Third Way Warns Against No Labels’ Presidential Ticket, Citing Risk of Trump Return

Prominent Democratic-backed think tank Third Way has sounded the alarm about the possibility of a third-party presidential ticket in 2024, warning it could cost Democrats the White House and open the door for a former President Donald Trump return.

The group sent a memo to Democratic groups, outlining the ways in which a third-party ticket would tank the Democrats’ chances of keeping the White House in 2024. The memo pointed out that third-party candidates typically do poorly in general elections and argued that No Labels, a political organization currently courting centrist lawmakers in both parties to create a “unity ticket,” wouldn’t have a large enough base of support to win.[0]

Third Way also argued that No Labels’s efforts to cast Biden and Trump as equally extreme is a “smokescreen” and that the group’s efforts to field a candidate will “make it far more likely — if not certain — that Donald Trump returns to the White House.”[1]

No Labels has responded to this criticism, tweeting Thursday night that “no one” with the organization has “any interest in fueling a spoiler effort.”[1] The group also stated that it has raised more than $46 million and has more than 400 volunteers seeking ballot access in several battleground states.[2]

Third Way’s Jim Kessler told Insider that the “No Labels” effort is “going to hurt Biden and help Trump.”[3] No Labels has yet to reveal who they will select to be their third-party ticket, however they intend to hold a nominating convention in April.[2] The group has vowed to compete for ballot access in at least 23 states and has already secured spots on the Colorado and Arizona ballots.[2]

0. “No Labels: The centrist party Democrats fear could play spoiler in 2024” Washington Examiner, 12 Mar. 2023,

1. “The newest political party on the ballot in three states has Democrats terrified” Fox News, 12 Mar. 2023,

2. “Democratic group warns about ‘spoiler' third-party ticket that could hand Trump the presidency” msnNOW, 7 Mar. 2023,

3. “Third-party candidate push will ‘hurt Biden and help Trump' in 2024, Democratic group warns” Yahoo! Voices, 10 Mar. 2023,

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