Libertarian National Convention Chooses Presidential Debaters

LAS VEGAS – Delegates of the National Libertarian Convention here Friday chose two participants of a presidential debate that will precede elections of the Libertarian Party’s Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees.

The debate, a key event in the nominating process, will begin at 6:00 P.M. Friday, May 4th at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. and will broadcast live on C-Span It will be moderated by David Bergland, a former party National Chair and the 1984 presidential nominee.

According to the results of a secret vote, taking part in tonight’s debate will be:

Gary Johnson, a former two-term governor for New Mexico, whose frequent use of the veto pen has earned him the nickname of “Governor Veto.” He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. See also

R. Lee Wrights, a long-time Libertarian Party activist, writer and publisher. Mr. Wrights has dedicated his life and career to promoting the ideas of small government and individual freedom. [Read more…]

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Presidential Debate LiveStream

Join us at 3:30 p.m. EDT for our Presidential Debate taking place at the 2012 State Convention at the Georgia Center in Athens, Georgia. The stream below will house the debate. Enjoy!

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Change The Debate

Often, Libertarians are faced with difficult issues to explain, as the commonly-used terms to describe government action, and to a far lesser extent, inaction, sound so non-threatening or even pleasant. Social Security, defense spending, public schools, and helping the poor sound innocuous enough, but Libertarians see that those terms often mean entitlement spending, war-mongering, poor education, and forced giving. The only way to have a conversation where the Libertarian position is accurately portrayed is when we change the debate. Changing the debate does not mean ignoring the “tough questions” to focus on campaign rhetoric, but rather using terms that accurately describe issues and solutions. To that end, let’s examine a recent post by the folks at Downsize DC, focused on changing our lexicon by using words that ACTUALLY mean what they say, rather than the focus group-approved, pleasant-sounding language used by those wishing to grow the size of government, regardless of whether they play for the Red Team or the Blue Team.

People constantly use these terms . . .

  • The Public Sector
  • The Private Sector

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