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12th Nov 2015

Ronda Rousey explains why she didn’t vote for Barack Obama in 2012


Barack Obama won the vote of more than 65 million Americans at the last Presidential election, but Ronda Rousey wasn’t one of them.

Instead, Rousey was one of fewer than 70,000 to back third party candidate – and 90s comedian – Roseanne Barr.

Barr, the star of sitcom Roseanne, ran with the Peace and Freedom party and eventually finished sixth in the polls.

“Mostly I went in to vote for all the state and local things,” Rousey said.

“I was so unimpressed with the whole presidential campaign that I picked whatever third party I saw, and I saw Roseanne and thought, ‘That’s awesome’.”

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This time around, she told Maxim she is voting for Democrat hopeful Bernie Sanders.

“He doesn’t take any corporate money,” she explained. “I don’t think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests.”

If Sanders fails to get the Democrats’ go-ahead, Rousey will vote for a third party candidate again.

With Barr intent on another bid, the fighter’s endorsement may bring in more votes this time out.