LP: Root the Front-Runner

Attached to this post: LP press release with notes and Wayne Allyn Root’s official statement:


“Whether building a successful business, a championship sports team, or a victorious Presidential campaign, the qualities necessary for success are unvarying and timeless. Liberty Decides ‘08 is a program that incorporates and promotes all the ingredients essential to building a winner- setting goals, dreaming big, thinking positively, taking action, enthusiastic recruiting, teamwork, salesmanship (selling a powerful and valuable message), and ownership.

I believe 2008 will be a special year for Libertarians everywhere. Libertarian Party candidates just enjoyed a phenomenal performance in local 2007 races- winning in 17% of the races nationwide in which the LP fielded a candidate. Those results will most certainly extend to the national level in 2008. Polls show that American voters are ready- if not desperate- for dramatic change; for a fresh and dynamic message; and most importantly, for a credible, viable third party Presidential alternative.

Liberty Decides will help us fulfill this destiny. I am personally honored to be the frontrunner- it shows that Libertarian voters, supporters, and contributors have faith in my ability to deliver this powerful message of ‘smaller government, more freedom’ and to lead this party to credibility, viability, and finally victory.”

FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY:

Libertarian Party Launches Competitive Presidential Candidate Program

Liberty Decides ‘08 will promote pre-nomination presidential candidates while raising funds for 2008

Quick Quotes:

Shane Cory, Executive Director, Libertarian Party

> “The idea is a brand new concept that tests our candidates before nomination. We feel this is an excellent way to promote our candidates while raising funds for the general election at the same time.” > “Liberty Decides ‘08 is an objective way to measure the excitement for and strength of all our candidates in the same spirit as Republican and Democratic contests.” Wayne Allyn Root, Libertarian candidate… > “I believe 2008 will be a special year for Libertarians everywhere.” > “Polls show that American voters are ready—if not desperate—for dramatic change.” Washington, D.C. – The Libertarian Party has launched a groundbreaking program that seeks to internally promote Libertarian candidates by establishing a competitive process among Libertarian presidential hopefuls prior to nomination. The program, Liberty Decides ‘08, will rank candidates in the order of the funds they have raised for the program. “This is a bold, new program that we hope will create a lot of excitement for our candidates prior to the official nomination in May,” says Libertarian Party Executive Director Shane Cory. “The idea is a brand new concept that tests our candidates before nomination,” says Cory. “We feel this is an excellent way to promote our candidates while raising funds for the general election at the same time.” The current Liberty Decides ‘08 front-runner is Wayne Allyn Root, a business mogul, best-selling author and T.V. personality from Las Vegas, who recently spoke at the Conservative Leadership Conference alongside Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Duncan Hunter. “I believe 2008 will be a special year for Libertarians everywhere,” says Root. “Polls show that American voters are ready—if not desperate—for dramatic change; for a fresh and dynamic message; most importantly, for a credible, viable third party Presidential alternative. Liberty Decides ‘08 will help us fulfill this destiny.” Root has a 55 percent lead over his closest challenger, according to Liberty Decides ‘08 data. To qualify for Liberty Decides ‘08, candidates must be constitutionally qualified and willing to accept the LP nomination per the national bylaws. Candidates must also have filed with the Federal Election Commission and must have raised at least $5,000 for the Libertarian Party or for LP state affiliate ballot access initiatives. There is also an option to donate to an unnamed future or unannounced candidate, or for not running a candidate at all. The Libertarian Party will officially nominate a candidate at its National Convention at the end of May. “Liberty Decides ‘08 is an objective way to measure the excitement for and strength of all our candidates in the same spirit as Republican and Democratic primaries,” Cory says. “This program will get our members excited about our candidates and we will begin to accumulate a war chest for the general election.” The program will set aside 40 percent of the donations to use for efforts coordinated with the eventual Libertarian nominee. The other 60 percent goes towards “core functions” of the Libertarian Party, such as ballot access, media and new member recruitment. For more information on Liberty Decides ‘08, please visit www.lp.org/libertydecides. You can also email the Libertarian Party at info@lp.org. The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting www.lp.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

28 Responses to “LP: Root the Front-Runner”

  1. Rev. Pat Robertson Says:

    I think this is a great program, but why doesn’t it include Rudy Giuliani? Everyone knows he’s a libertarian.

    Here is what you should do. Ask all the candidates who want to participate three questions.

    Will you keep American troops in Iraq until the job is done?

    Will you stop Iran from getting nukes by any means necessary?

    Will you nuke Mecca, like Jesus would?

    If they answer NO to any of the questions, they are not real libertarians (like me and Rudy) so they should not be allowed to run.

    I like the idea of auctioning off the Presidential nomination. Sounds like a very pro-capitalist, libertarian idea to me.

    Public sources have estimated my net worth at “somewhere between $200 million and $1 billion”. I won’t tell you exactly how much money I have, but let’s just say I could probably buy the nomination for Rudy.

