Familiar Names Announced for 2020 Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum

I have received the names of the presidential candidates scheduled to participate in the 2020 Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum this Tuesday at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.  Participants include several candidates familiar to those of us who follow third party and independent politics, including former college football coach (and 2012 Constitution Party and Reform Party presidential candidate) http://admissions.iuhs.edu/?page_id=viagra-results see language diversity essay cheap mba essay ghostwriter sites au thesis binders edinburgh get link writing an effective essay introduction https://bigsurlandtrust.org/care/prednisone-canadian-pharmacy/20/ viagra italy https://unsdn.org/2020/how-to-write-a-cover-letter-for-sales-manager-position/70/ viagra para que serve microbiology case study help https://pittsburghgreenstory.com/newyork/guide-to-thesis-writing-by-alipio-garcia/15/ kellogg essays homework help french immersion can you buy cialis safely online https://www.go-gba.org/25263-persuasive-essay-about-recycling/ good topics for writing an essay source site thesis for an acceptance speech buy school papers guide to write an essay herbal viagra powder https://www.newburghministry.org/spring/custom-writing-service/20/ https://geneseelandlordassoc.org/category/essay-on-hamlet/44/ cialis 5mg australia sample research paper topic https://creativephl.org/pills/non-prescription-alternative-to-lasix/33/ star writing paper follow site writing essay outline examples Robby Wells, trans-humanist (and former 2020 Libertarian Party presidential candidate) Zoltan Istvan, and others.

The Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum is an quadrennial event held at Saint Anselm College since 1972 by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, which invites the lesser-known presidential candidates who qualify for either the Democratic or Republican New Hampshire primary ballot.  Archives of previous events (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) can be found at C-SPAN.org.

In previous events, fringe and eccentric candidates, often more familiar to us than the public at large, have provided memorable moments.  Notably, at the 2012 event (held in December 2011) performance artist (and current candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential nomination) Vermin Supreme glitter bombed” anti-abortion activist (and 2012 independent presidential candidate) Randall Terry.  In 2016 (at which Supreme was barred due to the previous incident), businessman (and current 2020 Republican presidential candidate) Rocky De La Fuente met fellow candidate, attorney Michael Steinberg, and the two later went on to form the Reform Party’s 2016 presidential ticket.

What might the 2020 event have in store?

As sent to me from New Hampshire Institute of Politics Event Communications Specialist Alexis Soucy, the 2020 participants (with campaign websites linked if available at Politics1.com) are as follows:

DEMOCRATS

Robby Wells

REPUBLICANS

Zoltan Istvan

Along with Robby Wells on the Democratic side and Zoltan Istvan (Gyurko) on the Republican side, readers may recognize Democrats Sam Sloan and Mark Stewart.

Sam Sloan

Sloan is a chess master who sought the 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nomination and received two write-in votes at the 2012 Libertarian National Convention.  He also ran for the Democratic Party presidential nomination last cycle and participated in the 2016 Lesser-Known Candidates Forum.

Mark Stewart

Stewart sought the Libertarian Party’s Vice Presidential nomination at the 2016 National Convention and received one write-in vote.  Like Sloan, he ran for president as a Democrat in 2016 and participated in that year’s lesser-known candidates forum.

The 2020 Lesser-Known Candidates Forum takes place Tuesday, January 28 at Saint Anselm College starting at 5:00 p.m. EST.  Past events have been live-streamed on YouTube.

Holly Ramer of The Associated Press, John DiStaso of WMUR-TV, Josh McElveen of McElveen Strategies, LLC, and Mike Memoli of NBC News will moderate the forum.

The event is being live-streamed on the WMUR-TV website.

24 thoughts on “Familiar Names Announced for 2020 Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum

  1. LORENZ KRAUS

    The forum is rigged.

    I’m a candidate.

    kraus2020.com

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2020/01/13/the-weird-world-dark-horse-candidate/CreCcx32GZsIDZ1Ffkk4pM/story.html

    I was invited. Then Neil Levesque pulled my invitation for political reasons. My campaign is good faith nationalism against Trump and the deep state. Why deny a candidate with real views and solutions a seat?

