Open Thread for Questions for the Libertarian Party’s Vice-Presidential Candidates

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Will Coley has agreed to an interview for Independent Political Report. What would you like to know from him?

Please leave any questions for any of the vice-presidential candidates. Hopefully, we’ll have another person or two to interview before the convention at the end of May, when the presidential and vice-presidential candidates will be selected by the delegates.

11 thoughts on “Open Thread for Questions for the Libertarian Party’s Vice-Presidential Candidates

  1. Michelle Catlin

    Question for Will Coley.

    During Darryl Perry’s announcement that he would select you as running mate some people felt disappointed at what seemed like pandering to identity politics, as your religious views seemed to take priority over your merit and work.

    Do you believe that your religious identity will play a role in your campaign if chosen as the VP? And with Islam being often too quickly associated with the political ideology of Islamism do you believe your identity could cause stigma and distrust among libertarians who fear your religion might conflict with their views on liberty?

  2. Thomas L. Knapp

    Question for any and all vice-presidential candidates who have been publicly identified as the “running mates” of presidential candidates:

    If your presidential “running mate” is not nominated, do you intend to remain a candidate for the vice-presidential nomination?

  3. Jim F.

    Are you a convert to Islam, or where your parents Muslim? If you are a convert, do you think that has any difference in attempting to reach out to American Muslims to join the LIbertairan Party, positive or negative? Is a “White Guy” with a European sounding name treated any differently than someone of Arabic decision in your community?

    If the delegates were to Choose a McAfee/Coley ticket, one of you would have to move out of Tennessee and register to vote at your new home to be constitutionally eligible. Where would you move?

  4. Thomas L. Knapp

    “If the delegates were to Choose a McAfee/Coley ticket, one of you would have to move out of Tennessee and register to vote at your new home to be constitutionally eligible.”

    That’s actually not the case. All the Constitution says is that the electors from Tennessee would not be able to vote for both of them. That doesn’t affect their eligibility to serve. If they win, but by less than the margin of Tennessee’s electoral votes, it would of course fall on one of them to move before the electoral college votes, which is about a month after the election.

  5. Steven Wilson

    First, good luck on your race.

    Second, out of all the monikers you could’ve used to describe yourself (gender, employment, hobbies, etc.), why does religion play a primary role in defining you or presenting you as a candidate? Perry made a fairly big deal your religion before and during his announcement.

    Third, if you win the election, will you refuse to pledge full allegiance to the constitution on religious grounds as the Qur’an does not allow for duality?

    Fourth, as a Muslim, do you wish to see a theocratic state in the US like the one currently in Iran?

  6. sparkey

    For all candidates with a running mate: What is your biggest point of disagreement with your running mate?

    For all candidates: Where do you place yourself on the purist/pragmatist scale?

  7. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Is there anything else you’d like for me to ask the vice-presidential candidates? I’ll try to send these questions over to the candidates tonight or tomorrow.

  8. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I never pursued this because no one seemed terribly interested. However, I will be sending a questionaire out to the vice-presidential candidates in a few days.

    Does anyone have anything you’d like for me to ask?

  9. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I will be sending these questions out later today or tomorrow. Any more suggestions?

    I’ve written to all the vp candidates (I think), and most have agreed to be interviewed.

  10. Jerry Crowe

    I’ve listened to many of the Johnson/Weld presidential interviews by different networks. One of the questions is usually about the military and foreign policy. Also about your non-regime change policy. The human rights violations in Syria have led to one of the largest exodus events in modern history. Would you be willing to work with Russia/China in Syria and back Assad as a world reconized leader to stop the bloodshed. I dont agree with Assad or like him but believe the only way to stop the bloodshed is to back him. I also don’t agree with Trump or Clinton on Syria. As Americans the current state of Slavery, murder, theft and oppression by ISIS is and should be unacceptable to us. It would seem that working with Russia, China and Assad to stop the bloodshed should be of the upmost importance.  

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