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Libertarian nominee seeking unattached Super Pac donors looking for a better return
Libertarian Party Selects Gary Johnson As Presidential Nominee
The party's goal will now be to scale up fast enough to make a difference in the November election.
05/29/2016 01:11 pm ET

ORLANDO, Fla. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson secured the Libertarian Party's nomination for president Sunday, capping off the party's weekend-long biennial convention. The nomination came after an often raucous nominating convention, in which Johnson was unable to obtain the necessary 50-plus percent of convention delegates on the first round of balloting. After the first round, officials from the five major Libertarian campaigns jockeyed for delegates, though Johnson's nomination was never really in doubt, having fallen only six delegates short in the first round, out of a total of 925 votes cast. He ultimately with just under 59 percent of delegates' support. There was still the outstanding question of his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld; the Libertarian Party selects its president and vice president separately.

Johnson will now serve as the standard-bearer for the economically conservative, socially liberal party. Interest in alternative presidential candidacies has spiked recently, due in part to the historically low approval ratings of Republican presumptive nominee businessman Donald Trump and likely Democratic nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Several recent polls have found Johnson, who served as New Mexico's Republican governor from 1995 to 2003 and was the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee in 2012, earning the support of around 10 percent of likely voters.

Thus far, the Johnson campaign has been running a mostly shoestring operation, focusing more on building support within the party than soliciting support for the general election. "If [the nomination] happens, I think there will be a lot of money that will roll into this campaign and given a lot of money," Johnson said Saturday. "I think we'll have a lot of real expertise at the table that we haven't had to this point and would be able to strategize." Libertarian Party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark told The Huffington Post the goal will be to entice disillusioned bundlers and so-called megadonors to donate to his party. "[I'll be] explaining why the return on their political investment for putting money into the Libertarian Party is so much better than the return on political investment for putting money into one of the old parties," Sarwark said.

"I've talk to three or four people just at this convention who have super PACs right now who don't have a candidate to support," he continued. "[They] are here to see who we nominate and to see if that's a ticket that they can get their network behind." In addition, the Johnson campaign and Libertarian Party officials have their sights set on the presidential debates, which they view as their best chance of reaching a wider audience. Currently, the Commission on Presidential Debates mandates that a candidate receive 15 percent in national polls to earn a spot in the debate. The Johnson campaign is currently involved in a lawsuit against the commission to lower the threshold.

Johnson's running mate, Weld, was thrown into jeopardy this weekend as activists raised concerns over Weld's ideological bona fides. Weld was a state campaign chair for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and many in the party viewed his recent addition to the ticket with suspicion. Many also expressed concerns over his decision in 2006 to leave the New York gubernatorial race after securing the Libertarian nomination, leaving the party without a candidate. Weld's attempt to stem the bleeding only made matters worse. In a debate on Friday, he voiced his support for the United Nations, a bête noire in Libertarian circles. Exacerbating the situation, he said Libertarians are often regarded as "unattractive people."

On Saturday, when another attendee called for reducing the CIA's presence overseas, Weld replied that he was possibly biased in the matter, name-checking Kermit Roosevelt Jr, his "great uncle in-law" and a leading CIA figure who helped depose a number of foreign governments, including the 1953 overthrow of Iran's democratically elected leader, Mohammad Mosaddegh. Johnson spent much of his speech Sunday urging the gathered delegates to select Weld as their vice presidential nominee, stressing the media's interest in Weld's candidacy and the former Massachusetts governor's political expertise. "I want you to know if it's not Bill Weld, I don't think we have the opportunity of being elected president of the United States," he said.

Johnson stressed that he was not a prolific fundraiser, but said Weld had raised "closer to a quarter of a billion dollars" in the course of his career. Johnson added that he planned to take his campaign all the way to the White House. "We do have the opportunity to reach millions and millions of Americans," he said. "I've never been involved in this without the notion of winning."


Emphasis added. At least they're making no secret of being for sale.
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Bill Kristol is planning to put up a third party candidate.

It would threaten to broker the November election and throw it into the House of Representatives which is filled with nutcases. Can you say President Ted Cruz and VP Carly Finorina? :Swear:
"We'll know our disinformation campaign is complete when everything the American public believes is false." --William J. Casey, D.C.I

"We will lead every revolution against us." --Theodore Herzl

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