Live Blogging the 2008 Libertarian Presidential Debateby Stephen Littau
7:06 p.m. Barr admires Ayn Rand.
7:10 p.m. Gravel describes the problems associated with the two party system, incorrectly calls the U.S. a democracy, slams big oil, and champions the Libertarian Party.
7:11 p.m. Phillies says vote Libertarian. Describes himself as “the centrist libertarian.” Slams the Bush Administration.
7:14 p.m. Network Down. Sorry.
7:20 p.m. Jingozian’s philosophical hero is Ben Franklin
7:21 p.m. Mary Ruwart’s philosophical hero is also Ayn Rand.
7:23 p.m. Steve Kubby’s philosophical hero was Nolan.
7:25 p.m. Root’s is Yogi Berra
7:30 p.m. Phillies says we should bring the troops home.
7:31 p.m. Jingozian says war in Iraq will not end if Barack Obama is elected…vote Libertarian.
7:33 p.m. Root says war in Iraq was a mistake. He supported the war in the beginning but now says it was a mistake. All future wars must be authorized by congress.
7:35 p.m. Barr says that we should have a defensive military policy rather than offensive.
7:36 p.m. Jingozian says government should get out of the way and allow private industry to solve the energy problem.
7:37 p.m. Jingozian is against drilling in ANWR because we are too dependant on oil.
7:39 p.m. Ruwart says we need to go to alternative energy sources.
7:40 p.m. Kubby says he leads by example on energy.
7:41 p.m. Root Ethanol is not the answer. Let the free market lead the way. Government get out of the way.
7:42 p.m. Barr says get the government out of the way for energy policy
7:43 p.m. Gravel says its not so simple to have the government get out of the way. The government needs to be involved to solve the energy policy.
7:45 p.m. Jingozian says he doesn’t necessarily know all the answers. We must ask the right questions.
7:46 p.m. Ruwart says environmental policy should be based on property rights.
7:47 p.m. Jingozian says that the government is not the answer to environmental concern. I seem to see a pattern emerging here.
7:48 p.m. Root slams Al Gore for his environmental hypocrisy. Government pollutes more than we do.
7:49 p.m. Barr slams McCain for supporting the Kyoto Protocol.
7:50 p.m. Gravel champions private property rights concerning the environment? Wow.
7:51 p.m. Phillies wants to be the president of all people. Hates how politics has distorted science.
7:53 p.m. Ruwart would abolish the PATRIOT Act and stop Real ID
7:54 p.m. Kubby is confused about where Barr stands on the PATRIOT Act.
7:55 p.m. Root says PATRIOT Act is what turned him into a Libertarian. No to Real ID. Privatize the war on terror.
7:56 p.m. Barr says U.S. policies are based on fear. Kill the PATRIOT Act real good.
7:57 p.m. Gravel says this is a “no brainier.” Champions his crazy National Initiative.
7:59 p.m. Phillies will bring government civil liberties violators to justice.
8:00 p.m. Jingozian says we cannot trust Democrats and Republicans to change these policies.
8:00 p.m. Kubby says that the current immigration policy is racist.
8:02 p.m. Root says open immigration can only occur once the welfare problems are solved.
8:04 p.m. Barr: What immigration policy? Make sure immigrants are not security threats then let them in.
8:05 p.m. Gravel: open the borders and pass the Fair Tax.
8:06 p.m. Phillies says borders will not matter in the ‘libertarian future.’
8:07 p.m. Jingozian: we cannot have open borders in a welfare state.
8:08 p.m. Ruwart: regulators kill jobs.
8:09 p.m. Root: war on drugs is a failure. End the international and domestic war on drugs. First step – legalize marijuana.
8:11 p.m. Barr: the war on drugs is a failure. He realizes it now that he is not in government.
8:12 p.m. Gravel: drugs abuse is a public health problem not a criminal justice problem.
8:13 p.m. Phillies: we haven’t learned our lesson from prohibition. We cannot afford to run each others lives.
8:14 p.m. Jingozian: war on drugs is unwinnable. To solve the drug problem we must legalize all drugs. He would pardon all non-violent drug offenders. Gets a HUGE applause.
8:16 p.m. Kubby: has a huge buzz. Medical marijuana should be legalized. Would end drug war with an executive order.
8:18 p.m. Barr: has someone in mind for the Supreme Court.
8:19 p.m. Gravel: term limits for all judges.
8:20 p.m. Phillies: would appoint libertarian law professors.
8:21 p.m. Jingozian: judiciary has been corrupted like all other areas of government. Agrees with Gravel about term limits for judges.
8:22 p.m. Ruwart: would appoint principled judges.
8:23 p.m. Kubby: the courts have overstepped their authority since Maubury vs. Madison.
8:24 p.m. Root: would appoint judges who follow the Constitution. Education is the new civil rights issue of our time.
8:25 p.m. Gravel: healthcare and education are rights. Empower the people.
8:27 p.m. Phillies: your healthcare should be for you not someone else.
8:28 p.m. Jingozian: deregulate the medical industry.
8:29 p.m. Ruwart: universal healthcare is not the solution. Uses Canada and Europe as examples.
8:30 p.m. Kubby: has personal experience in dealing with the FDA as a cancer patient.
8:31 p.m. Root: “Do you want the government who handled Katrina to run healthcare?” Good point.
8:32 p.m. Barr: we need more transparency in medical billing.
8:33 p.m. Phillies: gays should have all the same rights as everyone else.
8:34 p.m. Jingozian: why is the government even in the issue of marriage?
8:35 p.m. Ruwart: marriage is a private matter and none of the government’s business.
8:36 p.m. Root: its none of the government’s business AT ANY LEVEL.
8:37 p.m. Barr: regrets sponsoring the Defense of Marriage Act. Will work to repeal it. WOW!
8:38 p.m. Gravel: marriage is a commitment between two people.
8:39 p.m. Jingozian: will sell the libertarian message to non-libertarians.
8:40 p.m. Ruwart: plays the woman card. Evokes Ron Paul’s name every chance she can.
8:41 p.m. Kubby: too many conservative in the LP.
8:42 p.m. Root: will go after small businessmen and online poker players for his vote.
8:43 p.m. Barr: details his LP credentials.
8:44 p.m. Gravel: details his Senate career. Says freedom 3 times.
8:46 p.m. Phillies: calls conservative radio “hate radio”. Was that really necessary?
8:47 p.m. Ruwart: will repeal all gun laws.
8:48 p.m. Barr: “The 2nd Amendment is really the 1st Amendment.” Opposes the D.C. gun laws.
8:49 p.m. Gravel: 2nd Amendment can be subject to popular vote.
8:50 p.m. Phillies and Jingozian agree that the 2nd Amendment is a fundamental right.
8:51 p.m. Barr: fear should not be part of public policy.
8:52 p.m. Gravel: falsely believes democracy equals liberty.
8:53 p.m. Jingozian: would run the Whitehouse like a business.
8:54 p.m. Ruwart: libertarian positions are becoming more mainstream.
8:55 p.m. Kubby: talks about how he reformed marijuana laws in California.
8:56 p.m. Root: he has the most energy to run a libertarian campaign. Stops short of pulling a Howard Dean primal scream.
8:58 p.m. Debate over.