    I like Wayne Root a lot too, but gambling is a sin, which is why I had to sell my racehorse, Mr. Pat.

    Besides, I just don’t see where Wayne Root is too different from Rudy Giuliani on any issues, so why should the Libertarian Party run a second-rate celebrity when they can just cross-endorse someone the public already knows about, Gotham’s real life action hero, Rudy Giuliani?

  2. Robert Milnes Says:

    & I’m last. Go figure.

  3. Jeff Wartman Says:

    While I agree that Root is probably in the top tier of LP candidates, I would disagree that whomever donates the most to Liberty Decides 08 is the “front runner”.

    Much of that money comes from the candidates themselves.

  4. Fred C. Says:

    “& I’m last. Go figure.”

    That’s not true, you’re kicking Jim Burns’ ass pretty handily.

  5. Robert Milnes Says:

    Fred C., you are right. Jim Burns is listed on politics1 but wasn’t listed on libertydecides08 until today. Jeff Wartman, agreed. As long as we have a millionaire republican & a dinosaur fossil republican included this program is …skewed. & it is worse than dems & reps re: $=candidate. But then again, capitalists get what they pay for.

  6. Ryan Brennan (ThirdPartyNews.net) Says:

    Jeff Wartman, I agree.

    That aside, as I’ve said before, I really think, and desperately hope!, that Root will not receive the LP nomination due to his neocon, Orwellian, view of the War on Terror.

    This is what he says on his website, on the page, ‘Where Wayne Stands’:

    We should not learn the lesson that war is bad or wrong in all circumstances. At times war is necessary. Freedom isn’t free- unfortunately we must fight for freedom, rights and liberty. The war on terror is real. I will not allow the United States to lose the war on terror.

    Root needs to read 1984 by George Orwell and watch the video The Power of Nightmares. I encourage readers of this message to do the same. The Power of Nightmares reveals a lot about the whole neocon agenda, the so-called Islamic threat & War on Terror.

  7. matt Says:

    But we got you for free, Milnes!

  8. Ryan Brennan (ThirdPartyNews.net) Says:

    I’m surprised Barry Hess isn’t doing better. I think he’s one of the best, if not the best LP candidates so far. He is a great speaker and seems to be quite active in the LP.

  9. Eric Dondero Says:

    Wayne Root will be a guest on Libertarian Politics Live Friday night at 7:00 pm cst. He’ll be giving us an update on his campaign, and his new status as a frontrunner.

    Also Gina Elise of Pin-up Girls for Vets will be on the second half hour. If you haven’t seen Gina, you ought to check her out. Babe of all Babes.

    www.pinupsforvets.com

  10. Joey Dauben Says:

    This goes to show you just how much George Phillies’ campaign is really ridiculous. His spending on Google ads and all of his volunteer staff have produced nothing. No results. Nada.

    I’m not surprised by this match-up. Phillies is such a nerd in TV interviews. Gah. Stick to behind the scenes. And save money by not sending out so many letters. It’s obvious that Phillies will be history. His campaign cannot make up for this public embarrassment of not getting in the top 5 of this Liberty Decides deal.

  11. Jake Porter Says:

    This goes to show you just how much George Phillies’ campaign is really ridiculous. His spending on Google ads and all of his volunteer staff have produced nothing. No results. Nada.

    I’m not surprised by this match-up. Phillies is such a nerd in TV interviews. Gah. Stick to behind the scenes. And save money by not sending out so many letters. It’s obvious that Phillies will be history. His campaign cannot make up for this public embarrassment of not getting in the top 5 of this Liberty Decides deal.

    Joey,

    You are so ridiculous you could not even comprehend direct mailings. I have not figured out why you are allowed to write for a great website such as Third Party Watch. Also, we are not trying to compete on Liberty Decides. We ask Libertarians to donate money to our campaign where there are very few overhead expenses.

    George Phillies has had an interview on NECN news, been mentioned on the Orange County Register website, The San Antonio Express, BostonNOW, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Los Angeles Times Opinion, etc.

    Is very ridiculous to bring new people into the Libertarian Party?

    Jake Porter
    Associate Chief of Staff and National Mobilization Facilitator
    Phillies for President

  12. Jeff Wartman Says:

    Joey,

    I respectfully disagree.

    ((putting my hat on as a staffer on the Phillies campaign, which I do not normally do on this website))

    George was asked to participate in this program. We respectfully declined. Much of the money dedicated to a candidate in the Liberty Decides 08 program was given directly from the candidate themselves—upwards of $5000.

    If you really want to help the candidates, give the money directly. Advertising costs a lot of money, and the candidates need that money directly.

    Ryan Brennan has hit the nail on the head—keep it up brother.

  13. Rev. Pat Robertson Says:

    This program is a good first step.

    The Libertarian Party should just auction its presidential nomination outright, and any other contested nominations it may have.

  14. Thomas M. Sipos Says:

    If Root were the LP candidate, I’d organize Libertarians for Demopublicans.

