• CNN to Host 2nd Libertarian Townhall

    Let's hope they practice this time...

    On Wednesday, August 3, CNN will host a Libertarian presidential town hall in primetime at 9 p.m. Johnson and Weld will field questions from voters, and Anderson Cooper will moderate.
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-med...wn-hall-226498

    I don't have high hopes for the outcome, but the inclusion is somewhat refreshing. (imagine if they had done this with Harry Browne...)


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    1. euphemia's Avatar
      euphemia -
      Of course you don't have high hopes for the outcome. The candidates are not Libertarian. The moderators are liberals.
    1. notsure's Avatar
      notsure -
      CNN is putting in alot of extra effort this season trying to promote the Libertarian Party. I don't know if it's "refreshing" or "disturbing". The timing seems a bit odd. Didn't I read an article on this forum that said Johnson/Weld, the Libertarian Party, mainly draw from the Republican Party?
      I've never seen the LP get as much attention as they are now. NEVER seen CNN do a townhall for them, and now they're doing 2.
      Is this CNN's effort to draw votes away from the right and help tilt the election in Hillary's favor?
      Is this CNN's effort to get Gary above 15% and placed into the debates?
      Unfortunately, I don't think Gary being included in the debates will do him or the LP any favors.
      Debates and public appearances are not his strong suits.
    1. 69360's Avatar
      69360 -
      This is a big deal. I don't recall any prime time third party since Perot.
    1. Occam's Banana's Avatar
      Occam's Banana -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptUSA View Post
      I don't have high hopes for the outcome, but the inclusion is somewhat refreshing. (imagine if they had done this with Harry Browne...)
      Ironically, the efforts of great spokesmen like Harry Browne are what have made this sort of thing possible in the first place.

      Quote Originally Posted by notsure View Post
      CNN is putting in alot of extra effort this season trying to promote the Libertarian Party. I don't know if it's "refreshing" or "disturbing".
      To kill or to co-opt, that is the question ...
    1. euphemia's Avatar
      euphemia -
      If they want liberty principles they will invite the Constitution party candidate, too.
    1. jllundqu's Avatar
      jllundqu -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptUSA View Post
      Let's hope they practice this time...



      http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-med...wn-hall-226498

      I don't have high hopes for the outcome, but the inclusion is somewhat refreshing. (imagine if they had done this with Harry Browne...)
      Good for CNN. Will there be any libertarians there?
    1. euphemia's Avatar
      euphemia -
      Folks on this board criticized Trump/Republicans for not talking about the Constitution during the convention. If Ron Paul is our standard, and if we are going to be fair, then we need to apply the same standard to Johnson/Weld.

      Your guy did it too/does it worse is not an argument.
    1. Suzanimal's Avatar
      Suzanimal -
      Quote Originally Posted by jllundqu View Post
      Good for CNN. Will there be any libertarians there?
      Bill Weld - the Original Libertarian (thanks, OccamsBanana for the reminder in another thread)will be there
    1. Occam's Banana's Avatar
      Occam's Banana -
      Quote Originally Posted by jllundqu View Post
      Good for CNN. Will there be any libertarians there?
    1. MattRay's Avatar
      MattRay -
      I'm very worried about Bill Weld. I hope Gary speaks more, and I really hope he keeps mentioning the NAP and continues to ditch the "socially liberal: description. If he does that and Weld keeps his low tax liberalism to a minimum, I'll call it a win compared to last time.
    1. dannno's Avatar
      dannno -
      Quote Originally Posted by notsure View Post
      Didn't I read an article on this forum that said Johnson/Weld, the Libertarian Party, mainly draw from the Republican Party?
      I doubt it.

      Gary Johnson continues to pull more from Clinton than Trump
      http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...ton-than-Trump


      Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
      Ya I have been trying to tell Trump supporters for months that Gary going after leftists is the best possible scenario and not to hate on him too much for it..
    1. James Otis, Jr.'s Avatar
      James Otis, Jr. -
      I really hope Gary Johnson does a better job presenting himself and libertarian ideas this time. Because the last time he completely failed and it was a big opportunity missed.
    1. Champuckett's Avatar
      Champuckett -
      CNN assumes that Libertarian votes will steal votes for Trump so they are giving increased exposure here. GJ says that they are taking evenly from both major parties, which would make the assumption by CNN false.

      Curious where the Green Party town hall is, especially now that Jill Stein chose her VP. Hint: they don't want disaffected Bernie supporters being encouraged to vote for Stein so the glorious chosen one Hillary has maximum potential to win.
    1. CaptUSA's Avatar
      CaptUSA -
      It is quite encouraging how much CNN has been promoting this. They even have had a countdown on the bottom of the screen.

      Surely, the DNC thinks this will hurt Trump and CNN is doing their job for them, but who cares?! I don't care who it may hurt. Introducing a third option into the conversation is always good. (Even if that option is Gary Johnson)
    1. cindy25's Avatar
      cindy25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by euphemia View Post
      Of course you don't have high hopes for the outcome. The candidates are not Libertarian. The moderators are liberals.
      most CNN viewers are Clinton supporters, so pulling votes to Johnson is a good thing. I would like to see a Green (Socialist) party forum, so Stein gets more Clinton votes. Johnson may not be Libertarian but he is better than Clinton
    1. adam220891's Avatar
      adam220891 -
      Just heard a guy on CNN say something to the effect of 'I'd vote for Rand Paul the libertarian, but not Gary Johnson, because he isn't even one.'

      Sigh. Such a shame we got stuck with GJ and Weld.
    1. surf's Avatar
      surf -
      don't put too much thought into this networks motivation: CNN is hoping for ratings. hope it does well.
    1. adissa's Avatar
      adissa -
      Quote Originally Posted by notsure View Post
      CNN is putting in alot of extra effort this season trying to promote the Libertarian Party. I don't know if it's "refreshing" or "disturbing".
      Pretty obvious it's to hurt Trump.
    1. CaseyJones's Avatar
      CaseyJones -
      bump
    1. CaptUSA's Avatar
      CaptUSA -
      First segment was pretty solid. Libertarian? Probably not. But viable third choice? Yeah, think they nailed it.


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