The 2004 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate, Michael Badnarik (I voted for him), has endorsed Republican Congressman, Dr. Ron Paul, for President of the United States in 2008. Ron Paul ran for President in 1988 on the Libertarian Party ticket and later switched to the Republican Party…
Badnarik also urged the Libertarian Party to nominate Ron Paul as well. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I hope the Libertarian Party is smart enough to say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœOh ho, somebody we can trust!Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ and nominate Ron Paul as our nominee,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We should set the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian labels aside, and vote for Ron Paul the person.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Badnarik said that a large campaign war chest would be required to Ã¢â‚¬Å“scare everything out of the RepublicansÃ¢â‚¬Â vying for the Presidential nomination, especially with the media trying to close Paul out of the race and deny him coverage.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He may be a Republican, but thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s already a news blackout on Ron Paul,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are going to have to get that information out to our friends and neighbors without the media.
The Republican party is split into three groups: The currently dominating “Religious Right”, traditional “Conservatives”, then there’s the libertarians where Ron Paul fits in. This is a difficult situation for the Libertarian Party – Here we have a credible libertarian who has a real chance of winning, probably the closest chances to ever having a “libertarian” reach the Presidency.
But…he’s running as a Republican, and the Libertarian Party *hates* the Republicans. It would be very interesting to see if the Libertarian Party delegates elect Ron Paul or their own candidate (assuming he wins the Republican primaries). If he doesn’t win the primaries, he could still seek the Libertarian Party nomination as a Republican, or even better, switch parties. A few things about Ron Paul…
- Dissenting vote in the No Child Left Behind Act where he was one of three Representatives voting against it
- He voted against the Iraq War Resolution and continues to criticize the US presence in Iraq
- He has also broken with his party by voting against the Patriot Act in 2001 and again in 2005
- His regular votes against almost all proposals for government spending, initiatives, or taxes, and his frequent dissents in otherwise unanimous votes have irritated some of his Republican colleagues and have earned him the nickname Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dr. NoÃ¢â‚¬Â
- He supports the abolition of the income tax, most Cabinet departments and the Federal Reserve.
- He believes that the Constitution does not give Congress the authority to ban or regulate drugs in general.
- In 2006, a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Technology voter guideÃ¢â‚¬Â by CNET awarded Paul a score of 80%, the highest score out of both houses of Congress.