Is Howard Stern Republican or Democrat as he announces joke bid for presidency?

Bruno Cooke June 29, 2022
Is Howard Stern Republican or Democrat as he announces joke bid for presidency?
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Howard Stern said during his SiriusXM show on 28 June 2022 that he may “have to run for president” following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, prompting speculation as to his political views, specifically whether he’d run as a Republican or Democrat, or neither.

“I said to Robin,” Stern said, referring to co-host Robin Quivers, “and I hate to say this, but I said to her I’m actually going to probably have to run for president now.”

Robin added that she had tried to convince him to do it earlier, and he is now “reluctantly stepping up”.

What are Howard Stern’s political views? Would he run as a Republican or Democrat, if he were to make a bid for office, or neither?

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How did he react to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade?

Firstly, the context of Howard Stern’s remarks about running for the presidency is that he was criticising the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade.

He described Justice Clarence Thomas as “sitting there like Darth Vader, dormant [and] waiting for other kooks to join the Supreme Court”. 

And Thomas wasn’t the only Supreme Court Justice criticised by Stern.

He said, of Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch that they were appointed “by a president who lost the popular vote by 3 million votes. This is where we get into trouble.”

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What are Howard Stern’s key political priorities?

Stern has long been critical of the US electoral college system. If he were to run for office, he said yesterday, he would “do the very simple thing that’ll set the country straight”.

And that, in his view, is this: “one vote, one person. No more Electoral College. I’m getting rid of it.”

“The problem with most presidents is they have too big of an agenda. The only agenda I would have is to make the country fair again,” Stern continued.

His politics came to the fore in the mid 1990s when, on 22 March 1994, he announced his candidacy for Governor of New York under the Libertarian Party ticket.

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What do we know about Howard Stern’s voting record and views regarding the Republican Party?

When he ran as a Libertarian for New York Governor in 1994, Howard Stern did so on what Reason called a “three-plank platform”.

He planned to reinstate the death penalty, stagger highway tolls to reduce congestion, and have all road repairs done at night. That was it. Stern also promised to step down as soon as he achieved these three things.

Reason noted “parodic elements” in Stern’s gubernatorial campaign, however; it was “funny on purpose”, and “a great running gag”, yet it “manage[d] to make a serious point”.

Howard Stern supported the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee – Hillary Clinton – over Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. 

He was also “all in on Joe Biden”, he revealed in 2020. “You see the wall that’s right next to you?” he said during a broadcast in April of that year. “I’ll vote for the wall over a guy who tells me that I should pour Clorox into my mouth.” Yesterday, he described Trump’s administration as “repugnant”.

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Is Howard Stern a Republican or a Democrat or neither?

Howard Stern is not a Republican voter – at least, he has railed against the party under Trump several times in the past. In November 2021, when he last joked about running for president, he said he would “beat [Trump’s] *ss”.

“There’s no way I’d lose,” he said. “You can’t leave it to the Democrats,” Quivers said in response.

However, if he did go ahead with his bid for the presidency, Howard Stern might not run on a Democratic ticket. 

He may have voted Democrat in the last two presidential elections, but that doesn’t mean he’d run as one. This is especially true since his last (tongue-in-cheek) political campaign was as a Libertarian. Typically, libertarians strongly value individual freedom. Read more on what it means as a political philosophy via Britannica here.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.