America’s Libertarians promise a wild, wide-ranging debate in Biloxi
By Paul Hampton
February 24, 2016
Voters who think the Republicans and Democrats have put up eclectic fields of candidates probably haven’t been paying attention to the Libertarian presidential hopefuls.
The 11-person race — which comprises an Internet security pioneer and one-time “person of interest” in a murder case, a B-movie producer, an author, a fellow who wants donations in Bitcoin, another who has run for public office under two different names, one who wants $2,500 or nothing, an anesthesiologist, a unity candidate, a pro-peace candidate who only recently learned of the Libertarians, one who promises to restore ice cream and cake to public school lunchrooms, and a former governor of New Mexico — will be on full display at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a debate at the Beau Rivage.
Like Republican Donald Trump, John McAfee, who made a fortune with the Internet security company McAfee Associates, hasn’t had much trouble getting press. After he sold his interest in the company, he lived for a few years in Belize until he fled in 2012 when authorities there tried to question him about the death of a neighbor. He was arrested and deported by Guatemalan authorities a few weeks later. He lives in Opelika, Ala. He was back in the news last week when he offered to decrypt an iPhone that had belonged to the San Bernardino terrorist killers after Apple refused to help the feds.
McAfee has said he ideas align with Libertarians, especially his belief government is too big and welfare is one of its biggest problems.
Probably better known in political circles is Gary Johnson, who served as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003 and ran as a Libertarian for president in 2012. He receive a little less than 1 percent of the vote.