Exciting Primary Election News

What an exciting matchup it is: Hillary v. Obama battling it out to the convention, it’s a horse race people, and the most exciting one we’ve had in years, right?

April Fools.

The most exciting primary election at this moment is actually shaping up to be the Libertarian one. There are still many candidates in the field heading into the convention, and it could prove to be a raucous fight on the convention floor to see who will be the torch-bearer this year.

Wikipedia puts all the third party and independent candidates on one page for some reason: United States third party presidential candidates 2008. Obviously the Libertarian race is the most exciting one on there. Lots of candidates, and a few even have a little bit of name recognition!

They leave off Bob Barr, though. I wonder if they have information that I don’t have. Anyway, here are the candidates that I’ve heard about:

  • Bob Barr — formerly a Republican congressman from Georgia, now a ‘life member’ of the libertarian national committee, Barr is essentially an anti-war Republican. He has a good deal of name recognition stemming from his pivotal role in the Clinton impeachment, and also is expected to be endorsed by Ron Paul.
  • Mike Gravel — formerly a Democratic senator from Alaska, Gravel was “popular” on the internet for a while as a candidate in the Democratic primary. His big thing is the national initiative, allowing voters to make the laws.
  • Steve Kubby — a medical marijuana activist for many years, he played a pivotal role in passing the medical marijuana initiative in California. He has recently had some trouble with the law, being purposely targeted by top federal drug officials for his activist (and protected) political speech.
  • Mary Ruwart — I really don’t know much about her, but she seems to be the candidate a lot of people I respect are supporting. She has a Ph.D. in biophysics, and has run for the Senate in Texas on the Libertarian ticket. She seems to be an expert on pharmaceuticals and the medical industry.
  • Wayne Allyn Root — a television personality and sports handicapper from Las Vegas, he has a bit more of a Republican sensibility.
  • George Phillies — who has run for congress on the libertarian ticket in Massachusetts, and who is something of an insider candidate.

There are a few other candidates that I’m not familiar with, but I hope to find out more. The libertarian convention takes place from May 23 to May 26 in Denver. Expect little to no coverage in the mainstream media, even though real conventions are much more exciting than the dreary events put on by the major parties.

If I can figure out what’s going on, I’ll try to keep you updated.


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