  15. Eric Dondero Says:

    Get started with “Libertarians for Demopublicans” there Thomas. Cause if you gotta call it right now, Root has the inside track to the nomination. And I say this as someone who doesn’t want him to be the LP nominee. He hurts my guy Rudy Giuliani too much. Whereby if the LP ran a 2nd tier candidate like Kubby or Phillies, or even 3rd tier like Christine Smith it’d be much better for the GOP.

    Unless something major changes in the coming weeks, I can’t see anyone else getting the LP nod besides Root.

  16. Eric Dondero Says:

    Jake, I’m pulling for ya buddy! Ramp up that Phillies for President effort. I want to see him secure the LP Nomination.

    In fact, I’m sure a great many other Republican insiders are pulling for him, as well.

    Worst thing for Republicans in ‘08 on the Libertarian side: Wayne Root or some other Celebrity as the Nominee.

    Best thing for the GOP: George Phillies, Libertarian for President

    Let us Giuliani people know what we can do to help you all.

  17. Devious David Says:

    What this is really about is that the present LP leadership thinks they can dictate whom the nominee will be and they are willing to do whatever stunts are necessary to push that candidate. Which of course will be some neo-con hack GOP asskisser. Kissing the GOP’s ass at all costs is what the present leadership is about. They want the LP to water down to Huckabee and Giuliani and the Cato Institute. All fine libertarians. Bomb mecca.

  18. Jake Porter Says:

    Eric,

    I have seen evidence that the Phillies campaign with our issues of being pro-choice, pro gay rights, and against the war are taking what appears to be more support from Democrats than from Republicans.

  19. Deran Says:

    I’m sorry if this question is silly or ignorant; but, if the GOP does not nominate Ron Paul, is there any sentiment among LPers to nominate Paul (if he were willing)? Or, if Mr Paul runs as an independent in Nov 08, how would that play out with the LP? Or, is all the chatter abt the possibility of Paul carrying his campaign onto Nov, one way or the other, just idle speculation?

  20. Jeff Wartman Says:

    Deran,

    It depends on when Ron Paul gets out of the GOP race. I’ve been hearing a lot of whispering that Ron Paul will stay in the GOP race until their convention in September, just to stir the pot.

    Considering that the LP convention is four months before the GOP convention, Ron would have to drop out of the GOP race before the LP convention.

  21. George Phillies Says:

    Dear Eric,

    I am absolutely confident that Mr. Giuliani’s people have a clear understanding how to assist another campaign. It’s called money. In my case http://www.phillies2008.org and click on ‘donate’.

    Remember, donations of less than $200 are not reported by name. That means that if you are serious, Eric, you can put your money where your keyboard is by sending me a campaign donation.

    As an alternative, a campaign short of cash can still have their chattering class speak up in a favorable or frightened way the name of the opposing candidate they want to boost.

    George

  22. Thomas M. Sipos Says:

    Republican/Neocon talk radio in Los Angeles is pushing Root. A couple of rightist radio hosts (such as Al Rantel—spell?) have interviewed “libertarian candidate Wayne Allyn Root” several times of the past months, as though Root were already the official LP candidate. No mention that Root hasn’t been nominated yet, or that other libertarians are running.

    Even Air America’s Marc Germaine speaks of “libertarian candidate Wayne Allyn Root” with no mention of his opponents.

    It seems the Neocons are trying to redefine libertarians as pro-war in the minds of the public, and that liberals are hoping to have the antiwar field all to themselves.

    Marc Germaine has called Ron Paul “a libertarian, with an antiwar twist.” As though being antiwar made Paul an oddball among libertarians.

    Yet I have faith that, at convention time, the LP delegates will resoundingly turn down Root. Root may have a plurality of support in the LP (I don’t know), but you need a majority to win the nomination, and I’m sure Root won’t get that.

    As for Ron Paul, the LP nomination is his if he wants it. I hope he takes it. If not, I’m hoping that Karen Kwiatkowski will enter the race.

  23. Eric Dondero Says:

    No, the leftist pacifists are trying to infiltrate our libertarian movement and turn it into Democrat Party lite.

    The original libertarian movement WAS PRO-DEFENSE. The usurpers are trying to turn it into a patsy girlie man Party.

    Over my dead body.

  24. Eric Dondero Says:

    Anti-War is oddball within the libertarian movement.

    Have you never heard of our libertarian Founder Barry Goldwater?

  25. Eric Dondero Says:

    George, I may take you up on that. But you gotta promise me a return appearance on my radio show “Libertarian Politics Live”?

    We’re Friday nights now George. Can you do it? Promise to be nice this time.

  26. George Phillies Says:

    Eric,

    I’d be delighted to be on your radio program as a guest.

    Would nine days from now be acceptable?

    George

  27. Devious David Says:

    Funny, I didn’t realize that Barry Goldwater was a founder of the LP or libertarian movement, for that matter. That clears it all up for me now.

  28. Tom Blanton Says:

    What’s even funnier is that Barry Goldwater, Jr. endorses Ron Paul.

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