Elon Musk wants ‘more centrist candidates to be elected’ in office

Billionaire Elon Musk has provided a fresh glimpse into his political views ahead of the 2022 midterm elections – revealing his support for electing “centrist candidates” to office.

Musk detailed his stance during a Twitter exchange with former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who also staged an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of New York City.

Yang asked Musk, who is in talks to buy Twitter, whether he would consider implementing a “ranking choice” poll on the social media platform. In rank-choice voting, voters rank their selection or candidates in order of preference.

“Hey @elonmusk can you implement #RankedChoiceVoting for Twitter polls? This will be a game changer for many. Thank you!!” Yang said in a message to Musk.

“Is this a reference to the open primary? I think it’s a good idea,” Musk replied. “I’m in favor of anything that will result in more centrist candidates being elected!”

Musk reiterated his preference for centrist candidates in response to a Twitter user who shared a CNBC chart showing the Tesla CEO splits his political donations equally between Republicans and Democrats.

“I will donate to centrist candidates from both parties,” Musk tweeted.

Musk has become more vocal on his political views in recent months following sharp backlash from left-wing politicians and pundits following his attempt to buy Twitter. Liberals have expressed concern that the billionaire’s pledge to renew Twitter’s focus on free speech would allow more hateful and abusive content on the platform.

Last month, Musk indicated that he had leaned toward Democratic candidates in the past, but would no longer support the party in the upcoming elections.

“I voted Democrats in the past, because they were (mostly) the kind party,” Musk said at the time. “But they have become a party of division and hatred, so I can no longer support them and vote Republican.”

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Elon Musk said he plans to donate to centrists in both parties.
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“Now, look at their dirty tricks campaign against me…”, he said.

A day later, Musk said he would prefer to support a third, more moderate party, rather than a Republican or Democrat.

“A more moderate party on all issues than reps or dems would be ideal,” Musk tweeted.

“That’s what most people in America want, but unfortunately it’s not realistic,” he said.

Musk also revealed a mixed stance on gun control after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas that killed 21 people, including 19 children.

Musk called for “strict background checks,” even as he defended the Second Amendment as a necessary check against political tyranny.

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