This coming fall you and I (and every person in all 50 states and Washington DC) will have the opportunity to vote for Gary Johnson in our state and as such I think that it's very important that we get a chance to see him in the nation debates along with the Republican and Democrat candidate.
Currently the Congressional Debate Commission is using a standard of being over 15% in the polls, but that is a very flawed metric. The question that is asked is "If the election were held today, who would you vote for?"
That question is DESIGNED to not have people answer "I don't know yet" and it punishes any "new" candidate if their party does not have an established base of voters who always vote the party ticket. The question is designed to not allow people to answer "I want to know more about them and make an informed decision." Why is asking people who they would vote for RIGHT THIS SECOND considered a good way to determine who should be in the debates to inform the public? Why is the poll question trying remove the influence of the people who want to make an informed decision BASED on the debates.
Similarly, if 100 people are polled and 10 of them respond that they don't know who they are voting for yet, those votes are not counted as supporting Gary Johnson specifically, even those people have specifically said they are not convinced to vote for the Republican or the Democrat.
The polls should not be asking people who they would vote for. The poll question that determines who should be in the debates should read as follow: "The following candidates will be on the ballot for President in your state. Please indicate all of them that you would like to see in the debate." It's very simple -- if a poll is being used to determine who is in the debates, that poll should ask about the debates.
When that question is asked, 76% of Americans respond that they would like to see Gary Johnson in the debate.
Count me among that 76%.
Tony Jones is the Libertarian Candidate for North Kingstown Town Council and the RI State Director for Johnson/Weld 2016
RI Free Radio: How did you become a Libertarian?
Mr. Perry: I wrote about this in my book A Rebel's Journey: My Path to Liberty. I first learned about libertarianism from Neal Boortz in 1999 when he was talking about the Fair Tax. I somehow found the World's Smallest Political Quiz, scored a 70/100 (on the border between conservative/libertarian), and first joined the Libertarian Party. I've been a Life Member of the LP since 2008.
RI Free Radio: Are there any Libertarian principles you are particularly interested in?
Mr. Perry: Equality of rights. Specifically that no person has more rights than anyone else, and can not delegate a right they don't have.
RI Free Radio: Do you have plans to grow and/or improve the Libertarian Party?
Mr. Perry: We improve the Libertarian Party by consistently promoting libertarian principles, not watered-down half measures disguised as libertarian principles.
RI Free Radio: Are there any "pet" issues that you are particularly interested in?
Mr. Perry: My "pet issue" is reforming election laws, specifically ballot access laws to allow for equal treatment of candidates and voters.
RI Free Radio: What can be done to improve the current economic situation?
Mr. Perry: Abolish coercive taxes, which would allow people to keep more of their money to spend on goods and services that will improve rather than destroy their communities.
RI Free Radio: What is your thoughts on monetary policy? Should be Fed be abolished?
Mr. Perry: The legal tender laws need to be repealed to allow the creation of competing complementary free market currencies. Absolutely, and should be done along with repealing legal tender laws.
For more information on the Perry Campaign go to: darrylwperry.com
Note: Mr. Perry will be in Rhode Island on Saturday, May 7th. First for an hour long interview on Coalition Radio on WPRO with Host Pat "P.O. Taxpayer" Ford and guest co-host Tony Jones @ 6pm (the interview will also be video streamed live via: facebook.com/TheCoalitionRadio) and then for a meet & greet @ Agave Restaurant in Bristol starting @ 7:30pm
Note: The 2016 Libertarian Party National Presidential Nominating Convention will be held over Memorial day weekend in Orlando, FL.
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