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Gary Johnson Confirms Fox Business Will Host Libertarian Presidential Debate

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John Stossel is reportedly planning to host a nationally-televised Libertarian Party presidential primary debate on his show on Fox Business Network, possibly in March.

An announcement posted Tuesday on 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate and former Republican New Mexico governor Gary Johnson’s official Tumblr page read:

The Gary Johnson 2016 campaign has confirmed with Fox Business’s Stossel that Gov. Johnson will be delighted to participate in a televised debate among Libertarian Party presidential candidates, hopefully in March. We will of course leave the formal announcement of the debate details and date to the Stossel show, but want to express our gratitude to Mr. Stossel for working to find a date for this important event that will not disrupt any planned Libertarian Party activities and that is actually doable for all the candidates who are involved.

Political commentator Austin Petersen, also a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, said in a Tuesday statement cited by his online magazine, The Libertarian Republic:

After quite a back and forth last week over whether there would be a nationally televised Libertarian Party presidential debate between myself and the other frontrunners, we just got word a few hours ago that there’s a chance we might be able to make this debate happen! That’s Tremendous news! We can’t wait for the opportunity to meet Johnson and [John] McAfee head to head… We’re planning on confirming, however we are going to be spending our time doing every bit of due diligence today just to make sure that the dates won’t interfere with any state or local LP activities we may already be committed to.

It is not yet known which candidates Stossel is planning to invite to the debate. Petersen’s statement seems to imply that the debate could at a minimum include Petersen, former Gov. Johnson, and software developer and fellow 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate John McAfee.

The Libertarian Party’s official website lists twelve 2016 presidential candidates. In addition to Johnson, Petersen, and McAfee, the party’s candidates currently include Marc Allen Feldman, Cecil Ince, Steve Kerbel, Darryl Perry, Derrick Michael Reid, Jack Robinson Jr., Rhett Smith, Shawna Joy Sterling, and Joy Waymire.

The Libertarian Party’s delegates will select its nominee at its national convention, which is set to take place on May 26-30 in Orlando, Florida.

Editor’s note: This article, written by Barry Donegan, originally published on Truth in Media, and has been slightly modified for publication on IVN.

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336 comments
Dawn Imada
Dawn Imada

I'm not a Libertarian; however I'm glad they are getting some media overage. I hope someone will give the other small parties some media coverage.

Cathy Swango
Cathy Swango

Tell me, has Gary Johnson secured a place on the ballot and who is he? I highly doubt that people are going to make a point to tune in, because they don't even know that he is running. I follow you guys and I would probably watch, but I really don't think he will be watched by many, unless there is some huge splash about him before it airs! Just saying....

Josh Leonard
Josh Leonard

Have you seen his record, Myk? No attack ads in over 20 years, no SuperPACs, no dark money billionaires running tv mis-information spots. All Facts, no Attacks. Only candidate to propose ending Corporate Welfare and support small businesses that are creating 2/3 of the new private sector jobs in the USA! http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-corporate-regulation/

Jayse Wyatt
Jayse Wyatt

Michael Davidson, you will never be accused of having a great mind......

Jayse Wyatt
Jayse Wyatt

Bernie's a scammer just like all the other mainstream candidates.

Jayse Wyatt
Jayse Wyatt

Another deluded sanders supporter......

Jayse Wyatt
Jayse Wyatt

The libertarian party I think is better described as the all about YOU party because their main goal is YOUR individual right to live your life exactly how you choose as long as you do not remove anyone else's liberty or harm their body's or properties.

Tom Francis Appel
Tom Francis Appel

The Tea Party milked the Libertarians and then left them for greener pastures. There are still some touchy issues espoused by the Libertarians.

Jayse Wyatt
Jayse Wyatt

The tea party and the Koch's are almost completely opposite of the real libertarian's.

Brian Lind
Brian Lind

Need to add other independents like Veterans Party of America.

Arash Kennedy
Arash Kennedy

DNC and RNC signed a contract together that their candidates won't attend in any debate with other parties candidates.

Arash Kennedy
Arash Kennedy

This is Fox Business, Fox Business is different to Fox news.

Arash Kennedy
Arash Kennedy

Gary Johnson was popular governor of New Mexico (1994-2003) with an excellent record, ran as Libertarian Party nominee for president in 2012, end up third with 1,270,000 popular votes. He is running this year again. http://GaryJohnson2016.com

Arash Kennedy
Arash Kennedy

Just in case if you haven't noticed, This is Fox Business, different to Fox News.

Arash Kennedy
Arash Kennedy

No Michael, not only on social issues, We, for sure want to get rid of corporate welfare and subsides Republicans are in favor, and in foreign policy we are 180 degree different, we are not interventionist like Dems and Reps are, certainly not warmonger like Republicans, And we are against government spying on people.

