Libertarian Party of Colorado Refuses to Put Presidential Candidate on Their Ballot

by | Jun 12, 2024 | Opinion

News that the Libertarian Party of Colorado would refuse to place their presidential candidate on the ballot didn’t surprise the Libertarian Party’s national chairwoman Angela McCardle. In an interview on the Wake Up America show with Austin Petersen, McCardle notes that by default she can’t agree with their action, but she’s sympathetic to their complaints. The Libertarian Party of Montana made the same decision. What McCardle can do exactly with her power as chairwoman is unclear at the moment. 

McCardle doesn’t believe she has much authority over Colorado, as their secretary of state is the ultimate authority on who goes on the ballot. If Colorado’s Libertarian Party doesn’t file a candidate for their presidential line, then the national Libertarian Party can’t do anything about that. The chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado has reached out to me to discuss, and I will be interviewing her on the Wake Up America show at 0730 on June 12th at rumble.com/ap4liberty, so this story is developing. 

What about swing states? Is there any talk about following the Libertarian Party of Colorado’s strategy from states like Wisconsin, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, or Nevada? Perhaps! There have been “rumblings,” according to McCardle, but as of yet not the same level of insurgency as Colorado. 

McCardle acknowledges that the backlash to Chase Oliver on the ticket has been bad, but not all the news has been bad. “Progressive groups love him,” she says. “If progressives are going to peel away from their really bad economics, I think that’s great. So if Chase can peel those people away from thei desire to be authoritarian and lord their progressive values over everyone else, I think that’s fantastic.” 

But no matter what McCardle says, or what state affiliates do, it appears as if the Party of Principle is headed for a disaster at the polls. The high water mark of 3% of the national vote total as was achieved in 2016 is the longest of long shots. The LP is frankly set to underperform what they received in 2020, when Jo Jorgenson received a little over 1% of the national vote total. 

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McCardle believes the LP will be on the ballot in 48 states, but will probably do worse than Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the ballot. ‘We’re definitely not going to surpass Jo Jorgenson numbers,” McCardle relates. Still, she’s committed to a strategy of fighting to peel away Biden voters in blue states where the Oliver/Ter Maat ticket can peel away progressive votes. And in the meantime, she wants to continue to hold President Trump to his promises he made at the LP’s national convention that would see a Libertarian nominated for a role in the White House cabinet, Ross Ulbricht freed, and other priorities. McCardle’s dual strategy is effectively a war on two fronts and… well… that never usually turns out well. 

Does the Chair of the Libertarian understand why libertarians are behaving in such a way, or so many others have openly stated that they’re voting for Donald Trump? “Well yeah,” she says. McCardle says that Democrats weaponization of the justice system against Trump has made the election more critical than ever. “People are rightfully concerned that we’re never going to have fair elections.” 

Fair enough.

Austin Petersen is a former Libertarian presidential candidate turned Republican and the host of the Wake Up America show every Monday-Friday from 7-9am central which you can stream live on Rumble, or listen to on Spotify or iTunes. He resides in Jefferson City, Missouri with his wife Stephanie and their two presidential French Bulldogs, Calvin and George.

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