ManhattanLP.org lists Gary Johnson, the former two term Governor of New Mexico and former candidate for the Republican nomination who switched to the Libertarian Party on December 28, as one of the guests at their upcoming convention on Saturday January 21st, along with several other candidates for the Libertarian presidential nomination – Bill Still, Carl Person and RJ Harris.
NY.LP.ORG lists additional details:
Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
140 Second Ave, New York, NY
(Between St. Marks and 9th St.)
10:30 Late registration
11:00 Convention business/election of officers
Members with 2012 dues paid may participate in the business meeting and vote in elections. To join or renew send name, address, email address, phone and $15 to Manhattan Libertarian Party, c/o Mark Axinn, 338 East 78th Street, NY, NY 10075.
OR join via the web at www.manhattanlp.org.
To Register for lunch and speakers:
Before Jan 19: $40; students $25. After Jan. 19: $55; Students $30
Send checks to Manhattan Libertarian Party, c/o Mark Axinn, 338 East 78th Street, NY, NY 10075 or via PayPal at www.manhattanlp.org.
Carl Oberg – Executive Director of the Foundation for Economic Education
Jim Babb – We Won’t Fly
The site does not yet say whether the candidates will debate each other or just each give a speech. However, at least one Manhattan LP member in IPR comments on a previous post referred to the appearances as a debate.
Additionally, the Fort Worth Telegram reports that
The Texas Libertarian Party will hold a presidential campaign debate in Grapevine next month, a local party official confirmed Wednesday.
The debate is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the DFW Airport North Outdoor World hotel in Grapevine and will be open to the public, according to John Spivey, chairman of the Tarrant County Libertarian Party. Candidates will take questions selected by a debate committee and posed by the audience.
Gary Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, has confirmed that he will attend the debate, Spivey said. Last month, Johnson quit the GOP presidential primaries to vie for the Libertarian nomination.
Candidates R.J. Harris of Oklahoma, and Roger Gary and Lee Wrights, both of Texas, will also attend the debate, Spivey said. Several other candidates running for the party’s nomination have been invited.
The party’s nominee will be selected at the national convention in Las Vegas in May. Along with Texas, where the party already has ballot access, officials have said they expect their candidate to be on the ballot in at least 45 states.
It seems that Johnson, who was excluded from most of the debates when he was seeking the Republican presidential nomination, is not shy about debating other candidates for the Libertarian nomination.
In 2008, former Republican Congressman Bob Barr did not officially announce for the Libertarian nomination until the day after the last state convention, and did not appear in debates with most of the other candidates (except for one joint forum with Wayne Root and Mike Gravel). He also was the only candidate to skip all of the informal debates at the LP national convention, appearing only in the CSPAN televised debate.