Aaron Russo was a potential presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party in 2004. Although he lost to Michael Badnarik, many of the issues he spoke about remain relevant today. In honor of his birthday, here is a movie he made in 2006. He died of cancer in 2007.
Here is the Wikipedia verbiage on the 2004 campaign:
In January 2004, Russo declared his candidacy for the President of the United States initially as an independent but then as a Libertarian. At the Libertarian National Convention in May 2004, Russo received 258 votes to Michael Badnarik’s 256 votes and Gary Nolan’s 246 votes, short of the majority required to receive the presidential nomination. Russo would eventually lose the nomination on the convention’s third and final ballot to Badnarik by a vote of 423–344.
Thanks to Beth Duensing for pointing this birthday out on Facebook.