Libertarian National Committee Invites Ron Paul To Run As A Libertarianby Doug Mataconis
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.