2008 LP Vice Presidential Candidate Wayne Root opened and closed his LPCA convention lunchtime banquet remarks on Sunday with this message: “What this Party is missing, what it needs is a chief salesman, a chief spokesman, a chief rainmaker, and that’s why I’ve announced I’m running for national chairman of the Libertarian Party.”
[Root also said:] “People ask me: ‘You’re running for national Chair, will you run for President in 2012?’ Let me give you an honest answer: I think this party right now is too disorganized to ever do well in a presidential election. And I don’t think, until I can get elected chairman and build it and organize it and be CEO of this party for a few years, I don’t think it’s worth it running for president, or senator, or anything else — you’ll get 1% of the vote. I want to seriously run for president, after I’ve been national Chair, in 2016, after I’ve built this party, and we really are structured and organized, and I have a chance to actually get 5, 10, 15 million votes. And if luck happens, and we catch fire, and we catch lightning in a bottle, and maybe even win. That’s my current game plan.”
See the article for 50 minutes of video of Root’s lunch banquet talk. See this earlier CalFreedom article for coverage of Chair candidates Mark Hinkle and Ernest Hancock, as well as Vice Chair candidate Carolyn Marbry and Treasurer candidate Aaron Starr. An audio recording of these other candidate’s presentations seems to be trapped in this reporter’s iPhone and can’t get out.