POLITICS
04/03/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mike Gravel Drops Out Of Democratic Race, Seeks To Join Libertarian Ticket

Former Sen. Mike Gravel is leaving the Democratic Party - and his quixotic bid for its presidential nomination - for the Libertarian Party.

"It is a party that combines a commitment to freedom and peace that can't be found in the two major parties that control the government and politics of America," Gravel said in a statement released late Tuesday by America's largest third party. "My libertarian views, as well as my strong stance against war, the military industrial complex and American imperialism, seem not to be tolerated by Democratic Party elites who are out of touch with the average American."

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