) California. You’ll see all the offers in the world coming to Montana.”
De la Fuente said Montana voters are intelligent, independent people, and if they don’t think they’re well-represented by the “blues or the reds,” they should vote for him.
“Imagine the message you would tell the world if you say we’re willing to give (our three electoral votes) to somebody completely different?” he said.
De la Fuente said he favors a single-payer healthcare system like Canada’s, which he wants wholesale educational reforms that allow people to study more easily via the Internet and that Montana can be a leader in developing more renewable energy, like biodiesel.
“We could create so much wealth, especially people like Montana, who have so much wood,” he said. “We would no longer need those useless wars trying to fight for oil.”
De la Fuente began running for president last year as a Democrat and competed in Democratic Party presidential primaries in 40 states, coming in third in 13 of them.
He said it’s often difficult to get on the primary ballot in many states or to get much media attention if you’re not one of the leading candidates. De la Fuente also alleged there was widespread “election fraud” during the presidential primaries, with people changing vote totals after the votes had been cast.
Reporter: Mike Dennison