Wayne Allyn Root: Sports Handicapping Infomercial Pitchman and Candidate for Vice President

Everyone knows that campaign 2008 saw a major party presidential candidate make himself into an infomercial star by buying time to air a TV infomercial simultaneously on several networks.

But in addition to a presidential candidate who made himself into an infomercial pitchman, did you know that there was an infomercial pitchman who made himself into a candidate for Vice President of the United States?

The Libertarian Party nominated former congressman Bob Barr for president, and for the office of vice president, Wayne Allyn Root.

By profession, Wayne Allyn Root is a sports handicapper who runs the website To promote his website, Mr. Root regularly appears on TV infomercials. I wrote about Wayne Allyn Root’s commercial in the post Winning Edge and the Return of the Sports Handicapping Infomercial. Root’s infomercial tries hard to disguise itself as a legitimate sports talk show and is much more sophisticated than earlier infomercials touting sports handicapping services. You can see Wayne Allyn Root in the following clip from his infomercial:

And here is a video of Wayne Allyn Root campaigning for high office:

You can see more of Wayne Allyn Root’s valiant campaign efforts at his website (It’s a play on words. Get it?)

I don’t know how many votes the Barr-Root ticket received, but I think that other candidate with a TV infomercial did a little bit better.


  • 4 Responses to “Wayne Allyn Root: Sports Handicapping Infomercial Pitchman and Candidate for Vice President”

  • Too bad I didn’t know about this before the election, it would have changed my vote LOL!

    Maybe other infomercial guys will run for political office. I can’t wait to vote for a Matthew Lesko/Ron Popeil ticket in 2012!

    Comment by aimhire on November 13, 2008 at 11:28 am

  • Klee Irwin: Secretary of the Interior!

    Comment by Mel on November 17, 2008 at 2:26 am

  • Following Mel: Kevin Trudeau for Homeland Security & Counter Terrorism, and Donald Barrett for External Affairs.

    Comment by Znkp on January 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

  • What about Tom Vu and Bridgetta running for office in two years? Tom will probably have her wear a bikini and boots or something like that.

    Comment by John on March 14, 2010 at 10:13 am