Libertarian National Committee Invites Ron Paul To Run As A Libertarian

Via Third Party Watch:

In a move most unusual for this body, the Libertarian National Committee just adopted a resolution encouraging Ron Paul to seek the Libertarian Party presidential nomination. The LNC is meeting in Charleston, SC this weekend.

The resolution recognized Paul’s standing and history with the Libertarian Party. It also recognized a renewed passion that Paul has ignited across America.

The resolution states:

In the event that Republican primary voters select a candidate other than Congressman Paul in February of 2008, the Libertarian National Committee invites Congressman Ron Paul to seek the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party to be decided in Denver, Colorado during the Memorial Day weekend of 2008.

Paul, of course, was the Libertarian nominee in 1988, but he’s said repeatedly throughout this campaign that he does not plan to run for President as anything other than a Republican in 2008. The fact that he continues to raise money for a Congressional re-election campaign would seem to be an indication that, if he isn’t the Republican nominee in November 2008, the only other office he’ll be running for is his Congressional seat in Texas.

Nonetheless, it’s an interesting move on the part of the Libertarian Party. I don’t think it will amount to anything, though, mostly because nothing the LP has done for 20 years has amounted to anything.

  • TanGeng


    As powerless as the LP has been, the libertarian intellectual body has improved over the years. However, I’m not sure the LP’s current group of members is willing to open up the party to a more mainstream audience. This move, I guess, is a sign of reaching into the mainstream. I’ll have to see how it turns out.

    The powerlessness of the LP has a lot more to do with ballot access, two party system, and gerrymandering. It does feel a bit hopeless.

  • Norm Nelson

    The biggest impediment to 3rd parties is the wasted vote syndrome. The middle having little substance is swayed to fear. That fear leads to voting against someone rather than voting for some one especially if they are a 3rd party.

    Only a ranked ballot of some kind that eliminates the wasted vote syndrome will enable 3rd parties to compete. Until then we are locked into insanity, doing the same thing but expecting a different result.

  • uhm

    I think fusion voting would be nice. It could break off the duopoly of big government politicians.

  • Anthony

    I would think continuing to raise money for Congressional re-election just means he is playing it safe and is not ready to abandon his district on a whim.

    Speaking as a Libertarian, I can confirm that the LP and its members have perpetrated some legendary acts of self-sabotage, but the party is certainly not completely insane. The nomination is Dr. Paul’s, if he wants it.

    I think the only way he considers it is if he reaches the necessary threshold to be included in the Presidential debates next year. That might require an outright win in the New Hamsphire primary. If that actually happens, one wonders if he would even have a choice NOT to run 3rd party. After all, his supporters are not voting for anyone else.