LP Media Release: Libertarian Party’s National Convention May 3-6 in Las Vegas

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Monday, April 30, 2012

Libertarian Party’s National Convention May 3-6 in Las Vegas

 

WASHINGTON – The Libertarian Party will hold the National Libertarian Convention at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., from May 3rd through May 6th to select the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees, adopt any changes to the platform and choose top party officials.

The convention, themed Liberty Will Win, coincides with the 40th anniversary of the party, which is celebrated by Libertarians across the country. Between 600 and 700 delegates from all parts of the country are expected to take part. The keynote address “Big Government is the Disease; Voting Libertarian Is the Only Cure” will be delivered at 9:30 A.M. on Thursday, May 3rd by Michael Cloud, a veteran party strategist and communications expert.

“The problem is not the abuse of power … it’s the power to abuse. Take away the power and no abuse is possible,” Mr. Cloud will say, according to the text of his prepared remarks.

Mark Hinkle, Libertarian Party Chair, said he anticipated one of the most exciting conventions ever.

“We have strong candidates — and a growing number of independents, Tea Party faithful, disaffected Republicans, and anti-war, anti-crony-capitalism Democrats looking to us to field true liberty candidates,” Mr. Hinkle said. “We’re the small government alternative to Big Government Democrats and Republicans, which resonates with millions of voters who are deeply concerned with our weak economy and who fear it will get worse.”

The Libertarian Party’s nominating process differs significantly from that of the Republican and Democratic Parties.

Both the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees are elected at the convention through independent voting processes starting with the presidential nomination. The Presidential nominee does not choose his or her running mate.

The first round of balloting will begin after the opening of the convention on Thursday, May 3rd and close at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, May 4th when delegates will choose participants of a nationally-televised Presidential debate that will take place on Friday, May 4th  from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Those included in the debate will be announced by 3:30 P.M. on May 4th. Only candidates scoring 10 percent of the ballot or more will be allowed to take part.

This year’s contenders for appearing on the stage include, in reverse alphabetical order, writer, Libertarian activist, and Air Force veteran R. Lee Wrights, documentary producer Bill Still, attorney and Army veteran Carl Person, computer programmer Scott Keller, former New Mexico Governor and businessman Gary Johnson, and Libertarian activist and Marine veteran Jim Burns.

Party rules call for selecting the nominees after the debate through several rounds of balloting. If no candidate for President or Vice President attains a majority on the first ballot, the candidate finishing last will be eliminated from the race. In addition, any candidate polling less than 5 percent will also be eliminated from the subsequent ballot. A candidate securing a majority of convention delegates will be the nominee.

“We have an impressive roster of talent this year to challenge our Big Government opponents not only in the race for the White House, but also in state and local races,” noted Mr. Hinkle. “The major parties offer Americans only one solution: Bigger government.  Libertarians will show voters how we can make government small while dramatically increasing jobs, lowering taxes, and scaling back government debt.”

The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States, which is active in all 50 states and has more than 250,000 registered voters.

Libertarians call for ending government interference in personal, family and business decisions, much lower government spending, repeal of dangerous and unnecessary regulations, lower taxes, a currency free of government manipulation, free trade, and a peaceful, non-interventionist foreign policy.

Millions of Americans have voted for Libertarian Party candidates in past elections throughout the country, despite the fact that many state governments place roadblocks in order to keep third party candidates off the ballot and deprive voters of a real choice.

Additional information about the 2012 Libertarian National Convention can be found at www.LibertyWillWin.com. Additional information about the Libertarian Party can be found at www.LP.org.

Members of the press who plan to attend this event are requested to visit this link to obtain additional information and to request press credentials.

P.S. If you have not already done so, please join the Libertarian Party. We are the only political party with a mission to give voters a choice to downsize Big Government, to do so in the most humane way possible, to greatly reduce taxes, and to slash high government spending. You can also renew your membership. Or, you can simply make a contribution.

16 thoughts on “LP Media Release: Libertarian Party’s National Convention May 3-6 in Las Vegas

  1. Tony Wall

    It’s nice to see we’ve hired the Commission on Presidential Debates to exclude candidates from participating in the debate. If we become ‘them,’ how can we change ‘them.’

  2. wolfefan

    Contra whoever writes these things (Howell?) the R’s and D’s have exactly the same procedure for selecting their VP nominee as the LP does. If Johnson is nominated, the delegates can either agree with his selection of Gray or not. The same thing could, according to the rules, have happened for Biden or Palin.

