PRESS RELEASE — FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
Ocean Springs, MS – There has been a lot of back and forth and a lot of vitriol being shared by several candidates vying for the Libertarian Party nomination for President of the United States, with regards to their participation in a televised debate in Washington, DC, with John Stossel and the International Students for Liberty conference and their participation at the Presidential Debate hosted by the Alabama and Mississippi Libertarian Parties.
This statement is in no way speaking for or against any candidate, nor against the John Stossel show or the International Students for Liberty (ISL). This is meant to lay out facts surrounding the current “hoopla” taking place.
An invitation was sent to all candidates recognized by the Libertarian National Committee, as early as November 2015, to participate in a Presidential Debate hosted by the Libertarian Parties of Alabama and Mississippi. As more candidates were added, invites were extended to them, as well. All candidates had confirmed their participation with us as soon as they were able. During the course of planning our convention, we decided to also include a series of business speakers, of which the invite was extended to both Mr. Gary Johnson and Mr. John McAfee, since they are both business owners. Both men confirmed that they would be willing to speak during this seminar series that was scheduled to take place earlier in the day.
On, or about, Thursday, February 11, 2016, I was notified that the John Stossel show invited Mr. Johnson, Mr. McAfee, and Mr. Petersen to a debate at their taping in front of the ISL. As soon as I was able to speak to Mr. Johnson’s campaign, they maintained their commitment to our event. As to the others, they said they would go to Washington and were working on coming back to Mississippi as soon as they could.
These are the facts, any decisions to attend our convention or the Stossel debate solely rest with those individual candidates. We acknowledge the Stossel debate would have been a great opportunity, but we also appreciate each candidate for honoring their commitment that they made with the MSLP and LPAL.