The General Services Administration (GSA) has denied a request by the Libertarian Party to recognize Governor Gary Johnson as an eligible candidate for president under the Presidential Transition Act, thus denying him appropriate and equal access to security briefings and other relevant services provided for presidential candidates.
This puts the Libertarian at a distinct disadvantage during the remainder of the campaign when questions about national security and foreign policy arise, according to party sources.
“This is yet another uneven playing field in the realm of American politics, ballot access being another. The Libertarian Party has cleared the ballot access hurdle, and will be on every American’s ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, yet the goalposts keep moving for political choice in this country,” said Libertarian national Chair Nicholas Sarwark. “If another country handled their democratic process this way, our government would be outraged, and would be demanding regime change, particularly if said democracy was sitting on vast untapped oil reserves.”
Sarwark continued, “There are far more than two political ideas among the diverse American people. The Libertarian Party will continue to fight to open up the process to better ideas and uncorrupted candidates, both of which are in high demand right now.”
The Libertarian candidates are both former Republican governors, who would have likely gotten a significant share of the vote had they been taken seriously.
They were not able to score high enough in national polls to get into the debates, so that probably precludes any chance that voters will learn much about them.
Johnson was governor of New Mexico and Weld served as the governor of Massachusetts.
A majority of voters dislike each of the major party nominees.
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