The Libertarian Party’s 1988 presidential nominee (and lifetime LP member) Ron Paul gave a brief interview back in November, in which he answered a question about not running as a third-party candidate after unsuccessfully running in the Republican presidential primaries.
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The following appeared in the May 8, 2013 edition of the Liberator Online, the official publication of The Advocates for Self-Government. Ron Paul was the Libertarian Party candidate for president in 1988 and is a lifetime LP member.
In January 2008 Paul shocked Republican audiences during the presidential debates by declaring: “We need to repeal the whole War on Drugs.
Howard Phillips was a conservative political activist who founded the Constitution Party (called the U.S. Taxpayers Party until 1999) in 1992. He passed away on April 20th at the age of 72. For many years, he hosted a TV show called the “Conservative Roundtable”. In 1997, he welcomed Congressman Ron Paul, who at that time had just reentered Congress after a 12 year break.… Read more ...
From IPR comments, original research by Larry West as to which presidential candidates are on the ballot in which states, and which ones are registered write-in candidates in which states. Larry West is the only source for this information and I have not attempted to verify or correct it, but corrections – preferably with links to sources/evidence – are welcome in the comments.… Read more ...
Here is an essay by Brian LaSorsa from Huffington Post, “Is a Vote for Ron Paul a Vote for Obama, or the Product of a Disenfranchised Right?”
In the end, though, we have meaningful questions to ask: are third-party voters betraying the Republican Party, or are these voters a product of the Republican Party betraying the ideals of small government?
Here is a Mediaite article that is in reply to a couple of Breitbart columns imploring Ron Paul supporters and L(l)ibertarians to vote for Romney. I think the article addresses libertarian/Libertarian Party dynamics enough to be of interest to IPR readers.
…Schlichter’s misunderstanding of the libertarian mentality doesn’t help, either. The first and most obvious mistake he makes is to conveniently overlook the fact that small-L libertarians are truly unconcerned with the Libertarian Party.
The Blaze reports that Mitt Romney is having a difficult time getting supporters of former presidential candidate Ron Paul and libertarians in general on his side.
Those who identify with libertarian ideas represent a sizable part of the voter base in America. In a 2006 Zogby International poll, 59 percent of respondents said “yes” to whether they would describe themselves as “fiscally conservative and socially liberal.” The poll was commissioned by David Boaz and David Kirby of the Cato Institute – a think tank dedicated to advancing principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace — who have conducted several studies together on the libertarian-leaning voter beginning with a 2006 paper where they determined through admittedly strict calculations that 13 to 15 percent of the electorate could be defined as libertarian.
Gallup recently did a nationwide presidential poll in which they included the Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode of Virginia, the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson of New Mexico, and the Green Party’s Jill Stein of Massachusetts. The results cannot, of course, compensate for ballot access–so the polling firm assumed that anyone they called was capable of voting for each candidate.… Read more ...
From Wayne Root, 2008 Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential nominee:
Wayne will be appearing on Fox & Friends, the #1 morning show on cable TV on Sunday at 7:50 AM ET/4:50 AM PT to discuss his commentary “The Party That Booed God” and why Wayne, the former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, has just resigned from the LP to re-join The Republican Party as a Tea Party Libertarian Republican, and is endorsing Mitt Romney for President of the United States.… Read more ...
From a Facebook Post on LP Radicals by a (proclaimed) member of the audience for the taping earlier today:
Just came back from (the taping of) Ron Paul on Jay Leno. Ron Paul did not endorse anyone and said a third party run was unlikely. So the news? *SPOILER ALERT* He was kind of subtle about it, but he said he needed a rest for 2016.