Step 1: See New Party: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Party_(United_States) Excerpt so the libruhls don't have to read too much: The party could best be described as social democratic in orientation, although party statements almost invariably used the terms "small-d democratic" or "progressive" instead. Its founders chose the name "New Party" in an effort to strike a fresh tone, free of associations with dogmas and ideological debates. In otherwords, this was a political party that promoted socialism. Step 2: Now go here: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/302031/obamas-third-party-history-stanley-kurtz# Key excerpt: Minutes of the meeting on January 11, 1996, of the New Party’s Chicago chapter read as follows: Barack Obama, candidate for State Senate in the 13th Legislative District, gave a statement to the membership and answered questions. He signed the New Party “Candidate Contract” and requested an endorsement from the New Party. He also joined the New Party. Yes Virginia, Pres. Foodstamps is a socialist.