It’s been my great pleasure to have the opportunity to sit down with Austin Petersen and Steve Kerbel, both of whom are currently running for president of the United States under the Libertarian flag.
I don’t want to give too much of my opinion away as it relates to Steve, but I can say that if you’ve never heard him speak, or worse yet don’t know who he is, this is an interview you don’t want to miss.
Over the course of about 45 minutes, we discussed everything from the Oregon standoff to what’s holding the Libertarian Party back from achieving greater notoriety as a politically viable alternative to the status quo.
I found Steve to have an excellent command of the issues and a set of political ideas based soundly on Libertarian principles.
I know Gary Johnson just announced his candidacy, and many libertarian minded people will default to him simply because of his notoriety and instant name recognition. But I think it’s worth your time to spend a few minutes to hear from some of the other candidates. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find we have a lot of great people offering alternatives to the Republican and Democrat monopoly.
The Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia will be on the ballot this fall, but Robert Sarvis is not invited to debate next month when the other two contenders face-off.
According to PilotOnline.com, Virginia State Board of Elections official said Thursday that Sarvis has been certified to be on the Nov. 4 ballot along with U.S. Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat, and Ed Gillespie, the Republican challenger.
Organizers of the debate, the Virginia Bar Association, decided to only invite Warner and Gillespie to the first debate scheduled for July 26 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
“They are the only candidates who qualify under our criteria for invitations,” association President John L. Walker III said in an email to PilotOnline.
The group’s debate rules include only candidates that “have a reasonable chance of being elected.”
Sarvis was also excluded from the debate for governor last year. He received 145,762 votes, 6.5 percent of votes cast
Sarvis said that now that he’s on the ballot, he’ll ask the bar association to reconsider.
“I have to ask: Is 145,000 votes not significant to them? How many people watched their debate?” he said.