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Libertarian Party: CPD decides to make their first debates irrelevant
In spite of polls showing that 54-76 percent of voters want Libertarian Gov. Gary Johnson included in debates, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced that it will not include Johnson in the September 26 debate, nor will it include Gov. William Weld in the October 4 vice presidential debate.They announced this today, late on a Friday afternoon, known in the spin world as the best time to release news that one wishes to bury.In their attempt to bolster the chances of the two most hated presidential candidates in American history, the Commission’s decision makes a mockery of their stated mission to "provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.”The American people overwhelmingly want to find out more about Gary Johnson, the most qualified candidate for President, and the only candidate, other than the two corrupt old party bullies, who will be on the ballot in all fifty states, plus D.C., giving every single American the opportunity to vote for him.Not having Gov. Johnson on the stage for the first debate turns it from the Super Bowl of politics into the Pro Bowl of politics; boring and unwatchable.The CPD is controlled by Democrats and Republicans. The only thing worse than supporting either of their nominees is colluding against the American people to support both of them.The Libertarian Party will be calling on the sponsors of the CPD to withdraw their support for what has become a campaign commercial for bullies on September 26.The party will also continue to work around the CPD’s September 26 debate, which has become increasingly irrelevant.
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Virginia paper endorses Gary Johnson
Alexandria – The primary newspaper of record for the state of Virginia, The Richmond Times-Dispatch has announced its endorsement of Libertarian Gary Johnson for U.S. President. Richmond is also the hometown of Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine. The editorial board gave a robust and enthusiastic endorsement stating,
"...there's no doubt that Johnson belongs in the major leagues, and on the debate stage this fall. He is a skilled and experienced leader, an able communicator, an intelligent man."
On policy and views, the Times-Dispatch highlighted this quote from Johnson in their interview with him:
"I think we're reflecting what 60 percent of Americans believe right now, broadly speaking — that being, fiscally conservative, smaller government, combined with being socially inclusive — and combined with a skepticism on our foreign policy, which doesn't seem to be making things better."
On the two old party candidates and electoral politics this cycle, the Times-Dispatch wrote:
"Much of the country is distressed by the presidential candidates offered by the two conventional political parties. And for good reason. Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton meets the fundamental moral and professional standards we have every right to expect of an American president. Fortunately, there is a reasonable — and formidable — alternative."
The full endorsement can be read here.
Open Letter to IAVA from Libertarian National Committee Chair
Dear Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America,
Perhaps you can provide details about why you've chosen to exclude from your forum only one of the three candidates for President who will be on every American's ballot. I didn't see those details in any of your announcements.
The Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson, is very popular with veterans and it is shameful for your organization to seemingly randomly deny the veterans you purport to serve the opportunity to hear from all of their choices for Commander-in-Chief.
I look forward to either an invite or an explanation from your organization. I believe a great many Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans are looking for the same.
Yours in liberty,
Chair, Libertarian National Committee