Santa Claus is a candidate for President of the United States in 2012

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Santa Claus is recognized by the U.S. Federal Election Commission as a candidate for President of the United States in 2012. Santa believes that the United States has lost its moral compass, and he aims to restore America's heart and soul.

Santa Claus is running for President to help restore America's heart and soul.

Santa Claus is recognized by the U.S. Federal Election Commission as a candidate for President of the United States in 2012. Santa believes that "the United States has lost its moral compass," and he aims to "restore America's heart and soul."

Santa Claus running as a Presidential candidate makes some voters wonder why he changed his name. Santa agrees that is name is unusual and believes it has "served him well for many years as a child advocate and peace activist."

Santa notes that his name is easy to remember and spell, enabling him to run as an independent write-in candidate, circumventing most of the long-standing two-party campaign process. And, he is quick to point out that a few Presidents changed their names prior to becoming candidates.

Santa's slogan is “Restoring America’s Heart and Soul.” He believes that "the United States has lost its moral compass."

Right after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Santa served for months with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Federal Disaster Recovery Center in Dallas where he says he, "saw, first-hand, how Americans pull together to help one another during disasters, even on a massive scale. That's the American spirit, the heart, and the soul, that appear to be missing in Congress and in politics in general."

Affording a glimpse into Santa's take on politics, Santa refers to the last speech Hubert Humphrey gave: "...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped."

Santa's campaign video emphasizes that, "instead of nation-building abroad, we should concentrate on rebuilding our own country, stimulating our own economy, creating new jobs here through existing agencies such as AmeriCorps, streamlining government services in all areas, and on being the best example of a democratic republic that we can be - so great that other countries will ask us to help them do the same."

He believes he is the only Presidential candidate who has visited every state Governor's office in person, "discussing a variety of issues, especially those affecting children, with their staffs, and meeting with and listening to the concerns of thousands of citizens from practically every segment of society throughout our country."

During the past few months, Santa has participated in video debates with other independent candidates hosted by Writeindependent (org). He is adamant that voters "make their vote count." He suggests voting for as many qualified independent candidates as one possibly can and thinks "the two-party system has failed."

By the beginning of October, Santa received about 85,000 "likes" on his Facebook campaign page at TheSantaClaus. That's more than twice the number of Facebook "likes" for the Green Party. And, in September, he qualified as an independent write-in candidate in Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming, almost a third of the states.

Santa notes that, once he identifies his running-mate, he will be eligible to run as an independent write-in candidate in additional states, perhaps a majority, enabling him to either win, or at least sway, the election.

And, unlike any other candidate for President, Santa will be encouraging voters to help him select his Vice President. Santa says he plans to "propose several qualified prospects with whom I would like to run. Then, l will invite you to vote for one of them, either on my Facebook page or at my website."

For those voters interested in his pre-Santa background, Santa relates that he served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Police Commissioner of New York City, Director of the Terrorism Research and Communication Center, and Member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Defense Executive Reserve, and that he earned his graduate degree at New York University.

At Christmas-time in 2009, the Santa Claus Peace Council in Turkey awarded Santa Claus its international Peace Prize for his belief that, "in order to achieve international peace, we first must instill peace within the heart of each and every child." The Dalai Lama is a previous recipient of the same award.

Santa's platform, daily blog, and videos are found at his website. He plans to post his Vice President slate there or on his Facebook campaign page and invites voters to help him select his running-mate.

Santa says his running-mate will be someone who agrees with him and Mahatma Ghandi that:
"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."

Santa's Federal Election Commission candidate/challenger ID number is: P20005146
Santa's Federal Election Commission campaign committee ID number is: C00528331

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