Ron Paul and Goldwater on ballot in Louisiana

Austin Cassidy says on Conservative Pulse:

Ron Paul will appear on the ballot in Louisiana as a Presidential candidate this November, despite never expressing an interest in doing so. It seems that there are a few states where a candidate can be placed on the ballot for President or Vice-President entirely by the actions of supporters. Meaning, a person can be drafted onto the ballot — and if he or she doesn’t object and request to have their name removed — they will appear without ever declaring a formal candidacy.

As such, supporters have created something called the Taxpayer’s Party in Louisiana with the purpose of placing Ron Paul and former Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. on the ballot for President and Vice-President. It sounds like Paul is entirely indifferent to the efforts and won’t request that his name be removed, while Goldwater (son of the 1964 Republican nominee) is actually interested in doing a little bit of campaigning.

Ron Paul is also on the ballot in Montana, as we report below. Montana has 3 electoral votes, Louisiana 9. Could Paul tip those two states to Obama by taking away McCain votes?

Here’s Austin Cassidy’s opinion:

While Louisiana is considered safe territory for McCain, Montana has become a surprising swing state where Barack Obama is spending a large amount of resources….

Most hurt by this has to be Libertarian Bob Barr, who hasn’t gotten much traction yet and will likely lose many votes to Paul in these two states. And it’s possible that Paul’s name may wander onto the ballot in a couple of additional states as his legions of supporters refuse to give up the fight.

15 Responses to “Ron Paul and Goldwater on ballot in Louisiana”

  1. Porter Rockwell Says:

    When did they let Junior out of the Betty Ford Clinic????

  2. Dwayne Says:

    Paul: Reject the major parties, go for a third
    By SUZANNE GAMBOA and SAM HANANEL - 3 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Libertarian-leaning congressman Ron Paul is urging voters to reject John McCain and Barack Obama and support one of the third-party candidates for president.

    Paul, a Republican who abandoned his White House bid earlier this year, is gathering some of the candidates, independent Ralph Nader among them, on Wednesday to make his plea.

    “The strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two party system,” Paul said in prepared remarks obtained by AP. “This can be accomplished by voting for one of the non-establishment, principled candidates.”

    He recommended Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party, former Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party and former Georgia Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party. He invited them to his news conference Wednesday.

    Paul won no primaries in the Republican nomination contest but developed a strong following on the Internet and set a single-day record for raising money online. Thousands attended his protest last week near the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.

    Some Republicans have been concerned Paul could siphon votes from the party in the same way Democrats accused Nader of doing in 2000 when he ran under the Green Party banner.

    But when Nader ran in 2004 as an independent, he garnered just 0.3 percent of the vote from 34 states. The Constitution, Green and Libertarian candidates received even fewer votes. Nader claims he has enough signatures to get on the ballot in 45 states this year.

    Nader predicted the gathering of third-party candidates would “raise the eyebrows” of political pundits who skeptical of the viability of independent presidential campaigns. The candidates will agree on several common issues they believe are being ignored by the major parties.

    “This is the beginning of the realignment of American politics,” Nader said.

    Paul espouses limited government and individual responsibility. He is a critic of election laws that he says are designed to prevent third-party candidates from getting on ballots and participating in debates. .

  3. Andy Craig Says:

    So, if Paul’s calling outright for people to “reject the two-party system”, you think maybe the big announcement is that he’s abandoning the GOP himself? He’s already on the ballot in Texas, right? Could he switch his affiliation back to the LP, stay on the ballot as the Republican nominee, and then be elected and serve as a Libertarian (or independent) congresscritter for a term? And what about his own efforts to “reform the GOP”, and the CfL’s apparent plan to help only like-minded Republicans?

  4. Richard Winger Says:

    Nader got .4% in 2004. The mass media never actually checks this out. One source got it wrong years ago and the others simply mindless repeat the error.

  5. Catholic Trotskyist Says:

    Ralph Nader is Satan’s whore. Hopefully Ron Paul will stay far away from him. Ron Paul will gain a strong third place in Montana, preparing the way for Our Lord Revolutionary General Joseph Biden, with his President Barack H. Obama, into the White House. Amen.

  6. joell Says:

    If Paul encourages supporters to vote 3rd parties, this is big news, and good news

    Hopefully, Obama & McCain will fret about their votes “being stolen.”

    nader quote:

    “the greatest power the major parties have over voters is their belief that they have to vote for a democrat or republician”

  7. Travis Maddox Says:

    The AP report also makes it sound like the protests outside the GOP convention were Ron Paulers, they weren’t. Most were Obama supporters.

  8. Thane Eichenauer Says:

    CT, you make Satan’s whore sound like a bad thing.

  9. Adam Says:

    Catholic Trotskyist, I happen to be Catholic, why are you spreading such idiotic speech under the guise of our denomination? Christianity will only fall more if you continue to accuse everyone you disagree with as being Satan.

  10. Lex Says:

    Ron Paul could win Montana. Seriously.

  11. Allen Says:

    Ron Paul could come in third or fourth, but I doubt he will win. Paul had 20,000 votes in a two-way primary and many of those people may decide to vote for McCain over Obama. Voters are afraid of Obama and his brand of socialism, so while they may support Barr or Paul, they end up voting for McCain.

  12. Stefan Says:

    It seems that the LP, Reform Party and Socialist Parties would NOT be ont he abllot in LA. We will see what happens, the LP in LA has already said they would endorse the Paul-Goldwater ticket in case they cannot get on the ballot. This would actually be good news, so that there is no competition. The Lousiana Taxpayer’s Party and Goldwater could use the LP’s office as headquarters and use activists and the CP would also support the ticket, and most possibly the Reform Party members. Paul himself will not campaign of course, but this is not needed, Goldwater can do the job together with activists.

    Hat tip to Trent Hill, who organized this. I understand a website is forthcoming shortly.

  13. JG Says:

    It’s all rigged anyway. Sorry, but you’re government does not work for the people. They will make the results be whatever it is they have already decided. Yes, you’re vote is meaningless in this corrupt day and age.

  14. Impeach Bush Says:

    Ron Paul is speaking out for libert, when the greatest step for liberty he can make is by running 3rd party. Why isn’t he doing this??? Ron Paul is not advancing his own movement.

  15. Says:

    Say NO to McBama!

    Say NO to Republicrats!

    Say NO to Establishment media outlets!

    Say NO to bipartisan trashing of the Constitution!

    Cast a protest vote for a 3rd party presidential candidate of your choice.

    Tell everyone why you will vote against the lesser of two evils.

    Tell everyone who you will vote for.

    Tell everyone what you think.

    Be heard:

    “The strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two party system… This can be accomplished by voting for one of the non-establishment, principled candidates.” - Ron Paul

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