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Joke Candidates Running For President Who Aren't Donald Trump

"I couldn't screw up the country any more than those people do," says one fringe hopeful.

But if you want to express your frustration with U.S. politics, a "time-traveling lawyer," an "American Idol" wannabe and Santa are among the 1500 candidates who've thrown their hats the ring, according to the Federal Election Commission.

And some of these hats are clearly made out of tinfoil. 

Declaring a candidacy is easy if you complete the proper form and meet the basic requirements: You must be at least 35 years old and a natural-born U.S. citizen who has lived in the country for at least 14 years.

Some candidates don't even let those requirements stop them.

Web developer Mathew Tyler, of Paradise, California, is running for president despite being 31 years old. He's hoping President Barack Obama changes the law.

"We elected an African-American so I thought it was time to have the first underage candidate," he told The Huffington Post.

Tyler believes he's the best man for the job because his mind is "like a computer." The self-described Renaissance man has given himself the following degrees: PhD., M.D., J.D.

"I'm an autodidact," he said. "Despite not completing the degrees, I completed all the work." 

Independent presidential candidate Mathew Tyler, 31, says his mind is "like a computer."
Independent presidential candidate Mathew Tyler, 31, says his mind is "like a computer."

Tyler stands for free education, health care to citizens, a 13 percent flat tax, and, as a bonus, he'd require all gas stations to be full service.

"It would create more opportunities for people of all walks of life -- from high school to elderly," he said. "People could have something to do to earn money while adding dignity and improving their quality of life."

Tyler isn't quite so sure what he'd do about a vice president. Former Vice President Al Gore, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Former President Bill Clinton and Obama are on his short list, but he admits he's "not sure what the vice president does."

"I'm drawing a blank to how frequently I'd seek their advice," Tyler added.

Andrew Basiago, a lawyer in Vancouver, Washington, said his experience spent traveling back in time to the Civil War and
Andrew Basiago, a lawyer in Vancouver, Washington, said his experience spent traveling back in time to the Civil War and teleporting to Mars give him an advantage over other candidates.

Many politicians have legal experience, but Andrew Basiago claims his participation in a top-secret time travel and teleportation program gives him an edge over other candidates.

"I was forced to overcome personal limitations coping with new, dangerous, and experimental activities," Basiago told HuffPost.

"At the same time, I was given an understanding of the trajectory of secret technical development by the US government. 

"This gave me a glimpse of the future, one in which teleportation is the principal modality of human transport and has transformed global society for the better."

Basiago said if he's elected, he would disclose how extraterrestrials are visiting Earth and discuss the ramifications of the advent of ET-human contact within the first 100 days. 

Darwin Misha Reedy, 36, believes her experiences auditioning for "American Idol" and "The X Factor' helped prepare her to be
Darwin Misha Reedy, 36, believes her experiences auditioning for "American Idol" and "The X Factor' helped prepare her to be president.

If Darwin Misha Reedy is elected, she plans to use the expertise of other people currently running for office.

"I would put Donald Trump in charge of the economy," Reedy told HuffPost. "He's a good businessman. He's promising positive change, but I am more specific."

The 36-year-old Houston resident is currently unemployed but studying coding. If elected, she promises equal pay for women and pledges to make bodycams mandatory for police officers. 

"I'm definitely for law and order, but there needs to be checks and balances," said Reedy, who has taken two criminal justice classes. "I understand people feel there is injustice. I would focus on sensitivity training as well."

Reedy believes auditioning on "American Idol" and "The X Factor" helped her prepare for her first presidential campaign.

"I learned to be more assertive, and got experience talking before large groups," she said. "Plus, I can accept criticism."

Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are trying to appeal to evangelicals, but Santa Roy Clark of Ashland, Kentucky, may get the vote of those who love Kris Kringle.

Clark is a 65-year-old retired electrician and former Marine who was born on Christmas Day.

He told the Ashland Independent that he changed his first name to Santa last September because he “wanted to have the Christmas spirit all the time.” 

Clark admits he doesn't have the political experience of other candidates, but figures that's a plus these days.

"I couldn't screw up the country any more than those people do," he told HuffPost, and he won't mess up the federal government as much because he's "not a professional liar."

Clark believes he has lots of ideas that can save lots of taxpayer money, such as putting Air Force One on eBay.

"It's a status symbol," he said. "It's not needed." 

Santa Roy Clark's campaign includes a promise to sell Air Force One on eBay.
Santa Roy Clark's campaign includes a promise to sell Air Force One on eBay.

Clark's many YouTube videos demonstrate he's thought long and hard about his presidency, but there's one thing he hasn't given much thought to: a vice president.

"Right now, I'm telling people my cat will be vice president," he said. "Her name's 'Baby' but I call her 'V.P.'"

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