Lincoln Chafee Withdraws 2020 Libertarian Presidential Candidacy

IPR, April 5th, 2020

Former Rhode Island Governor and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee has withdrawn from the race for the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

In a Facebook post Chafee writes:

I enjoy campaigns. It is rewarding to participate in our electoral process; to exchange ideas with other candidates, to offer to the voters our experiences, visions for the future and open to inspection our past records.

As a new Libertarian I entered the race for the nomination for President and have met Libertarians from California to Alabama to New Hampshire. This adventure obviously changed with the frightening corona virus outbreak even as our campaign made a successful transfer to virtual connections via social media.

However after a tremendous amount of thought, I am no longer going to be a candidate for our Party’s nomination. I look forward to helping other Libertarians seeking office.

I share with Libertarians many views but especially our aversion to foreign entanglements. In the eighteen years since I voted against the Iraq war I have experienced the difficulty of having intelligent discussions on American foreign policy and the use of our military overseas. It is almost a forbidden subject. Others who have tried, such as Ron Paul and recently, Tulsi Gabbard I’m sure would agree. The invasion of Iraq was based on a falsehood, a falsehood supported by so many in government and the media. The ramification of this mistake is with us today as we face the Covid 19 epidemic trillions in unnecessary debt.

I am still motivated by my personal experiences as an anti war candidate but accept that the timing is difficult for me as a Libertarian in 2020. Thank you to supporters and volunteers, your energy, passion and smarts added to the joy of campaigning!

Stay safe, best wishes.

Thanks to Krzysztof Lesiak for the tip in the Open Thread.

Chafee, a Republican in the Senate, an Independent Governor, and a Democratic candidate for president in 2016, joined the Libertarian Party just last year.  Out the gate for his 2020 bid, Chafee had trouble garnering support.  In debates and media appearances, he stumbled on questions about his past support for gun control and multiple votes in favor of the Patriot Act.

Chafee’s withdrawal leaves 1996 Libertarian Vice presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen, Future of Freedom Foundation founder and president Jacob Hornberger, former Libertarian Party Vice Chairman Arvin Vohra, anti-war activist Adam Kokesh, former president of the Grady County (Georgia) NAACP John Monds, and performance artist Vermin Supreme as the most visible candidates for the party’s presidential nomination. Independent Congressman Justin Amash is reportedly considering a run.  The party plans to nominate a presidential ticket at the National convention May 21–25 in Austin, Texas, though this venue may change due to closures resulting from the Coronavirus Pandemic.

BAN: Constitution Party Will Hold a Videoconference National Convention

From BAN:

Constitution Party Will Hold a Videoconference National Convention

Posted on  by Richard Winger

On March 25, the Constitution Party National Committee approved a plan for a presidential convention that will be by videoconference. It will be May 1-2. Delegates must be registered by April 15. Presidential candidates may be nominated on the motion of two state delegations. Delegates can send debate questions in advance for the presidential debate. Each state delegation will caucus after the speeches and other presentations. Each state can decide for itself whether to have a physical meeting or a remote meeting. Chairs of each state’s delegation will announce their state’s vote, but each delegate will also separately e-mail his or her vote to the national secretary, as a back-up.

The fee to be a delegate has been reduced, so ironically that, along with the elimination of travel costs, may increase the number of delegates.

The party had amended its bylaws in 2008 to provide for this type of convention in case of a national emergency, so no bylaw change was needed.

The details should be on the party’s national website in a few days.Posted in Uncategorizedpermalink

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Constitution Party Will Hold a Videoconference National Convention — 22 Comments

