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Libertarians say two-party system offers no real choice

Vice-presidential hopeful outlines vision for future
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Forget the 1 percent and the 47 percent, Libertarians set their sights on 5 percent

For all his audacious proposals, Jim Gray is pragmatic about the Libertarian Party’s long-shot electoral odds. He and running mate Gary Johnson appear on 48 of 50 state presidential ballots, but they have no expectations of winning – or coming close to it – this time around.

They are setting their sights on 2016.

A major hurdle, Gray said, is securing matching federal election funds. To do this, parties need to claim a minimum 5 percent of the popular vote. They’ll need to improve their haul significantly over 2008, when Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root received only 0.4 percent.

With more funding, Gray believes the 2016 Libertarian ticket can cast a wider campaign net and elevate its standing in national polls.

The Commission on Presidential Debates currently stipulates that a candidate must receive 15 percent support or greater in five national polls to appear on stage.

Third parties have criticized this threshold as prohibitively high and a way for the Republicans and Democrats to protect their duopoly over debates.



lgroskopf@durangoherald.com

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