Orman's name won't appear on the
Currently, the 100-member
Running a non-partisan campaign "is actually quite liberating," Orman said during a stop Thursday at The News. He doesn't have to be concerned with how his aims to make higher education and health care more affordable and to streamline the tax code mesh political party bosses he said.
"I consider myself fiscally conservative and socially tolerant," Orman said.
For about 13 of the last 14 years, Orman said, he has been registered as unaffiliated. He has supported Republicans and Democrats, but he's contributed more to independent causes, he said. He declined to reveal how he voted in the 2012 presidential race between Democrat
In 2007, Orman prepared to run as a Democrat against Roberts. "I just didn't feel comfortable running with a party label," he said, and he soon withdrew from the race. Democrat
"We're sending the worst from both parties" to
Orman started Environmental Lighting Concepts, later selling a portion of it to
"I think we're going to have the resources to fund a competitive campaign," Orman said, and he's also trying to build a coalition of supporters. Among those accompanying Orman on his tour was
Running as an independent "creates a little more of a challenge," Orman said. For voters to veer from a Republican or Democrat, "they really have to genuinely believe in the candidate," he said.
"There has to be a perception in the voter's mind that they're not throwing their vote away," Orman said.
In addition to Roberts and Orman, others running for the
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