  1. Andy on  said:Wouldn’t a videoconference be better?
  2. Richard Winger on  said:I think I used the wrong word, and it is a videoconference. Thanks for mentioning this. I will correct the post.
  3. Andy on  said:I heard that the Constitution Party shot down a motion to conduct their national committee meetings via videoconference awhile back. That was a bad move, in my opinion.There are people in the Libertarian Party who have been talking about moving at least some of LNC meeting to videoconference, but as far as I know, it has yet to be done. I really see no reason for a political party’s national committee to have more than one in person meeting per year.I do think that national conventions should be in person (unless there is a disease scare like now, or a natural disaster), because national conventions are good for drawing publicity and socializing.
  4. Jeff Becker on  said:Will the public be allowed to watch via livestream? If so, hopefully at no cost.
  5. Demo Rep on  said:ZERO party hack caucuses, primaries and conventions for PUBLIC nominations.Parties can have clubby websites for platform machinations — for pre-skooool clubby MORON types [some of which are on BAN].—
    ONE election day
    EQUAL nom pets
    The REAL candidates become the PUBLIC legislative party— to show the super-extremism of the top RED communist Donkeys and Blue fascist Elephants.
  6. Fact checker on  said:Can someone translate the previous comment to human?
  7. Ban Demo Rep on  said:Something about not leaving the basement in thirty years.
  8. Me Pedro on  said:Tom Jones vive en el sótano de su madre y todavía bebe su leche de una taza con sorbos. Pero perdió su chupete y a su conejito de peluche le falta una oreja, así que por favor sea amable con él hoy.
  9. Jim Riley on  said:@FC,Demo Rep believes that candidates should qualify for the ballot as individuals, just as they do in most cities. Formal privileges for political parties would be eliminated. This does not preclude individuals associating together in political parties or on ad hoc basis to support individual candidates, just as they did in De Tocqueville’s time.
  10. Demo Rep on  said:3 usual morons / trolls / spies
    1 human
    ——MODEL STATE CONST PARTSec. 5. (1) All elected officers shall be registered Electors in addition to any other qualifications in this constitution.
    (2) A person may hold only 1 elected or appointed office.
    (3) All incumbents and all other candidates shall respectively file a declaration of candidacy by [5] P.M.][203] and [196] days before the election day.
    (4) The names of all candidates shall be put on the election ballots only by Elector forms equal by law to not more than [0.1] percent of the number of Electors who voted in the last regular election in such area which shall be filed and verified respectively by [105] and [70] days before the election day.
    (5) Elector form [12] point type, [3.5 by 4.25 inches]:
    NOMINATING PETITION – PARTISAN (for legislative offices) / NONPARTISAN (for executive and judicial offices)
    I nominate (candidate’s name and address) (of the (one word party name – not more than 16 capital letters) Party) for (office) in (election area) at the (date) election.
    Elector signature, printed name, address and date signed. [Elector in area involved]
    Return to- (address)
    (6) No filing shall be withdrawn.
    (7) Legislative candidates shall have their party’s name in (5) [and all candidates may by law have a [0.4 inch by 0.4 inch] symbol] next to their names on the ballots.
    (8) All legislative body candidates and members shall file 1 or more rank order lists of persons to fill any temporary or permanent vacancy of the candidate or member during an election time or term respectively.
    (9) The qualified person who is highest on the list shall fill the vacancy.
    (10) If (8-9) does not happen, then the other candidates of his/her party (if any), the other members of his/her party (if any) or the legislative body shall fill such vacancy with a qualified person of the same party immediately at its next meeting, as the case may be.
  12. Me Pedro on  said:Gee, Tommy. Eres tan listo. Deberías postularte para un cargo.
  13. Demo Rep on  said:When will the resident moron go to Adam/Eve original language ???or at least Noah’s Ark language ???or at least the various DEAD languages of monarch/oligarch killer/enslaver regimes – destroyed by civil/foreign wars ???
  14. Ban Demo Rep on  said:Tommy Jones is riled up today! Maybe he needs an enema.
  15. Fact checker on  said:Why can’t you write in 21st century English? Hell, Elizabethan English would be an upgrade for you. You’re not helping any point you want to make by writing it in gibberish, bullshit, nonsense, or whatever term can be used to describe the collection of words and non-words that you write. Get a clue!
  16. Demo Rep on  said:Besides the morons being generally math clueless they are are super-clueless regarding constitutional LAW language.Waiting for the BAN purge of them so they rot elsewhere on the internet – Russia, China, Iran, N. Korea, etc.
  17. Me Pedro on  said:Es hora de tomar tu medicación, Tommy.
  18. Dom Pere on  said:De toute évidence quelque chose dans l’air dans la ville automobile. Je vous suggère d’appeler votre thérapeute, Thomas.
  19. Fact checker on  said:Thank you Demo Rep. That actually made sense.
  20. Demo Rep on  said:What is the word for MORON in Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, etc. ???Too many MORONS to count in election law stuff in all languages — esp on BAN.
  21. Rod Empe on  said:Here ya go, Tommy: báichī (Chinese), leathcheann (Irish), bevakooph (Hindi)
  22. Cody Quirk on  said:*grabs his bowl of popcorn*

