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Waymire Drops Out, Endorses McAfee

Waymire (right) with McAfee. Image: Waymire’s Facebook
A couple weeks ago (April 13), citing “circumstances beyond my control,” two-time Libertarian Party presidential candidate Joy Waymire dropped her 2016 bid for president and endorsed former rival John McAfee.

“I prefer his simplified way of communicating his views,” said Waymire of McAfee, “But regardless of whom the nominee is, I will support any of the candidates chosen as the nominee except for one.”

IPR asked Waymire to identify the one candidate she would not support, but she did not immediately respond.

Waymire also announced she plans to run again for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in 2020 and asked supporters to let her know within the next two years if they want to join her 2020 campaign team.

“So here’s to 2020,” toasts Waymire, “when we finally take the ‘Bull by the Horns’ and turn an impossibility into a reality!”


  1. George Phillies George Phillies April 26, 2016

    Bravo, Joy! Do well in 2000!

  2. Andy Andy April 26, 2016

    Stop the presses everyone. JOY WAYMIRE JUST DROPPED OUT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE! Somebody call CNN.

  3. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt April 26, 2016

    She dropped out two weeks ago. I also wish her well for 2020.

  4. Steven Wilson Steven Wilson April 26, 2016

    I have never understood the role of “endorsements” to a group of people who believe in individual sovereignty.

  5. Cal Cal April 26, 2016

    Joy Waymire is legit insane. I met her in 2012 and she told me the air force communicates with her through clouds.

  6. Caryn Ann Harlos Caryn Ann Harlos April 26, 2016

    Miss Joy is a sweet sweet lady.

  7. Cal Cal April 26, 2016

    I agree, she is very sweet. However, she should not be a figurehead for the party and should not be in leadership positions.

  8. Andy Andy April 26, 2016

    John McAfee should be considered to be the front runner for the nomination after this endorsement from Joy Waymire.

  9. Willie Veranzano Willie Veranzano April 26, 2016

    McAfee was already the frontrunner. Now with this crucial endorsement he has sealed the deal and becomes the presumptive nominee. At this point, the other campaigns are basically just angling for cabinet posts in the McAfee administration.

  10. Freudian slip Freudian slip April 26, 2016

    This is a game changer for sure.

  11. Stewart Flood Stewart Flood April 26, 2016

    I thought that guy who wears 19th century military uniforms was the front runner. Or has he dropped out and endorsed Custer?

  12. Andy Andy April 27, 2016

    The guy in the Cavalry uniform tried to get LNC Chairman Nicholas Sarwark to be his VP running mate, but Chairman Sarwark turned him down.

  13. Willie Veranzano Willie Veranzano April 27, 2016

    That was a crushing blow to the guy in the 19th century uniform, who was the other major competition McAfee had left, along with Ms. Waymire. With both of his chief opponents gone – Miss Waymire dropping out and endorsing him, and the 19th century guy crippled and metaphorically dragging a bloody infected stump without his VP choice – McAfee’s nomination will be little more than a coronation, making official what has already been in effect decided.

  14. Stewart Flood Stewart Flood April 27, 2016

    I agree with everyone that she is an interesting, but clearly out of the box candidate. The time he spent getting her endorsement, and therefore probably all of the [insert number between zero and one] delegates supporting her, well…there were better uses of that time.

    But giving her a little dignity by accepting her endorsement does show a bit of class.

  15. Fred Fred April 27, 2016

    That endorsement will net him a vote.

  16. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn April 27, 2016

    Nice to see John in jacket and tie. Necessary if he wants to look Presidential.

    I do not know Joy, but she did email me and seems like a nice lady and devoted libertarian. I agree with the implications above that she would not have been the right choice for our Party, but that was never gonna happen.

  17. Stewart Flood Stewart Flood April 27, 2016

    She is a nice lady. I am pretty sure I gave her a ride to the train station from one of the DC LNC meetings years ago. Very nice person, but not someone I’d pick as a candidate for POTUS.

  18. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp April 30, 2016

    Other people’s sarcasm aside, I do think that Miss Waymire’s endorsement will have positive results for McAfee. Not HUGE positive results, but it might be one of the things that pulls a few undecided delegates off the fence on his side. Here’s why:

    No, there is no huge Joy Waymire for President movement inside or outside the LP. In fact, most people who’ve met her seem to think she’s, well, a bit weird. But they also think — as a few people state above — that she is a nice person, a real libertarian and someone who’s supported the party in her own way for years.

    It probably took John McAfee 30 seconds to be gracious to her, let her get his picture taken with him, and acknowledge her as a human being. That’s what probably got her endorsement. And then he spent perhaps another minute acknowledging that endorsement in a way that treats her with dignity.

    To put it a different way, people who notice this minute and a half will be noticing that John McAfee seems to be A NICE PERSON. That’s not a game-changer in general, but it sure as hell doesn’t hurt, and taken together with other things it can have an effect.

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