This thread is for the purpose of a discussion/debate among declared candidates for the 2016 Libertarian Party presidential nomination and members of the IPR comment community. Lurkers and new people are welcome to join in (first comment under a screen name/email address combination and any comment containing more than one link is automatically moderated). I’ve invited three candidates seeking the nomination who have had their own threads at IPR:
Darryl Perry has been an IPR regular commenter, and author of numerous articles posted here, as well as a declared candidate for the LP 2016 presidential nomination since IPR’s inception in 2008 (Darryl was not old enough to run in 2012).
Dr. Feldman has accepted an invitation to this discussion in a comment on his thread linked above. Darryl Perry accepted via FB message, but also said he earlier replied to my email, which I did not receive. I also did not see a reply from Mr. Dunham, although it is possible his reply was somehow garbled by my email as Mr. Perry’s apparently was. In any case, I will send him a link to this discussion along with the others and he is free to join in or not as he wishes.
Supporters of None Of The Above (not having a candidate for president) are welcome to participate in this discussion and make their case as well, since NOTA is a candidate in the actual election that will take place by LP delegates at the national convention in Orlando, FL in 2016.
Before anyone asks, Gov. Johnson and any other rumored/possible/likely candidates are treated separately for the purpose of this thread, as are any candidates for other parties’ nominations who are not seeking the LP nomination, or anyone working on a campaign for 2020 or beyond, or seeking an office other than US President. I have not invited any candidates besides the three named above, but additional candidates can join the discussion, or we can start new ones in the future. I see no reason to have formal rules for the discussion, other than common sense ones, given that there is no time constraint as in a TV or radio debate (well, sixteen months or so). The candidates and members of the audience will participate on an equal basis, and no one is under any obligation to reply to anything they don’t want to address.
If there are any additional questions about the format or participants please put them in the comments, where the actual discussion will take place.