Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Libertarians May Co-Nominate Rand Paul in 2016

US News & World Report informs:
Paul is unlikely to directly seek the third party’s support, but could win it anyhow through the work of eager activists like those who worked the campaigns of his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a GOP presidential contender in 2008 and 2012 and the Libertarian nominee in 1988.

A co-nomination from one of the nation’s most significant minor parties could help Paul - if he’s the Republican nominee - avoid losing hundreds of thousands of votes to an ideological ally. In some states, his name would appear twice on ballots.

If Paul is nominated by both the Republican and Libertarian parties, it could also unleash electoral scenarios unseen in decades, such as the negotiation of a fusion slate of electors. Libertarians could, theoretically, nominate their own vice presidential candidate.

Though the Libertarian Party’s Orlando, Florida, nominating convention isn’t until May 2016, Libertarian National Committee Executive Director Wes Benedict foresees a fight.

“If Rand Paul wins the Republican nomination, I'd expect a big fight within the [party] over whether or not we should run our own candidate,” Benedict says. “It wouldn't just be a discussion.”

Libertarian Party chairman Nicholas Sarwark, officially neutral on the matter, says “there is a possibility that the delegates in Orlando would nominate Sen. Paul and if they were to do so, I'd work hard to support their choice.”


  1. What? No! The Libertarian Party should run a real, solid libertarian so that way libertarians choosing to vote will have a better choice than Rand Paul.

    Sadly, though, Rand Paul may be a better candidate than the embarrassing 2008 candidate, Bob Barr. Even Gary Johnson, while a big improvement over Bob Barr and Rand Paul, was a bit too softcore for many libertarian voters and me.

  2. Maybe these morons can appoint Cheney or Kristol as Lib Party Prez while they are at it.

  3. Party of principal huh? What a joke if this actually happens.

  4. Harry Browne was great in 2000. The LP should aim higher than Rand Paul. They aren't going to win anyway, so at least nominate an actual libertarian!