Today, Rand Paul officially dropped out of the race for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson issued the following statement regard the withdrawl, via Tumblr:
Rand Paul is the latest to find that there is no room for the Liberty Movement in today’s Republican nominating process. I’ve been there. With his departure from the presidential race, there is no voice remaining to challenge failed military interventions, mass surveillance of Americans by their government, or real cuts in the size and cost of government.
Sen. Paul and I have some differences on issues, but he was the one candidate on the Republican side who was not afraid to talk about civil liberties, the perils of endless war, and the principles of liberty. His departure leaves a great many voters, especially among America’s youth, without a home in the two ‘major’ parties. To them, I say, come be Libertarian with me.
Rand Paul is to be commended for waging the good fight, and I look forward to his continued work for small government and greater freedom in the U.S. Senate.
Meanwhile, Johnson’s fellow opponent for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, anarchist writer and radio host Darryl W. Perry, said the following, via IPR:
By now you’ve probably heard that Rand Paul has announced an end to his Presidential campaign. On the morning of February 3, he reportedly issued a statement reading, in part:
“It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House. Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty.”
There is now only one candidate who is consistently promoting the ideas of liberty on every issue, every time. There is only one candidate willing to say “no person or group has more rights than any other person or group. No person can delegate a right they don’t possess to another person, and no group can claim a right not possessed by any member of the group. Since no group of people can have more rights than any individual member of the group, no group can revoke the rights of any other person or group. Therefore, any law, regulation, statute, or other dictate can not rightly infringe on the rights of any person.”
Individual rights include the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Which means that “it should be legal for anyone to do anything he wants, provided only that he not initiate (or threaten) violence against the person or legitimately owned property of another.” This includes to right to buy, sell, manufacture, possess, and/or consume any product or service that does not cause unjust harm to another person.
If you were supporting the Rand Paul campaign and are now looking for a libertarian candidate to support, then I invite you to look into my platform, and make a donation to help me run the most libertarian presidential campaign in history, to promote the ideas of liberty as boldly and as often as possible, and to give as many people as possible the chance to vote for an actual libertarian in November 2016!
The convention that will select the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee will take place in Orlando, Florida on May 26th-30th, 2016. The national Libertarian Party also commented and Paul’s exit from the GOP race; the party’s statement can be read here.