The Jack News series of articles on potential 2020 Libertarian Presidential candidates covers Mary Ruwart

Excerpt from The Jack News as part of their series on possible candidates for the LP 2020 Presidential nomination:

While not widely known outside the Libertarian Party, Mary Ruwart has been a familiar presence to party insiders for decades.

A pharmacological researcher by profession, Ruwart has three times sought a place on the Libertarian Party’s presidential ticket. She sought the vice-presidential nomination in both 1984 and 1992, and the presidential nomination in 2008.

She is best known for being the runner-up to former Republican Congressman Bob Barr in the 2008 presidential contest. After six dramatic and contentious ballots in a crowded field, Ruwart was ultimately the last candidate standing in opposition to Barr.

Barr’s campaign went on to become a disappointment, finishing fourth – behind Barack Obama, John McCain, and Ralph Nader – with 523,686 votes, or 0.4 percent of the total. And he has become a fairly unpopular figure within the radical element of the Libertarian Party membership. Yet, many have fond memories of Ruwart as the alternative candidate, representing the party’s ideals and what might have been.

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13 thoughts on “The Jack News series of articles on potential 2020 Libertarian Presidential candidates covers Mary Ruwart

  1. paulie

    Is somebody just making shit up?

    Of course!

    It’s 2017. We don’t even know who a lot of 2018 candidates will be yet, much less 2020.

    Speculating about who will run for the nomination in 2020 may be fun, but it’s not very serious. For the vast majority of presidential elections in the LP’s history no one could have predicted 3 years earlier who the leading candidates would be. Off the top of my head the only exceptions were when there was widespread expectation that Browne and Johnson would run again, but even then, who could have predicted 3 years out who the leading challengers to them would be?

  2. George Dance

    Sorry, I posted this to the wrong thread

    You know, it might be time to run a ‘homegrown’ libertarian ticket in 2020. One thing Johnson and Weld undeniably accomplished is to get the LP into the mainstream media in 2016; because of that, the party will be covered as much if not more in 2019 and 2020 simply for being there.

    The LP has a reputation for being predominantly a group of white males. It would be a dramatic symbol, and a worthy hook for the media to write about, for it to shed that by nominating a ticket without any; either Ruwart/Sharpe or Sharpe/Ruwart.

    In fact, a Sharpe-Ruwart contest for the nomination might even be worthy in itself, as an LP version of the famed Clinton-Obama contest.

    Of course, it would make Ruwart more credible if she were to pick up some political experience, by running for something in 2018. Running for POTUS is not an entry-level job.

  3. Anthony Dlugos

    “a worthy hook for the media to write about…either Ruwart/Sharpe or Sharpe/Ruwart.”

    That would last about 2 seconds in media time, then be totally forgotten.

  4. Andy

    Which is an example of why libertarians should support, and help build, the alternative media, which is easier to do than ever in this day and age of the internet.

    If the mainstream, or “lamestream” (to borrow a phrase from Ernie Hancock)) media won’t give us fair coverage, the neck with them. We will build our own media and bypass them.

  5. Andy

    McKinney started the campaign process too late, and by the time her campaign got going, it was too late to get on the ballot in some states.

    The alternative media has grown a lot since 2008, and there are more people than ever on the internet.

    The mainstream media is never going to treat non-establishment chosen candidates fairly and that is all there is to it. We can either sit around and whine about this, or we can take proactive steps to do something about it.

  6. Jill Pyeatt

    Which is an example of why libertarians should support, and help build, the alternative media, which is easier to do than ever in this day and age of the internet.

    This is not the case. Facebook, Google and Youtube are banding together to try to prevent the alternative/disobedient media from being heard. So, people like Zuckerberg, a globalist who is apparently considering a 2020 presidential run, Jeff Bezos, the owner of Washington Post, and similar people will decide what Americans should read and listen to. This is a very, very serious development which could complete the demise of our country. I am not being dramatic. People need to be able to do their own research to decide what they believe the truth is.

  7. Andy

    Jill, I agree that there is an attempt to stifle speech and dissent on these platforms, but even so, there is still a ton of good content there (at least for now, anyway).

    Also, there are other up and coming online platforms that could end up replacing the ones you mentioned, especially if they go too far with censorship.

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