Arash Kennedy
Arash Kennedy

This is Fox Business, Completely different to Fox News.

Arash Kennedy
Arash Kennedy

No, Gary, Austin Petersen and John McAfee debating each other (they are those who are confirmed until now), i hope they add Steve Kerbel.

Arash Kennedy
Arash Kennedy

Stop believing in government as your survivor!

Jimmy Nickel
Jimmy Nickel

Do you even know what the party stands for? The Libertarian party believes that government should be small and leave us alone unless we are harming others. You have a issue with that idea?

Ann Logan
Ann Logan

Information is needed . It never hearts to listen.

Donald Bradley
Donald Bradley

I WILL NOT WATCH THERE NET WORK ANY MORE. NOTHING BUT TRASH.

Aaron Aylward
Aaron Aylward

Absolutely! Finally a debate worth watching!

Nevada for Jim Webb
Nevada for Jim Webb

We would if they invited Jim Webb to participate. He didn't get enough face time in the Democratic Debates.

Myk Halibut
Myk Halibut

He's a socialist, he want to expand government. The opposite of libertarians. If he was uncorrupted he wouldn't of gotten this far in the election.

Margie White
Margie White

No. Saw first one in August when ROX News trashed Trump. Boycotting ROX News and all the BIAS MSM

David J. Wagner III
David J. Wagner III

Michael Davidson , if you want a conversation with someone and perhaps intend on enlightening them, avoid calling them a fool simply because you disagree with their philosophy. It's an absolute conversation killer. Immediately upon reading name slinging people get defensive and are no longer receptive to whatever message you're intending on sharing. So, since the rest of your message had a couple things that needed addressing; Greed is what drives innovation. If there is no reward why work hard? Do you vacation? Do you eat out or go to the movies? You obviously have a computer or smartphone in order to engage online, all of these are luxuries, correct? Anything beyond necessity is greed, you yourself are currently exercising greed, if you don't believe you're greedy, you're lying to yourself, it is human to want more i.e.; greed. The entire business community you're talking about has been regulated for over 100 years, by government, so what your saying is there's no greed in politics? I think we both agree there are shady people conducting shady business, what I was talking about was a general overall philosophy as to the role of government. I see government just as responsible for these terrible business practices as the businesses they already supposedly regulate.

Michael C School
Michael C School

We The People need a Candidate unafraid to Declare a state of Peace upon the Land by Executive Order.

Randy Dees
Randy Dees

Would you guys invite people like Marque Lundgren, John Richard Myers,Scott Copeland, Patrick Anthony Ockander and have Michael C School and Bryan Thomas Koth moderate,ask questions and educate the viewers?There are a lot of Constitutional issues that are NOT being addressed by the main stream media or major party "candidates" in this cycle.The more people we can get the message to,the better off our country will be.

Josh Leonard
Josh Leonard

Aside from fighting to end Corporate Welfare, Bernie Sanders might not be, economically what libertarians desire. But he sure is going to help Libertarians see more gains that align with their views on government corruption than any other corporate democrat or republican out there. - End Citizens United - End the Patriot Act - End for-profit prisons and mass incarceration of our youth and minorities - End the War on Drugs - End the costly illegal wars As a democratic socialist he might be trying to grow programs to help society, but he is also trying to cut the ones that do damage to the American people and to our constitution. This man may not give you the no government utopia that you wish for, but he sure as hell is an uncorrupted patriot that is going to fight the powers that be harder than any other candidate running for office.

Aaron Virkler
Aaron Virkler

It's bound to be far more intellectually superior than the GOP or democratic debates.

Sal Russo
Sal Russo

In the immortal and often parodied words of Reginald Denny, "can't we all just get along." The butting of heads over philosophy when our end goals really are the same is silly.

Robert Bixler
Robert Bixler

Will the Constitution Party have a candidate at the debate?

Marr Avilla
Marr Avilla

Green Party > other third parties > Fox > Libraterians > conservatives.

Sal DiIorio
Sal DiIorio

Mike Guay you are one ignorant person. you know nothing about what you say yet have strong opinions. You must be a LibTard.

Jerry Pokracki
Jerry Pokracki

Wiow, and here I thought it was about freedom of choice, and personal liberty.

Anthony Brancato
Anthony Brancato

I can't speak for Sal - but I can speak for myself: Libertarianism is a paean to selfishness.

Anthony Brancato
Anthony Brancato

Myk Halibut And "survival of the fittest" sounds totally awesome - so long as it is someone else's survival that is at stake.

Bobby R Jones
Bobby R Jones

Steven Downs Why don't you just tell us if you're that concerned. If you don't know that all Democrats in the House and Senate are liberals there not much anyone can say to you. Have a good day if you want too.

Lucienne Haton
Lucienne Haton

I would watcj the debate, to hear the perspectives of the participants.