Libertarian Party: CPD shuts out millions of voters again

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Libertarian Party: CPD shuts out millions of voters again

Gov. Gary Johnson color photo
Gov. Gary Johnson

The Commission on Presidential Debates, a private organization controlled by the Democratic and Republican Parties, relied on rigged polls in its decision to exclude Libertarian Gov. Gary Johnson from the second presidential debate, being held on October 9. This comes in spite of the fact that polls consistently show he draws broad support from independents, military personnel, and millennials.

“By excluding the candidate most popular with independent voters, young voters, and military voters, the CPD is silencing their voices in the political process and showing that they have no interest in educating and informing the electorate,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian Party.

Johnson is ahead of Trump among millennials and ahead of Clinton among military personnel.

To justify excluding Johnson, the decision-makers at the CPD — Janet Brown, Frank Fahrenkopf, and Mike McCurry — relied on five fraudulent polls that showed Johnson falling short of their required 15-percent average.

The CPD claims selection of the polls was based on their “soundness of the survey methodology.”

But according to Fair Debates, each of the five polls contains at least one serious flaw. For example:

  • They start with a survey question asking whether survey respondents would vote for Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton.
  • They include numerous questions about Trump and Clinton, and only one that mentions Johnson.
  • They ask outright whether respondents believe Trump or Clinton will win the election.

All of these methodologies send the false message: “Only the Democrat and the Republican are really in this race.”

“It is highly probable that, had the CPD used sound polls, as their own criteria require, Johnson would be polling well over 15 percent, and they’d have no excuse to exclude him from the debates,” said Sarwark. “But clearly, fairness is not their intent. Maintaining their two-party duopoly is.”

“The CPD calls itself a ‘nonprofit’ organization,” he continued. “But big money is at the heart of what drives the two old parties, which control the CPD and which are bought and sold by special interests. No wonder they want to keep out Johnson, whose two terms as governor of New Mexico proved he’s as impervious to special-interest peddling as a candidate can be.”

The Libertarian, Republican, and Democratic presidential tickets are the only ones on the ballot in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, this November.

Johnson has been endorsed by the Chicago Tribune (hometown newspaper of Democrat Hillary Clinton), the Detroit News, the New Hampshire Union-Leader, the Richmond Times-Dispatch (hometown newspaper of Democrat Tim Kaine), and the Winston-Salem Journal.

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Now The Major Endorsements Are Happening…

We reject the cliche that a citizen who chooses a principled third-party candidate is squandering his or her vote.

— Chicago Tribune Editorial Board

The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Gary Johnson for President.  See the entire article here.

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The Danger Of The Two Party System

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other.

-John Adams

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There Is Another Way…

Click the link to see what Gary Johnson has to say in the New York Times:

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Libertarian Party comments on upcoming Presidential Debate

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 26, 2016

Libertarian Party comments on upcoming Presidential Debate

Today, Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, is in New York, preparing to attend, in some capacity, the so-called Presidential Debate.

A vast majority of Americans (54-76%, depending on the polling firm) want Gov. Gary Johnson in the debates. Americans believe that debates are a critical opportunity to learn about their options, and they expect that these debates should be fair. Sadly, in reality, the Commission on Presidential Debates is anything but fair, and biased as ever towards the Rs and Ds.

Sarwark says, “The two old-party candidates are the most hated Presidential candidates in American history. In the days leading up to the debates, the attacks between them have become nastier and more juvenile than ever. No wonder their cronies at the Commission on Presidential Debates are so afraid to have Gov. Gary Johnson show the American people that they all have a third option on their ballot this November.”

Gov. Gary Johnson has received signatures from over 1,000,000 supporters asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to let him debate. His support is national and it is growing.


The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971 and is today the third largest political party in the United States. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Gov. Gary Johnson, will be on ballots in all 50 states and DC this November.

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