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Libertarian Party of Mississippi: Statement on “hoopla” over Biloxi debate

PRESS RELEASE — FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

Ocean Springs, MS – There has been a lot of back and forth and a lot of vitriol being shared by several candidates vying for the Libertarian Party nomination for President of the United States, with regards to their participation in a televised debate in Washington, DC, with John Stossel and the International Students for Liberty conference and their participation at the Presidential Debate hosted by the Alabama and Mississippi Libertarian Parties.

This statement is in no way speaking for or against any candidate, nor against the John Stossel show or the International Students for Liberty (ISL). This is meant to lay out facts surrounding the current “hoopla” taking place.

An invitation was sent to all candidates recognized by the Libertarian National Committee, as early as November 2015, to participate in a Presidential Debate hosted by the Libertarian Parties of Alabama and Mississippi. As more candidates were added, invites were extended to them, as well. All candidates had confirmed their participation with us as soon as they were able. During the course of planning our convention, we decided to also include a series of business speakers, of which the invite was extended to both Mr. Gary Johnson and Mr. John McAfee, since they are both business owners. Both men confirmed that they would be willing to speak during this seminar series that was scheduled to take place earlier in the day.

On, or about, Thursday, February 11, 2016, I was notified that the John Stossel show invited Mr. Johnson, Mr. McAfee, and Mr. Petersen to a debate at their taping in front of the ISL. As soon as I was able to speak to Mr. Johnson’s campaign, they maintained their commitment to our event. As to the others, they said they would go to Washington and were working on coming back to Mississippi as soon as they could.

These are the facts, any decisions to attend our convention or the Stossel debate solely rest with those individual candidates. We acknowledge the Stossel debate would have been a great opportunity, but we also appreciate each candidate for honoring their commitment that they made with the MSLP and LPAL.

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20 Comments

  1. Andy Craig Andy Craig Post author | February 13, 2016

    Looking forward to more complaints about how biased this headline is because I didn’t copy-paste it from Petersen’s spam blasts.

  2. P.J. Sullivan P.J. Sullivan February 13, 2016

    This isn’t a very well-crafted release. I follow the LP pretty closely, and I can’t tell what the backstory is here. Those in the media or those not engaged in the LP are likely to be baffled.

  3. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp February 13, 2016

    I don’t think the release was bad — it was clearly internally directed at the LP.

    Pretty classy handling by MSLP.

  4. wolfefan wolfefan February 13, 2016

    It’s a fine headline. Passive-aggression does not suit you well.

  5. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp February 13, 2016

    I found it odd that of all headlines, etc. to criticize Andy Craig for, Chuck Moulton chose such a perfect example of a fair, objective, informative headline. So I can see why Andy is still a bit … well, “WTF?” … over it.

    I can think of things to criticize Andy over. And I would, if I was doing the work here that gave me standing to criticize him for doing it differently than I would do it. But I’m not doing the work. He is.

  6. Richard Winger Richard Winger February 13, 2016

    I read the press release once (not very carefully) and just didn’t understand it.

  7. Matt Cholko Matt Cholko February 13, 2016

    While this may technically be a press release, it is clearly aimed at party insiders. Its basically a clarification of facts, as known to the MSLP.

  8. Caryn Ann Harlos Caryn Ann Harlos February 14, 2016

    ==Looking forward to more complaints about how biased this headline is because I didn’t copy-paste it from Petersen’s spam blasts.==

    Shame on you Andy;). You know that we must always be the mouthpiece for attention-mongering attacks manipulated by a campaign of insults.

    What ever were you thinking?

    Class act Mississippi. Kudos. Thank you for raising the level of discourse.

    Yes this was clearly internal. And I as a Party member appreciate it greatly.

  9. Rhett Rhett February 14, 2016

    The 2016 Presidential election campaign is about Colonialism, or if you prefer “Neo-Colonialism”

  10. Chuck Moulton Chuck Moulton February 14, 2016

    I’m not sure what the point of this press release is. As far as I can tell it brings no new facts to light — except perhaps that invitations were issued in November, but that’s a strawman because no one was claiming MS / AL didn’t make organizational plans months in advance.

    Is this supposed to be some sort of “smoking gun” exonerating Gary Johnson for pissing away an unprecedented media opportunity? It’s a lot of irrelevant hand waving.

    The facts are these:

    Gary Johnson had a choice between a) participating in a pre-nomination Libertarian debate in front of a studio audience of 1,000 – 2,000 young libertarian prospects moderated by respected libertarian journalist John Stossel and televised on the national cable news network Fox Business which has hosted 2 major party debates or b) participate in a pre-nomination Libertarian debate in front of an audience of 60 LP members with a guy who wears a union civil war uniform which may or may not be webcast to another 30 LP members.

    Gary Johnson chose B over A because he didn’t want to share a national media stage with his opponents elevating their stature and he’s an ego driven vanity candidate who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about growing the Libertarian Party.

    Any Libertarian who cares about growing the LP should consider this choice a disqualifying blunder.

  11. NewFederalist NewFederalist February 14, 2016

    To quote that famous American, Rodney King… “Can’t we all just get along?”

  12. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp February 14, 2016

    NewFed,

    You know better than that.

    I have a theory that Chuck is way in the tank for Johnson and trying to help him with these ham-handed, over-the-top attacks. Heck, he’s starting to make ME consider supporting Johnson.

  13. NewFederalist NewFederalist February 14, 2016

    Really? Wowsers! I’m still waiting for the biggest surprise of this political season to hit like a tsunami and leave the LP with a truly credible principled ticket that is well funded and incredibly articulate.

  14. P.J. Sullivan P.J. Sullivan February 14, 2016

    If it’s not directed at the news media, it’s not a news release.

  15. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp February 14, 2016

    This just in: Thanks to Chuck Moulton for sitting down with IPR’s Madrid correspondent earlier today for an interview concerning his views on Gary Johnson and Andy Craig.

  16. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt February 14, 2016

    Thomas, which one is the “spitting goat”?

  17. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp February 14, 2016

    To the best of my knowledge, IPR has never hired a goat as a correspondent. Or if we did, Augustus Invictus stole it and sacrificed it. But you didn’t hear that from me.

  18. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn February 15, 2016

    >Or if we did, Augustus Invictus stole it and sacrificed it.

    I am laughing too hard to type!

  19. Art Olivier Art Olivier February 15, 2016

    “Gary Johnson didn’t want to share a national media stage with his opponents elevating their stature and he’s an ego driven vanity candidate who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about growing the Libertarian Party.”
    This sounds like baseless speculation.

  20. Steve Scheetz Steve Scheetz February 16, 2016

    “To the best of my knowledge, IPR has never hired a goat as a correspondent. Or if we did, Augustus Invictus stole it and sacrificed it. But you didn’t hear that from me.”

    I am having a difficult time typing at the moment… LMAO! I really only wanted to write about how I hate having to defend Gary Johnson, but seriously, enough with the Johnson beating! There will be plenty of opportunities for Johnson beating in the up coming debates, and in Orlando.

    This has been a public service announcement…

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

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