Monday, February 29, 2016

Johnson, Petersen spar over sharia in LP debate

First Libertarian presidential candidate debate for 2016 held in Mississippi | - Karl Dickey:

February 28, 2016 - "The third largest political party in the United States, the Libertarian Party, saw five of its 12 presidential candidates debate last night ...  Dr. Marc Allan Feldman, Gary Johnson, John McAfee, Darryl Perry, and Austin Petersen. This is the first debate ... before the political party's membership votes for their presidential nominee in May 2016 at the Libertarian Party National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

"The debate started with Feldman explaining his campaign strategy of [limiting] his political contributions to $5 per donor ... 'struggling people who can scrape together $5 will be my largest campaign contributor and you always represent your largest campaign contributor.'

John McAfee answered the question as to why he felt he was a viable presidential candidate stating ... 'I have run multi-billion dollar businesses, I am an entrepreneur, I know what it means to have no money and have to meet a payroll which our government does not understand'....

"Johnson, who was the 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee said, "I have been an entrepreneur my entire life, growing a business from one person to over 1,000 people. I am an adventurer... I'm a fierce competitor and doing this in 2012 I learned a lot'....

"Austin Petersen ... 'put a Libertarian TV show on Fox that brought more people to the Libertarian movement than you could ever imagine.' Petersen was formerly an associate producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano's show 'Freedom Watch', on the Fox Business Network.

"Darryl Perry opened with, 'What I promise you is not five percent of the vote, not winning the White House, not anything other than as often as possible, as boldly as possible, proclaiming the ideas of liberty'....

"Some fireworks erupted during the debate about Sharia Law between Gary Johnson and Austin Petersen. Though Johnson started with a line about religious freedom he drew the line when it came to Sharia stating, 'Sharia is a system of government, it is politics. We need to distinguish between freedom of religion and the politics of Sharia and all of the extremism is coming from the politics of Sharia.'

"Petersen countered with, 'I am surprised to hear this fear-mongering coming from the Governor because if he read the tenets of Sharia there are actually some very libertarian aspects such as private courts, private adjudication which many of us do agree with. Let's stop with the fear-mongering Governor'....

"Johnson then asked Petersen if he supported Sharia Law and he said he did not, but it seemed the two still have a fundamental difference on the subject which will likely be hashed out in future debates.... Johnson also found himself having to defend himself on his stance on Sharia with candidate Perry.

"According to a straw poll offered at last night's debate, found that Governor Gary Johnson had 38 percent of the vote, John McAfee 26 percent, Austin Petersen at 17 percent, Darryl Perry at 15 percent and Dr. Marc Feldman received 5 percent of the vote total....

"The first nationally televised debate of Libertarian Party presidential candidates will happen on the Fox Business Network in March 2016, date and time to be announced soon."

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