March 26, 2008, 9:28 am
Gravel to Run for Libertarian Nod
By Sarah Wheaton
Fed up with being excluded from the debates and
otherwise marginalized, former Senator Mike Gravel of
Alaska announced today that he will seek the
Libertarian Party nomination for president.
Thats right, we said Mike Gravel, who had been
running as a Democrat not Representative Ron Paul,
who has run on the Libertarian ticket in the past, but
recently submitted his name to appear on the ballot in
the remaining Republican primary contests.
Skyler McKinley, a Gravel spokesman, said that Mr.
Gravel would try to pursue the Libertarian nomination
at the partys convention, which will be held in
Denver on May 22-26.
Whether or not some of our delegates will accept Mike
Gravel with some of his positions, that has yet to be
seen, said Andrew Davis, a spokesman for the
Libertarian National Committee, adding that Mr.
Gravels advocacy of universal health care, paid for
with a national retail sales tax, could turn off some
Libertarians. Also, there are already about 15
candidates vying for the nomination.
From Mr. Gravels e-mail message to supporters this
The fact is, the Democratic Party today is no
longer the party of FDR. It is a party that continues
to sustain war, the military-industrial complex and
imperialism all of which I find anathema to my
By and large, I have been repeatedly marginalized
in both national debates and in media exposure by the
Democratic leadership, which works in tandem with the
corporate interests that control what we read and hear
in the media.
I look forward to advancing my presidential
candidacy within the Libertarian Party, which is
considerably closer to my values, my foreign policy
views and my domestic views.