- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 15, 2016

They are upping the campaign ante: The Libertarian Party has formally requested that the General Services Administration designate Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson and running mate William Weld as “eligible candidates” under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963.

The designation would entitle the pair to receive national security briefings, among other things.

The Libertarians maintain in a letter to the federal agency that both Mr. Johnson and Mr. Weld have met requirements specified in the Constitution for “office of the President.” They now appear on ballots in all 50 states and have ” demonstrated a significant level of public support in national public opinion polls.

This makes them “principal contenders for president or vice president of the United States,” the party reasons.

“The old party candidates have had access to security briefings for weeks now. Gary Johnson is a major party candidate, on every American’s ballot, and he needs access to the same information as his challengers so the American people can hear his take on a level playing field,” said Libertarian National Committee chairman Nicholas Sarwark. “I hope this was just an oversight on the part of the General Services Administration, and this request will set things right in short order.”

Read Mr. Sarwark’s letter to the agency here.

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