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Robert Sarvis endorses Gary Johnson for president

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The following is a press release from the Gary Johnson campaign:
Record-setting Libertarian vote-getter Sarvis endorses Gary Johnson for LP Pres nod
 
March 1, 2016, Santa Fe, NM — Robert Sarvis, the record-setting Libertarian statewide vote-getter today endorsed fmr. New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party’s (LP) presidential nomination. The endorsement was released via a post on Sarvis’ Facebook page.
Sarvis earned record-setting mainstream media coverage and vote-totals for governor of Virginia, 2013’s nationally-watched statewide election. (Sarvis won 146,084 votes, or 6.52%-Krzysztof Lesiak)
The vote Gov. Johnson earned in 2012 as the LP’s presidential candidate also set a Libertarian Party record for the highest popular vote won in the party’s electoral history.
In making his endorsement, Sarvis cited Johnson’s experience as a two-term fiscally responsible governor of New Mexico, and his ability to earn wide mainstream media coverage, through which he can reach and win the votes of libertarian-leaning Americans. 
 
Sarvis said “when it comes to the choice of who the nominee should be, the answer is obvious.
 
“Our nominee must proselytize for freedom to non-Libertarians, speaking their language, not ours, and attracting them on their terms, not ours.”
 
Sarvis concluded: “When I look at the field of candidates seeking the Libertarian nomination, only one stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that’s Gary Johnson.”
FULL TEXT of endorsement HERE:
I’m supporting Gary Johnson to be the LP nominee for President.
And it’s not a difficult choice.
In every election, big and small, we Libertarians are in the unenviable position of overcoming extreme skepticism from every single voter, simply because of the nature of our two-party system. Many voters won’t even consider third-party options. Those that do spend very little time on it and are often really just looking for reasons not to bother with what they’ve been taught a hundred times over is “throwing their vote away.” There is a very narrow window in which to draw their attention, command their respect, and capture their imagination.
This year presents the LP with the rarest of opportunities—conditions are both favorable and grand. Presidential elections demand the utmost excellence in a nominee, because the scrutiny is withering and the stakes are so high.
Only Gary Johnson has the resume, the experience, and the credibility to combine with our party’s inspiring message of peace, prosperity, and freedom.
He has a fundamentally libertarian outlook and a track record of furthering libertarian goals in office. He has a realistic and likeable approach to politics that attracts open-minded voters to a libertarian message. And he has the kind of credibility that cannot be bought or faked, that can only be earned through admirable personal and professional achievements.
I say all of this with great respect for the many other candidates seeking the LP nomination. I am grateful so many are willing to represent us and evangelize the gospel of greater freedom for all. And all those seeking the nomination are making our eventual nominee stronger—it’s important our nominee gets as much preparation as possible for any attention they might receive in the general election, which, if it comes, will come like a bullet train.
But when it comes to the choice of who the nominee should be, the answer is obvious. It has nothing to do with 92% v. 95% agreement on libertarian bona fides—all our candidates are pretty darned libertarian. But we Libertarians must pick our battles wisely. And our nominee must proselytize for freedom to non-Libertarians, speaking their language, not ours, and attracting them on their terms, not ours.
When I look at the field of candidates seeking the Libertarian nomination, only one stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that’s Gary Johnson.

Sarvis Picks Up Endorsements

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(Robert Sarvis is the Libertarian Party nominee for the U.S. Senate in Virginia. The following was originally published on his campaign website.)

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U.S. Senate Candidate Robert Sarvis Picks Up Endorsements 

September 29 – Former Republican Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson and the Our America PAC have endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis and released a statement arguing that “Robert Sarvis is Virginia’s Only Real Choice for Liberty and Freedom.”

Johnson was a popular two-term Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003. He ran for President in 2012 as a Libertarian, picking up over one million votes from Americans who have grown tired of the two-party system.

Johnson pointed to Virginia’s increasing diversity, saying that Sarvis “understands both liberty and diversity.”

Responding to the endorsement, Sarvis said, “It’s an honor to receive these endorsements. I have enormous respect for Gary Johnson and what he has accomplished as a businessman, as a Governor, and as an outspoken leader for freedom, equality, civil liberties, and fiscal responsibility. And the Our America PAC is an important voice for freedom that eschews partisanship and focuses on issues. I thank them for their endorsements.”

The Our America PAC has also endorsed Bill Redpath, the Libertarian candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 10th District.

The full text of the Our America PAC’s statement is below:

The Our America PAC, a political action committee advocating true fiscal restraint and civil liberties, is urging Virginia voters to support Robert Sarvis in the race for U.S. Senate.

In 201[3], as the Libertarian candidate for Virginia Governor, Sarvis received the highest share of the vote for a third-party candidate in a southern state in the past 40 years. He is challenging incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Warner.

Calling a vote for Sarvis a vote “to end business as usual in Washington”, Fmr. New Mexico Governor and Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative Gary Johnson said, “With polls showing that a majority of Americans now believe that neither of the two so-called ‘major’ parties represents them, Robert Sarvis offers a serious, credible alternative in a race that otherwise offers only slightly differing versions of status-quo big government.

“Virginia is an increasingly diverse state with a long history of appreciating liberty as a true American value. Robert Sarvis is a candidate who understands both diversity and liberty.”

Our America PAC advocates the election of candidates who support limited government and greater liberty. The PAC’s advocacy includes mobilizing grassroots support, social media activism and communications. As a “527” political organization, Our America PAC does not contribute directly to candidates or their campaigns.

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BAN: Former GOP official becomes Robert Sarvis’s campaign manager

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According to this story, Caleb Coulter, a former member of the Roanoke, Virginia Republican Committee, has left the Republican Party and will be the campaign manager for Rob Sarvis, Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate in Virginia.

WVTF: Libertarian Senate Candidate Speaks Out

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(The following was originally published in WVTF.)

One man seeking Mark Warner’s U.S. Senate seat was missing from the debate over the weekend, hosted by the Virginia Bar Association: Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian Party’s candidate.

When Robert Sarvis ran for governor last year, he wasn’t invited to the Virginia Bar Association’s debate between Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli and the eventual winner, Democrat Terry McAuliffe. So he haunted the halls outside the debate site, trying to get into the conversation by speaking to reporters covering the event. This year, Sarvis is running for the U.S. Senate, but wasn’t invited to the bar association’s debate this time, either. He responded with a YouTube video that says, among other things, Virginia’s voters suffered because of his exclusion.

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Robert Sarvis Responds to First Senate Debate: “Virginia Voters Lost”

(Robert Sarvis is the Libertarian candidate for Senate in Virginia.)

 

The Pilot: Ignoring Underdog Candidates Hurts Voters

(The following was originally published in The Pilot Online.)

Third-party candidate Robert Sarvis can’t get any love from the folks who sponsor debates.

Because he lacks money, the Libertarian Party nominee in this year’s U.S. Senate contest desperately needs a stage. Organizers of this year’s first debate won’t let him on theirs.

It’s frustrating. It’s unfair, given that Sarvis has earned a spot on the November ballot

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