Libertarians strut their stuff: ‘We pay for our own conventions’

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While the major political parties strike threatening poses and hiss at one another, the Libertarians have already organized a national convention set for late June in Columbus, Ohio - ironically a city under heavy consideration as a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Their motto for the event: “Character Matters.”

Yes, former Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson will be there, along withe his 2012 running mate Judge James Gray.

“Putting on a national convention in a nice professional hotel is a huge project with significant expenses, and we don’t receive taxpayer subsidies for our conventions, unlike the Democrats and Republicans. That’s right, Democrats and Republicans each got about $18 million of government money for their national conventions in 2012,” says Wes Benedict, executive director of the Libertarian National Committee.

“We Libertarians pay for our own conventions,” he adds. See their big doings here.

**FILE** Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announces his bid for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination on Dec. 28, 2011, in the rotunda of the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. (Associated Press/The New Mexican)

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The aforementioned Mr. Johnson, meanwhile, is busy on his own. The tenacious former governor of new Mexico is keeping his spot warm on the campaign trail with public appearances, and fundraising for his “Our America” political advocacy group.

Mr. Johnson recently leaped to Twitter for a Tweet Chat, he says, for his 122,000 followers and anyone else. The agenda: health care reform, the NSA, Ukraine, plus “true small government and a liberty perspective,” he says.

“My personal Twitter handle is @GovGaryJohnson,” the candidate-in-waiting advises.

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