Darryl W. Perry endorses Jo Jorgensen for president

Darryl W. Perry
From Darryl W. Perry‘s Facebook page, February 28th, 2020:
When the 2020 Libertarian POTUS race began, I was thrilled to support my friend Kim Ruff. However, she departed the race on January 11, 2020. Since then, I have been asked countless times who I’ll be supporting, and have taken a closer look at all of the announced Libertarian candidates for President. There are several candidates in this race that I respect, and that I could support should they get the nomination. The candidates I could support all know how to articulate Libertarian principles, though they have different styles in how they deliver their message and issues on which they focus. One of my top pet issues is Criminal Justice Reform. As a Presidential candidate in 2016, and now as a gubernatorial candidate in NH, pardoning all people convicted of non-violent victimless crimes has been a major part of my platform, along with repealing those laws altogether. Other top issues include ending the wars, bringing the troops home, free trade & open immigration, cutting the budget, and reducing taxes to as close to zero as possible. These are all issues that libertarians and Libertarians should be able to agree with, however a few of the candidates in the race, sadly, do not. Of those who do, there is one candidate I believe will best articulate and promote these ideas, and has a resume to support this belief. I’m endorsing a candidate who is a Life Member of the Libertarian Party, has been a member since the 1980’s, and was the 1996 Vice Presidential nominee. I am endorsing Jo Jorgensen for President of the United States, and urge you to likewise support Jo Jorgensen: the perfect Libertarian to represent the Libertarian Party in 2020!

Video released of California Libertarian Party presidential debate

The following video was posted 23 hours ago (length: 2 hours):
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Libertarian Presidential Debates hosted by the Libertarian Party of California This debate took place on February 16th, 2020 and was hosted by the Libertarian Party of California. The debate was moderated by Matt Welch of Reason Magazine Participants in the debate were: Candidates listed in their appearance on the stage Vermin Supreme Lincoln Chafee Mark Whitney Jo Jorgensen Jacob Hornberger Adam Kokesh Video of the candidates that did not appear on the debate stage as part of the main debate will be uploaded once edited. The priority was on getting the edited main debate out as quickly as possible. Audio was recorded and mixed by Vertigo Debate was recorded and edited by 3L Productions you can support 3L Production through 3L Productions will be supporting future Libertarian Presidential Debates at upcoming state conventions. The next major state convention we are supporting is the LPPA Convention March 6th through 8th. Event Tickets and the debate is open to anyone that wants to attend and buys a ticket.…

Libertarian Party of California holds presidential debate

The Libertarian Party of California held its state convention from February 15-17th, 2020. During the convention, a presidential debate was held. Adam Kokesh, Jacob Hornberger, Jo Jorgensen, Mark Whitney, Lincoln Chafee and Vermin Supreme. Several candidates, such as John Monds and Dan “Taxation is Theft” Behrman, did not make the cut for the debate. The video runs for 2 hours and one minute:

Jacob Hornberger wins Iowa Libertarian caucus

LP Iowa website: Libertarian Party Presidential Caucus Winner and Results:

February 8, 2020 / By Joseph Howe

The Libertarian Party of Iowa is pleased to announce the results of our first ever Libertarian Presidential Preference Poll. Libertarians gathered across the state at county level caucuses and conventions to elect officers, build county committees and select delegates to the 2020 LPIA State Convention. Additionally, The LPIA conducted a Virtual Caucus, ensuring the greatest possible participation and inclusion for Libertarians across the state. The LPIA, in the tradition of the Iowa Caucuses, held a Presidential Straw Poll to signal registered Libertarians preference for our Presidential nomination. We are pleased to announce the winner: Future of Freedom Foundation founder Jacob Hornberger, who took a commanding 47.52% of the vote. Rounding out the top five are former Rhode Island Governor and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee, 1996 Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee Jo Jorgensen, Veterans Against the Iraq War founder Adam Kokesh and software engineer and entrepreneur Daniel Behrman.

About Jacob Hornberger, from his website:

Forty years ago, when he was a young trial lawyer in his hometown of Laredo, Texas, Jacob Hornberger discovered the libertarian philosophy. The discovery changed the course of his life.

Jacob is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation a non-profit educational foundation whose mission is to present the principled case for the libertarian philosophy (and which, as a non-profit foundation, does not endorse his candidacy or any other candidacy).

On November 2, 2019, Jacob announced his candidacy for the 2020 Libertarian Party nomination at the South Carolina state convention.

Iowa state delegates will select our national delegation at the 2020 LPIA State Convention and Presidential Forum at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 29th. These delegates, while not bound to these results, will give thoughtful consideration of these results. The candidates in attendance of the Presidential Forum will discuss the issues that Iowa Libertarians hold dear. Jacob Hornberger, Iowa Caucus winner, will be a participant along with nine other candidates, click for information on Forum and Convention

Jacob Hornberger13447.52%
Lincoln Chafee3612.77%
Jo Jorgensen186.38%
Adam Kokesh176.03%
Daniel Behrman144.96%
John McAfee103.55%
Vermin Supreme93.19%
Other (Write In)82.84%
Sam Robb72.48%
Max Abramson62.13%
Mark Whitney41.42%
Arvin Vorha31.06%
Ken Armstrong20.71%
Keenan Wallace Dunham20.71%
Souraya Faas20.71%
Benjamin Leder10.35%
John Monds10.35%
Daniel Christman00.00%
James Ogle00.00%
Steve Richey00.00%
Total Votes282100.00%