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Presidential Hopeful Following Steps Of John Quincy Adams

American Delta Party and Reform Party nominee Roque De La Fuente
Corin Cates-Carney
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Montana Public Radio
American Delta Party and Reform Party nominee Roque De La Fuente

A presidential candidate stumped in Montana today, for the first time since before the primary election. The American Delta Party and Reform Party nominee visited the Capitol this morning.

Roque De La Fuente says Montana is a key part of his vision to become the next president of the United States.

“It’s called the Rocky Strategy, and those three electoral votes are very important,” De La Fuente said.

De La Fuente is hoping he, and other candidates not affiliated with the two main parties, will be able to draw enough votes away from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to prevent them from winning any Rocky Mountain states. If that happens, De La Fuente says no one would reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

If a candidate isn’t selected through a majority of electoral votes, the U.S. House of Representatives, with each state having one vote, would select the president. And that’s where De La Fuente says he would have the best shot at winning.

“It might be a long shot. But when you go to the horse races, they do come in once in awhile,” he said.

A president hasn’t been selected thought that process since 1824, when John Quincy Adams became the sixth president of the United States.

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