Deez Nuts would like U.S. politics to be more Canadian
Guess who thinks the U.S. could learn some things about elections from Canada? Deez Nuts!
After more than a month of dodging cameras while his name rose in the polls, 15-year-old independent U.S. presidential candidate Deez Nuts has finally given his first television interview.
Iowa-based NBC affiliate KTIV published an exclusive interview with Brady Olson, the teen behind the now-viral "joke" campaign, at his home in Wallingford.
What caught our attention the most, however, were his comments about Canadian politics.
"Canada, they had a debate for their Prime Minister elections and they used a four-party debate," said Olson to reporter Sam Curtiss, noting that he'd originally filed his paperwork out of frustration with U.S. politics and to "hopefully pave the way for more like than just a two-party system."
Unlike the United States, where only the Republican and Democrats parties have representation at the federal level, Canada has 20 federally registered political parties (some of them more prominent than others.)
"I enjoy the fact that there is more than just one guy on the left and one on the right," he said. "It's weird that we only have two parties with federal representation."
While Olson is still a few decades shy of actually being eligible for presidency, he (or rather his pseudonym) has been a media fixture since filing his statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission on July 26.
Deez Nuts was found to be polling at nine per cent in North Carolina against Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump by Public Policy Polling last month, just one day before Google announced that he'd surpassed Clinton in terms of search traffic.
Search interest in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DeezNuts?src=hash">#DeezNuts</a> has surpassed <a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton">@HillaryClinton</a> on Google <a href="http://t.co/jFtXFH1oFR">pic.twitter.com/jFtXFH1oFR</a>—@GoogleTrends
The official website for Olson's campaign, elect-deez-nuts.com, indicates that he's still considering running for a nomination with one of several political parties, including the American Populist Party, the Modern Whig Party and the Rent Is Too Damn High Party.
After being asked which Canadian party he'd be most likely to support, Olson told us about his Vote Compass results.
"The New Democratic, Green, and Liberal parties came out on top for me," he said. Olson also told CBC News that he appreciated more than the political system in Canada.
"I was in Victoria, B.C., for a day last month," he said. There, he ate what he described as "the best fish and chips on the continent."
"I had eaten fish in Juneau and Sitka days earlier and Seattle afterwards," he continued, "but this topped my list."