According to this article, one of the raging topics at the Libertarian Party National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, is how best to reach out to, and benefit from, tea party membership.
Whether and how to woo Tea Party followers to their party is one of the big issues at the Libertarian Party national convention this weekend in downtown St. Louis.
Should Libertarians bend their principles for the votes of Tea Party followers, who may agree with them on some financial issues but sharply disagree on social policy; or do they focus on long-held principles that may not hold as much appeal among mainstream voters?
Libertarians, the nation’s largest third party, loathe a big government and accumulating national debt, but support abortion rights and gay marriage while opposing military foreign intervention and the war on drugs. In the Aug. 3 Missouri primary, 26 Libertarians are seeking nomination for state offices.
The debate is probably one reason that the convention drew 500 people, about 200 more than those who came to the last nonpresidential election year four years ago, Wes Benedict, the national party’s executive director, said on Saturday.
The rest of the article quotes former Presidential candidate and Congressmen Bob Barr, former Vice Presidential candidate and current chair candidate Wayne Root, chair candidate George Phillies, California Libertarian Party officer Matthew Shannon, and Kansas delegate Chris Nowicki.