LP.org press release: ‘Libertarians Nominate Jo Jorgensen for President!’

Dan Fishman at LP.org:

In a historic virtual presidential nominating convention Libertarian Party delegates from 50 states and the District of Columbia nominated Dr. Jo Jorgensen for President of the United States Saturday evening.

The party, which achieved 50-state ballot access in 2016, is working diligently to do so again in 2020. With the nomination, Americans will have an opportunity to elect the first female president. Her ground-breaking run will give voters a chance to elect a candidate committed to freedom and liberty. Jorgensen’s campaign will give Americans relief from the grim options that they will face from the other candidates in November.

The online convention was the first of its kind for any political party with nationwide ballot access. In an age of social distancing, the Libertarian Party has risen to the challenge, practicing personal responsibility and professionalism while conducting the business of the party in a timely and efficient manner.

“I am incredibly proud to serve as chair of the only national political party to hold their presidential nominating convention on time and under budget even in the face of a global pandemic,” said Nicholas Sarwark, LNC National Chair. “Our delegates from around the country were able to meet virtually to debate the merits of potential nominees. Real choices were made to come to the strongest candidate and consensus was built to have the party unified around the nominee. The Libertarian Party does politics differently and that different approach is exactly what Americans need right now.”

“I am glad that the voters will finally have a real choice because the non-choice between Trump and Biden is still an option between big government and more big government,” said Jorgensen. “The volunteers are already pouring in and it looks like it will be the most massive volunteer effort that the LP has ever seen. It is really growing from the grass roots.”

Jorgensen holds a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from Clemson University where she teaches. A native of Grayslake, Illinois, Jorgensen is a wife, mother and grandmother currently living in Greenville, South Carolina.

Dr Jorgensen’s website is joj2020.com

The Libertarian Party is set to resume business online Sunday at 10 a.m. CDT to determine the outcome of the vice-presidential nomination. The delegates will also determine the business for the convention’s second sitting, scheduled to reconvene July 8, 2020, in Orlando, Florida.

11 thoughts on “LP.org press release: ‘Libertarians Nominate Jo Jorgensen for President!’

  1. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    With the nomination, Americans will have an opportunity to elect the first female president.

    Why is the “Party of Principle” catering to identity politics?

    Americans already had an opportunity to elect the first female president in 2016. By the LP’s logic, Americans should have elected Clinton over Johnson.

    With the nomination, Americans will have an opportunity to elect the first [FILL IN THE BLANK] president.

    So many better descriptives could have gone in that BLANK other than “female.” The first president to keep promises. The first to follow the Constitution. The first to shrink the size of government. The first to place liberty above security. The first … well, there could have been so many better “firsts” the LP could have claimed for Jorgensen.

  2. Nik

    I’m curious about Jorgensen’s LP activity since 1996. I know she ran for Congress once and has stayed engaged in LP activities, but why did she decide to run for president now, 24 years after her VP run? What was she doing in ‘00, ‘04, ‘08…?

    Not criticizing, genuinely wondering.

  3. paulie Post author

    Making a living, spending time with family, local activism, hobbies. Not everyone is a perennial political candidate every election, particularly at the national level.

  4. Nik

    It just seems odd to suddenly say after so long, “I’m gonna run for president.”

  5. paulie Post author

    It happens. For example, Trump took from 2000 til 2016. Hornberger took from 2000 to 2020 to run again. Ruwart did not run for president between 1984 and 2008, as far as I know. There must be many, many other examples.

  6. SocraticGadfly

    @Root That’s just silly. Where does it say Jorgenson was elected, or ran, just because she’s a woman.

    You’re out of whack and disrespectful to other third parties, too.

    Greens 2008: Cynthia McKinney. 2012: Stein. 2016: Stein. WAY ahead of Democrats.

    ==

    Besides, if they wanted identity politics, isn’t Vermin a non-humanoid?

  7. NewFederalist

    I suspect children and tenure probably played a role but I don’t really know her personally.

  8. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    SocraticGadfly: @Root That’s just silly. Where does it say Jorgenson was elected, or ran, just because she’s a woman.

    Why don’t you address what I actually said? I never said that Jorgensen (you misspelled her name) “was elected, or ran, just because she’s a woman.”

    I was responding to a specific statement in the LP’s press release, which I quoted.

    Take a chill pill. Rest for a half hour. Then reread my post. Carefully.

  9. Dylan Robnett

    It is notable that she is a woman considering they make up more than half the population but have never held the position or led the LP ticket. This is the first time that a female candidate has been deemed the best candidate. Her gender was not an important consideration as to her qualifications for the job but marks a historic first nonetheless.

  10. SocraticGadfly

    @Root. Accepted on the misspelling of the name.

    Not accepted on chill pills or other things, including women nominees as a Green.

    On the groundbreaking, given that Libertarians hardly ever even have a female candidate period, you can either take your own prescription, or not. Celebrating a milestone of gender or race is not “catering to identity politics” as I see it.

    Your mileage may vary. All over the road, even.

  11. Jared

    The optics of a woman leading the ticket are good for a party espousing an ideology that critics, especially from the left, like to peg as hopelessly male-centric. Some progressives might disagree, but I don’t think the LP owed it to womankind or the cosmic scales of social justice to nominate a female candidate, and I don’t think her sex outweighs other considerations, but I consider it a political plus.

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