There is a candidate’s debate coming this fall, and the voters deserve to hear from all the candidates who will be on the ballot. The Republicans and Democrats have colluded to exclude me because they don’t want you, the voters, to hear the only candidate with ideas rooted in personal liberty. Greg Abbott doesn’t care about your rights. Lupe Valdez is economically illiterate. There will be exactly one candidate on the ballot in November who respects your personal liberty as well as your wallet. Do you agree? Then join us in this fight to have our voice heard. The Libertarian Party of Texas has fulfilled every requirement to attain ballot access. If we are on the ballot, we should be in the debate. Texas voters deserve to know all their choices. I await an invitation from Nexstar. Mark Tippetts, Libertarian candidate for Texas governorTippetts earned the nomination in a hotly-contested four-way race last April. Then you have people like the Austin Chronicle‘s Chase Hoffberger, who honestly believes Tippetts should never be invited to the debate, moreorless future debates. A rumored second debate is planned for October 8. Boy, did Hoffberger’s article bit him in the behind, as cited in the comments:
I’m sorry, but if you’ve been certified for ballot access, you deserve to be in the debates. Kash Jackson, who’s running for governor in Illinois, was just invited to one of the debates which will be held in Chicago. Larry Sharpe, the only opposition to Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo for governor in New York, is bound to be included in their debates. If you think Libertarians or other alternative candidates don’t deserve debate access after securing ballot access, you’re badly mistaken. Nexstar, do what is right, proper and ethical and include Mark Tippetts in the debate.
Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network, wrestling editor and contributing writer for Ambush Sports, a contributing writer for My Sports Vote and Midwest Sports Network, and a former contributor to Bleacher Report and Overtime Heroics. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dog Buster.