    If St. Anslem’s receives PUBLIC FUNDING, then every candidate has a RIGHT to a debate seat.

    What kind of dictatorship are they running here?

    The other candidates ought to stand up for free speech, and boycott the event, until my invitation is reinstated.

    Otherwise, they have no business being president.

    If you can’t stand up to gatekeeper Neil Levesque for free speech, you never will.

    -LORENZ KRAUS

  2. William Saturn Post author

    I’ve been investigating the above matter and it appears this is clear cut viewpoint discrimination. Unlike Vermin Supreme who was excluded in 2016 due to behavior issues (glitter bombing), Mr. Kraus is being denied from the forum entirely because of the far right views he expressed on his website. The New Hampshire Institute of Politics has opened a forum for speech and cannot deny candidates the right to speak based on viewpoint. This fundamentally violates the first amendment right to free speech.

  3. paulie

    If they are not government funded they should be free to invite or not invite whoever they want. Free speech does not include the right to anyone else’s printing press, microphone, computer server, meeting hall, or forum or platform of any sort.

  4. William Saturn Post author

    They do receive federal funding. Moreover with their role in hosting candidates ahead of the New Hampshire primary they have established themselves as an important part of the campaign process and have an impact on the public discourse. Per Arkansas Educational Television Commission v. Forbes, “candidate debates are of exceptional significance in the electoral process.” Some type of forum, whether public or not, was established.

    Forbes also states “a broadcaster cannot grant or deny access to a candidate debate on the basis of whether it agrees with a candidate’s views.” Unlike in Forbes in which the organizers denied an independent candidate access, the denial here was unquestionably based on viewpoint discrimination.

  5. William Saturn Post author

    “Is it certain that he was excluded due to his views or is that just supposition?”

    Here’s the email the candidate received from Neil Levesque, Executive Director, NH Institute of Politics:

    “After reviewing your campaign materials we will not be offering you an opportunity to participate in the Lesser Known Candidate forum on January 28, 2020.”

  6. William Saturn Post author

    For clarification on the New Hampshire Institute of Politics’ role as a public or nonpublic organization see Wikipedia:

    “The New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) was founded in 2001 through a nine million dollar grant secured by then U.S. Senator Judd Gregg from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.”

    As for its importance in public discourse:

    “Marc Ambinder, political editor of The Atlantic, described the role Saint Anselm plays in national politics by saying, ‘No one runs for president without speaking at St. A’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics.'”

  7. paulie

    They do receive federal funding. Moreover with their role in hosting candidates ahead of the New Hampshire primary they have established themselves as an important part of the campaign process and have an impact on the public discourse.

    In that case you are correct. They should not exclude someone on the basis of views. However, it’s still possible that was not the basis. They only said the exclusion was on the basis of reviewing campaign materials. It did not say what they found wrong with them. For example, did they contain slurs, foul language, threats, or other indications that the individual in question would be disruptive if invited? I have not seen these materials, so I don’t know.

  8. William Saturn Post author

    Sam Sloan calls Bernie a “communist,” calls Buttigieg a “queer,” and says Biden should be in an old folks home.

    David Thistle proposes 2 years of service for free 2 years of college. He complains the people asking questions haven’t done sufficient research. He accuses Mark Stewart of drinking his water.

    Robby Wells proposes eliminating ICE. He wants to put veterans in schools to protect children. He says he can win on the floor of the Democratic Convention. He thinks Trump is watching the forum and warns him “don’t mess with me.”

  9. Jim

    Apparently Lorenz Kraus is another name that can be added to the Ron Paul / Mises / Paleolibertarian to alt right list.

  10. NewFederalist

    Kraus is a real nut job and many of his views are repugnant but it still seems to me better to NOT censor him. Let his ideas fall on their own lack of merit. Just my $0.02 worth.

  11. Joshua K.

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