Skip to comments.Johnson Files Antitrust Suit To Appear in Debates (Libertarian candidate)
Posted on 09/30/2012 6:48:39 PM PDT by CedarDave
Washington Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson isnt going out without a fight.
The former New Mexico governor this week took his case for inclusion in the presidential debates to U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Johnsons presidential campaign filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging that the Commission on Presidential Debates is colluding with the Republican and Democratic parties to prevent third-party candidates from participating.
Its antitrust. Were being excluded by a private organization, and it is fundamentally unfair, Johnson told the Journal on Friday.
The first presidential debate is Wednesday. Two more debates are scheduled for Oct. 16 and Oct. 22.
Johnson would appear to meet all of the debate commissions criteria for inclusion except for one: 15 percent support in national polls. The commissions web site says that to be invited to participate, a candidate must receive at least 15 percent of the national electorate as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations.
Johnson sa id Friday that the standard is unfair because he hasnt been included in most major polls, although he will be on the presidential ballot in at least 47 states, including New Mexico.
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one poll in NM showed him taking votes away from 0bama.
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Do enough people know this guy? I never heard of him until a few weeks ago.
Your right about taking the votes away so the left is surely out there secretly helping him.
What a selfish prick!
He is an idiot, and anyone who supports Johnson is an idiot.
Full name: Gary Earl JohnsonMore at the link.
Birthplace: Minot, North Dakota
Spouse: Dee Simms (19772005); Domestic partner: Kate Prusack (fiancée; 2009present)
Previous Experience: former owner, Big J Enterprises; governor of New Mexico, 1995-1998, 1999-2002.
Education: B.S. , University of New Mexico.
By Michael Coleman
Journal Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee for president, knew that running for the White House wouldnt be easy.
But he didnt know it would be this difficult, either.
I naively thought this was going to be a fair process the same process I encountered in New Mexico, where I got a fair shake, the former two-term New Mexico governor said in a Journal interview. Running for president of the United States? Its a club and I didnt belong.
Johnson, 59, initially sought the Republican presidential nomination, but he was not invited to participate in most televised primary debates. It hurt not only his ability to get his message heard, but also his fundraising.
The fiscally conservative and socially liberal Johnson abandoned his Republican presidential bid in late December 2011 and sought the Libertarian Party nomination instead. He secured that nomination in May and is currently on the ballot in 47 states, including New Mexico.
Johnson said he is running for president to slash federal spending, restore civil liberties he says are eroding and bring American troops home from foreign wars.
Which is why we will never have a decent candidate. The decent ones never get to participate totally. What is Obama and Romney afraid of. Scared that perhaps this guy or Virgil Goode might be impressive enough at the debates that they win? That is the only reason that they are banned. I would rather have all candidates participate in the debates especially since the Republican Party is going more and more liberal and a Tea Party or some conservative candidate in the future may be needed....actually needed now but for now we will take liberal Romney.
Any idiot can get on the ballot.
Getting the nomination of a major Party is important.
If you can’t get that?
You do not deserve the time or attention of anyone.
Is this Gary Johnston, who graduated from Iowa University Summa Cum Laude with a double major in theater and world languages?
Top gun actor!
If he was excluded by a ‘private organization’ where /how does he think/believe he has any call on participating? It seems to me he should have found his own forum for a debate if he could get the other two to participate. It also seems to me that he is kind of an odd fellow.
A libertarian candidate invoking one of the most progressive anti-business gov’t interference laws for his own benefit.
and in a related story “the sun went down tonight and soon after the waxing moon became the dominate hevenly body.”
Hm, interesting stance. It does beg several questions though.
First, what qualifies as "major party"? Only Democrat and Republican, or would Constitution or Libertarian count?
Second, given that the Democratic party is openly approving of selfishly murderous policies (abortion) and the Republican party is even worse* (they claim to be against it, but when was the last time they even put forward a token push in congress? Never, to my knowledge, in my political lifetime.) why should such "major party" nominations count for terribly much?
* Similar can be said for 2nd Amendment (WRT GCA/NFA), Government Size (when was the last time a government agency was disbanded and its employees/functions not rolled into another agency?), Government Accountability (Fast & Furious was an unauthorized act of war and, by definition, State Sponsored Terrorism), Fiscal Responsibility (see government size), the 4th/5th/6th/7th/8th/9th/10th Amendments (when was the last time a significant proposal to drop the War on Drugs, the single most destructive set of policies [ie mindset] to rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights)?
What a douche.
Actually, I would like to see them all on one stage. It would soon become apparent that Romney is the only thoughtful adult there. Imagine the Green and Communist candidates parroting Pres. Obama. Imagine the others trying to make themselves sound electable.
He doesn’t have support and he is whining ( as libertarians seem to want to do) that the rules are unfair. IF anyone were going to vote for this guy they would have done so in the primaries. Now the losing whiner wants things to be different because he is somehow special
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