A coalition of Democrats, Republicans and independents from around the US has created a new group in the hopes of reducing political partisanship.
About 1,000 people joined the group, called No Labels, in New York for its first meeting at Columbia University.
Independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia were among those who attended the event.
The group says it hopes to have an impact on the 2012 presidential vote.
The founders of the organisation claim No Labels is not a third political party but rather a home for those in the US who have felt homeless amid the recent growth of both liberal groups and the Tea Party movement.
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