  3. Thomas L. Knapp

    wolfefan@2,

    If I’m not mistaken, the GOP and Democrats do have different rules for VP nomination.

    At the LNC convention, it is fairly easy to have one’s name placed in nomination for the VP slot.

    In 2004, a group tried to get Howard Dean nominated from the floor as an alternative to Kerry’s pick (Edwards), but the rules specified that they had to have some very high number of delegates committed for that to happen (I think it was 20%). Otherwise, the presidential nominee’s pick was the only choice, to be nominated by acclamation (which is what happened).

  4. George Phillies

    “The first round of balloting will begin after the opening of the convention on Thursday, May 3rd and close at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, May 4th when delegates will choose participants of a nationally-televised Presidential debate that will take place on Friday, May 4th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Those included in the debate will be announced by 3:30 P.M. on May 4th. Only candidates scoring 10 percent of the ballot or more will be allowed to take part.”

    Oh, darn. Tokens aren’t reliable enough.

    By the way, the press release says “balloting”, and there are convention rules referring to balloting for Presidential candidates and how it is done.

  5. Sam Sloan

    As you can see they have left my name off the list again. This is entirely because of Mark Axinn, Chairman of the New York Libertarian Party. He has been doing everything to stop me from becoming a candidate.

    My main problem is the Chairman of the New York Libertarian Party, Mark Axinn, strongly
    opposes me because I was opposed to his designated candidate for governor of the State of New York, Warren Redlich, who was not even a Libertarian Party member and had not signed the pledge, so in retaliation Axinn is trying to block me from getting the Presidential
    nomination. Axinn even wrote to me that if I do not withdraw my candidacy he will write all the other state chairmen and do everything to, in his words, “to expose [me] as a fraud”. I can show you the email in case you doubt he wrote this.
    Meanwhile, Mark Axinn is endorsing Carl Person, who is an extreme leftist and in no way a Libertarian.

  6. Steven Berson

    Jill – as far as I know Scott Keller, Bill Still, Roger Gary and R.J. Harris have all withdrawn their bids for the LP Presidential nomination.

    Of the remaining candidate I’d say the ones that could garner the 30 needed delegates for nomination are
    Gary Johnson and Lee Wrights as definites –
    Jim Burns and Carl Person as maybes –

    Leroy Saunders, Joy Waymire, James Ogle, Mosheh Thezion, Sam Sloan (and a few others who don’t even have websites and have never attended an LP State Convention Presidential forum) as doubtfuls.

  7. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    If we become ‘them,’ how can we change ‘them.’

    Libertarians have tried to disenfranchise fellow libertarians and engaged in other political dirty tricks (e.g., Nevada, Oregon, cruise conventions, locating conventions to benefit favored sons, etc.), so I don’t think that things will change if “we” become “them.”

    Libertarians have proven to be no more principled, on average, then are Democrats or Republicans. You have good and bad people in all parties.

    I vote for the individual, not the party.

  8. paulie

    At this point it seems entirely possible that Johnson and Wrights will be the only ones debating, or even the only ones nominated.

  9. LibertarianGirl

    that sucks , lets make it interesting and give tokens to the bench players…..this is starting to look like the smoothest least competative convention ever and that just aint right. were Libertarians after all…but nothing could ever top secretly doing the straw poll for Nolan and staying up figuring shit out and predicting the Chair vote dead on….i felt like fucking 007 that ate a canary….well if it gets too boring Jim Duensing will be there , i know hes unproductive and downright embarrassing at times but damnit hes entertaining……

  10. wolfefan

    Tom @2 – thanks for the clarification. I should have been more clear. The rules are different, but not in the way that the post states. The current GOP/Dem practice is relatively recent – within my memory there were open convention fights over the VP slot.

  11. Jill Pyeatt

    LG says: “well if it gets too boring Jim Duensing will be there , i know hes unproductive and downright embarrassing at times but damnit hes entertaining……”

    LOL–I’m looking forward to meeting both of you!

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  13. Carol Moore

    No live feed from the floor? We’ve already missed the fun of the LNC meeting. Are we going to miss the fun of the Floor fee battle? Who’se uploading stuff on Youtube? Who’s going to be twittering. I don’t want to miss my favorite LP SOAPS!!!

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