You might think the presidential race is settled with two candidates. But there’s one candidate you might not have heard much about. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is running for president on the Libertarian Party ticket. Johnson speaks with host Michel Martin about his policies and the challenges he has getting his message heard.
Listen to the segment here.
NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman explains why “we need a third party on the stage of the next presidential debate”:
The best our current two parties can produce today — in the wake of the worst existential crisis in our economy and environment in a century — is suboptimal… Suboptimal is O.K. for ordinary times, but these are not ordinary times. We need to stop waiting for Superman and start building a superconsensus to do the superhard stuff we must do now. Pretty good is not even close to good enough today.
We have to rip open this two-party duopoly and have it challenged by a serious third party
“If competition is good for our economy,” asks Diamond, “why isn’t it good for our politics?”
We need a third party on the stage of the next presidential debate to look Americans in the eye and say: “These two parties are lying to you. They can’t tell you the truth because they are each trapped in decades of special interests. I am not going to tell you what you want to hear. I am going to tell you what you need to hear…
Read the rest.
Last night, Free and Equal Elections sponsored a third-party debate which aired live on C-SPAN. Only Chuck Baldwin and Ralph Nader showed up. You can watch the whole thing here:
C-SPAN also has it in its archives, but I couldn’t get it to play.