Three candidates for the Libertarian Party squared off tonight on the Stossel show on the Fox Business Network. This was the first part in the two-part debate. The second installment will air next Friday during the same time slot. The broadcast is the first major television event for third-party presidential candidates on a major network.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Part 1: Fox Business Libertarian Presidential Forum
Moderator: John Stossel
Candidates: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, software entrepreneur John McAfee, and Libertarian Republic founder Austin Petersen.
Full Video of Part 1 which aired earlier tonight:
Part 2 will air next week, on April 8th, during the same time slot.
Report from FoxBusiness.com:
While controversies surround the 2016 race for the White House in both America’s Democratic and Republican parties, voters who may not be interested have another option: the Libertarian Party, which promotes civil liberties and free markets.
Former Republican Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson, ‘The Libertarian Republic’ founder Austin Petersen and anti-virus software developer John McAfee are among some of the top names representing the Libertarian Party in the 2016 race. The three joined moderator John Stossel on the FOX Business Network to discuss some of the major issues concerning voters in this year’s race, including the topic of religious liberty and discrimination.
“I think that if you discriminate on the basis of religion, I think that is a black hole,” Johnson said. “I think you should be able to discriminate for stink or you’re not wearing shoes or whatever. If we discriminate on the basis of religion, to me, that’s doing harm to a big class of people.”
When Austin Petersen, one of Johnson’s opponents in the forum, asked the former governor if a Jewish baker should be required to bake a Nazi wedding cake, he said: “That would be my contention, yes.”
John McAfee, another participant in the forum, added his thoughts to the conversation.
“If you’re the only baker in town, it may be a problem,” he said. “But no one is forcing you to buy anything or to choose one person over another. So why should I be forced to do anything if I am not harming you? It’s my choice to sell, your choice to buy.”
There were a lot of topics and views discussed which most Americans don’t get to see during an election year. It’s worth watching if you’re interested to learn more about views outside the two major parties.