the local, independent U.S. presidential candidate who organized the National Independent Candidates Convention in Park City last week - isn't running for president anymore.

He's running for vice president instead - as a Republican.Dirt, also known as Robert Earl Anderson of Magna, said he was inspired at his convention to become the running mate of Isabel Masters of Oklahoma City, Okla. She said she received a revelation on a bus to run for president to promote an end to world hunger.

The two narrowly won a plurality nomination at the independents convention - which was attended only by 10 candidates and a couple of their friends.

Masters and Dirt received four votes by voting for themselves and gaining the support of candidate Irvin James Guenther and his wife Annabelle - who had stayed in Dirt's home for several days because they couldn't afford a hotel room. All the other candidates voted for themselves, Dirt said.

Despite his successful nomination, Dirt said he will "never, ever" try to organize a convention of independent candidates again "because it attracted some real weird people who were caught up with their own egos."

Also, Dirt and Masters are now running as Republicans instead of independents because they decided they must return to mainstream politics for their ideas to be taken seriously.

Dirt said his convention - which he said cost him $4,000 out of pocket - had a difficult time pulling together on any issue because candidates were interested in only their own campaigns.

"I'll never hold another convention like that again. Unfortunately, it attracted a few weird people, and all were unwilling to compromise on anything," he said. The field of candidates included a man who said he was the rightful heir of Howard Hughes and a ventriloquist who once ran his puppet for president.

Dirt said he plans to campaign for vice president in all 50 states, beginning later this month in California.

But he said it will take a lot of faith on his part because he is out of money, and hopes to find someone to donate a bus to him that would allow him to make the journey.

He said even if he doesn't win the election, he hopes his campaigning will bring more attention to the important issues that he and Masters are running for - ending world hunger and reversing world pollution.