LPHQ Promotes Upcoming Convention

From Libertarian Party Headquarters:

Washington, D.C. - The Libertarian Party will hold its biennial National Convention this week in Denver, where it will select its presidential nominee for the 2008 election. The convention will be held May 22 through 26. 



“This is going to be a watershed year for the Libertarian Party,” says Libertarian Party National Media Coordinator Andrew Davis. “Voter dissatisfaction with the major two parties is at an all time high, and people are looking to the Libertarian Party to provide a third choice on the ballot in 2008. Voters are tired of the ‘business-as-usual’ politics that they are hearing from John McCain and Barack Obama. Voters want another choice, and that choice will be the Libertarian Party.”



In July of last year, the Washington Times featured a story on the Libertarian Party’s growth of 18 percent from January of 2007 until then. By December, the Libertarian Party’s numbers had soared by 25 percent over the course of a year. 



This year, the Libertarian Party is boasting two former members of Congress who are now running for the Party’s presidential nomination. Former GOP Congressman Bob Barr, who joined the Libertarian Party in 2006 and has since served on the Libertarian National Committee, and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel, who joined the party in March, are two of 14 contenders for the nomination.


22 Responses to “LPHQ Promotes Upcoming Convention”

  1. Kenny Says:

    Why highlight the two defectors rather than the other candidates who have worked hard for the LP over many years?

  2. Viverrid Says:

    Would anyone happen to know if this will be covered on C-Span? If so, when exactly is it scheduled for? I can’t seem to find it on my TiVo :)

  3. Hardy Macia Says:

    Because it shows that we are pulling support from both the Democratic and Republican parties. The mentions are not plugs for Barr’s or Gravel’s presidential bids, but designed to show that the major parties are losing some of their base when an former senator and former congressman have joined the LP because neither believe their old parties are upholding either the Democratic or Republican traditional values but both parties have moved to far in the neo-con and socialists directions.

  4. Michael Seebeck Says:

    Viverrid, the Presidential debate is scheduled for Saturday night at 7PM MDT, and the nominations happen on Sunday, starting around 9:30AM MDT. C-Span may carry it live or tape-delay it, depending if delegates get axle-wrapped on parliamentary procedure stuff and cause the schedule to get whacked out.

  5. Andrew Davis Says:

    Viverrid,

    Yes, it will be covered by C-SPAN. They are covering the debate, and doing a live broadcast on Sunday for the nomination. The debate is to take place 7 to 9 PM on Saturday, with the nomination taking place 9 AM on Sunday.

  6. disinter Says:

    Why highlight the two defectors rather than the other candidates who have worked hard for the LP over many years?

    Because the LP has been hijacked by the retard caucus.

  7. disinter Says:

    Groups almost always reduce themselves to the lowest common denominator… therefore Barr, Root or Phillies will probably win. Sadly.

  8. Jerry S. Says:

    Again I ask, has anyone from LPHQ invited Free Speech TV to cover the debate and nom.vote ? FSTV is HQed in Denver so it wouldn’t cost them much to cover. I think they reach 40-50 million homes.

    Alternative media can help third parties reach new people/supporters. We need to utilize all media possible.

  9. Stefan Says:

    Yes, they should refer to all candidates. Dr. Ruwart and some others are really well qualified.

    Barr and the Patriot Act: here is a 2005 interview (one with Barr starts after 10 min and shows his activism in educating people about the Patriot Act and work against it though a broad alliance of the ACU, ACLU etc.

    video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1324220423702457046&q
    =bob+barr+%2B+patriot+act&ei=JdIxSIaEHJH0qQPz4PmtCQ&hl=en

  10. Stefan Says:

    revolutionsbroadcasting.com is going to cover it. breakthematrix.com also?

  11. Kenny Says:

    Lew Rockwell has posted that Tucker Karlson may seek the LP nomination - http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/021055.html. This field is getting crowded!

  12. Jerry S. Says:

    Alternative FREE SPEECH TV is HQed in Denver. The LP needs to get them to cover the debate and maybe the POTUS balloting. They are progressive, however they need to fill 168 hours a week of TV airtime. So they might be interested. I think they currently reach 40 to 50 million homes.
    Third Parties need to end sweep the MSM blackout by using alternative Television, radio, print and as much local media as humanly possible.

    PLEASE ! Everyone remember, give enough debate tokens to James Libertarian Burns so he can debate. He deserves to be heard.

    LET JIM DEBATE !

  13. Roscoe Says:

    How many ballots is this thing going to take? Will C-SPAN stay with hours of inconclusive procedures? The delegates could still be wrangling over this at dinnertime.

  14. Robert Milnes Says:

    Wouldn’t it be something if I win the nomination in absentia?

  15. Fred Church Ortiz Says:

    “I think they reach 40-50 million homes.”

    A sixth of the country gets something and I’ve never heard of it? Do I really spend that much time on the computer?

  16. svf Says:

    Lew Rockwell has posted that Tucker Carlson may seek the LP nomination -

    just when you think it can’t get any stranger…! Tucker for pres I don’t see, but a Barr/Tucker ticket is an intriguing concept….....!

  17. Tom Bryant Says:

    I have no problem with mentioning the two high profile contenders for the nomination in a press release. The purpose of the press release was not to give a fair and balanced amount of print for every candidate. The purpose was not campaigning. The purpose was to attract attention to the convention and the growth the party achieved lately. Using Barr and Gravel’s name for that purpose makes much mores sense than using Ruwart or Phillies who have been long time members. Using Imperato and Milnes would just discredit the whole party.

    The problem that I have is that they left off Root. His switch from Republican to Libertarian would have fit in nicely there as well, and he does seem to have some good media covering him. But I figure they wanted to use the top two profile instead of the top three.

    For what it’s worth, in Denver my voting preference order is Barr > Ruwart > Phillies > Root > Gravel

    I’m not miffed that they didn’t use my top two. But I understand why Gravel is more media-worth then my second through fourth picks.

  18. disinter Says:

    Wouldn’t it be something if I win the nomination in absentia?

    That is scary.

  19. DrGonzo Says:

    Groups almost always reduce themselves to the lowest common denominator… therefore Barr, Root or Phillies will probably win. Sadly.

    Or is it people wanting a candidate who will actually give them national exposure? Worry about who isn’t Libertarian enough when the party gets some national recognition.

    As much as I dislike Barr, he would not be bad for the party.

  20. Robert Milnes Says:

    Tom Bryant, Milnes/Ruwart.

  21. Stefan Says:

    Robert: yes, we see all the media cheering you on to be nominated with the Green Party just burning to nominate you for a fusion ticket…! :-)
    Milnes-Imperato seems to me even better…remember apart from the pope Imperato is waiting for a Bloomberg endorsement…he will bring a;; the big bucks that is the only thing that stands between you and the presidency!
    Think of it, you will be such a cool president, meeting with the press, cabinet, foreign leaders in jeans…...

  22. Hugh Jass Says:

    “Think of it, you will be such a cool president, meeting with the press, cabinet, foreign leaders in jeans…...”

    LMAO

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