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Trevor Lyman: ‘An Idea For Gary Johnson RE: The Presidential Debates’

Trevor Lyman at Liberty Crier:

Gary Johnson needs a well produced video that includes his responses to last night’s debate questions.

With a re-cut version of the debates in hand, and with the help of the campaign, we could embark on a “liberty-movement-wide” PR blitz, telling all our friends and family that there is in fact a viable alternative to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and that Gary Johnson should be included in the debates!

Given the right video, it is very possible we could get more people to see the debate with Gary Johnson than the number of people who saw the debate without him.

And let’s not forget there are several debates coming up that we can take advantage of in the same way.

If you would like to see a professionally packaged video of Gary’s responses to the debate then please let him know by signing the petition below.


Trevor Lyman is a political activist and founder of During the 2008 Ron Paul Presidential campaign Trevor was the lead organizer of the first Ron Paul moneybombs (of Nov. 5th, and Dec. 16th, 2007) and of the Ron Paul Blimp project.

On a somewhat related note, Richard Winger writes at Ballot Access News

One of the disadvantages of both approaches (p: here and here) is that, probably, everyone interested in the presidential election prefers to watch the CPD debate live, because it is very newsworthy. Democracy Now! would probably get more viewers if it simply deleted the Obama and Romney portions, and let viewers watch the Anderson and Stein responses, so that the viewer interested in their responses isn’t forced to sit through the Obama-Romney portions all over again.

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  1. paulie paulie July 7, 2013

    All he has is a large email list.

    And he uses it well, too.

  2. Steve Steve October 5, 2012

    What Lyman has is exactly that audience that would listen from his mailing lists. Hopefully someone with some video editing skills gets it done. We did do this by the way when Johnson was excluded from some Republican debates and it was made by a professional filmmaker (same guy who made The Bubble film), we just didn’t have the distribution channel that Lyman has.

  3. paulie paulie October 5, 2012

    Also, let people know it’s coming ahead of time to build anticipation (such as it is, LOL).

    And, yes, viewing parties are another good suggestion.

  4. paulie paulie October 5, 2012

    Reason Magazine DC headquarters had an event in 2008 where the debate was watched live, but Bob Barr had a remote control and could mute it or pause it to give his perspective.

    Then they did not make good use of it. It should have been youtubed and pushed heavily through all available means – website, email list, social media.

    Videos of the whole thing, as well as individual answers.

    Do it for all of the debates, so you get time to build momentum.

  5. Michael H. Wilson Michael H. Wilson October 5, 2012

    Sounds like a movie script RC better get to writin’. Ya never know.

  6. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi October 5, 2012

    7 A, why not go one better? Rather than “just” getting arrested, GJ could cut a pound of flesh off of himself, in public, cameras rolling. Maybe he could do it outside the White House on a daily basis.

    If it bleeds, it leads. 😉

  7. Steven Wilson Steven Wilson October 5, 2012

    The idea has been tried before, but the marketing isn’t the primary problem.

    Your marketing mix still needs a distribution channel. No matter the vehicle of choice, customers need to be able to see the commercial.

    If his campaign or state chairs could organize an “audience” with live people and media to watch his responses, then the marketing mix will have merit.

    He could start a campus roundtable. Get college students to congregate in their respective quads or whatever their campuses have for a central meeting area, and set up a viewing party with live bands and poetry slams.

    Don’t control the scene, but allow the scene to be organic. When the moment arrives let Gary Johnson introduce himself with a series of responses to each one of the other candidates.

    Make sure each statement has a comparison rationale. Make sure Johnson has a counterpart for each statement. The comparison makes the pathology of difference much easier to comprehend.

    Johnson doesn’t just have a marketing problem. He has a audience problem. They cannot be treated the same.

  8. Chuck Moulton Chuck Moulton October 5, 2012

    Reason Magazine DC headquarters had an event in 2008 where the debate was watched live, but Bob Barr had a remote control and could mute it or pause it to give his perspective.

  9. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi October 4, 2012

    Hazy memory. I seem to recall an event in DC where Barr interspliced answers with JMc’s and BHO’s. I never saw the final product, though.

  10. paulie paulie October 4, 2012

    He did? I must have missed it.

    I’d be curious to see that.

  11. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi October 4, 2012

    I seem to recall Barr did something similar to Lyman’s suggestion in 08.

  12. Andy Andy October 4, 2012

    I totally agree with Trevor Lyman here. I also still think that my suggestion of Gary Johnson staging a protest at the debates and getting arrested, with the arrest being recorded and publicized by the campaign ought to be implemented as well.

  13. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt October 4, 2012

    Yes, I absolutely agree the idea is a good one, and I also appreciate Mr. Lymon talking about Gary Johnson.

  14. paulie paulie October 4, 2012

    I think Trevor Lyman has a lot more credibility than Richard Gilbert, who is a crank who files frivolous lawsuits, falsely claims to be in high level negotiations, and makes up organizations consisting only of himself such as Lawyer(s) for Ron Paul (problem being he is the only lawyer and does not represent Ron Paul). Lyman had a lot to do with the money bombs and the blimp in 2008. True he wasn’t as big a deal in 2012, but a big mailing list is something in and of itself.

    Regardless of how much of a leader Lyman is or isn’t, I think the idea is a good one and should be promoted.

  15. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt October 4, 2012

    Funny comment on Trevor, Trent. It reminds me of when, a few days after the Republican convention, I found the “Lawyers for Ron Paul” page on Facebook. The people there were utterly convinced that Ron Paul was going to announce on Leno that he was going to the Libertarian ticket, since he had an “open invitation”. I did everything I could to convince them why that couldn’t happen, and explained that I kind of did know a little about the LP, plus I’d heard it from Ron Paul’s son-in-law himself (Jesse Benton’s father-in-law) that it wasn’t going to happen. I kept trying to pinpoint who this Richard Gilbert was, who was telling everyone this. He’s the attorney who tried to sue over GOP faudulent tactics, and now I guess is suing for the right to write in people for the election. I kept asking if Mr. Gilbert represented Gary Johnson or Judge Gray, Dr. Paul or the LP, and of course the answer was no. But several people told me that well Evan Such- and-Such said so, and that apparently made it true. So, then, who is this all-so-important Evan character? I asked and asked, and finally found out he is a RonPaul delegate from Alaska. These nobdies convinced thousands of heaartbroken Ron Paul supporters that they were insiders of some sort, and knew what was going to happen.

  16. zapper zapper October 4, 2012

    This is a good idea.

  17. paulie paulie October 4, 2012

    I like his idea, though.

  18. Trent Hill Trent Hill October 4, 2012

    Lyman imagines himself a leader of the movement these days, but he really isnt. All he has is a large email list.

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