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This one ran in The Tampa Bay Times on July 24

(286 words)

SUBJECT: Campaign 2016

HEADLINE: Legitimate third option

Remember that silly scene in the movie Airplane when the two dinner options are announced as "steak or fish"? After consuming this dinner, many on board get deathly ill. It turns out there's a doctor on board and he asks the crew what they served for dinner. When the stewardess replies "steak or fish," the doctor says, "Yes, yes, I remember, I had lasagna."

Even in a silly movie, there's always a palatable third option that doesn't make you sick, right?

This presidential election season is a bit silly too, with two options that sort of make you sick — and then there is that unique third option that doesn't upset your stomach. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is the only former state chief executive on the top of the ticket. His Libertarian running mate is also a former governor — Bill Weld of Massachusetts. They will be the only third party on the ballot in all 50 states.

Johnson has reached double digits in polling countless times already, and if he is averaging 15 percent when the first debate rolls around in September, he'll be on stage with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The nation will get a fresh new face to consider.

So please, when you receive a call from a pollster asking whom you'd vote for this November, give Johnson a try. And if they don't give you Johnson as an option, ask why not. Look Johnson up, get to know who he is. Dig into his platform of fiscal responsibility and social open-mindedness. Or you can always go back to that overcooked steak or the fish that made the whole plane sick.

Your call.

Brian McLaughlin, Palm Harbor

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This one submitted by Joe Richardson to The Tampa Bay Times this week, probably will publish Sunday/Monday

(304 words)


We recently witnessed the conventions of our major political parties, both of which drove home their messages for November.  Republicans touted how Hillary Clinton did not possess the moral character to be President, noting the national security risks posed by her private email server, along with the nefarious characters who supported her husband's foundation.  A week later, the Democrats pointed out how Donald Trump did not possess the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief, and how a person who engages in Twitter-wars with Gold Star families might not be someone suitable holding the nuclear codes.  I came away from those two weeks with one absolute conviction; that both parties are absolutely correct in their assessments that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald J. Trump should be our next President.

Perhaps instead, we might actually look into voting FOR someone rather than fearing the worst of two evils.  Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party actually do offer a fresh change for those looking at breaking up the status quo.  One of the reasons we have gotten into this mess is the extreme arrogance Democrats and Republicans have regarding voters and their own financial corruption.  They have convinced us that we can only choose between the two parties, and that nobody else is even an option.  Gary Johnson and his running mate, William Weld, are both two-term governors, and Johnson is actually the only Presidential candidate on the ballot who can claim executive experience.  A candidate who actually supports gay marriage, a woman's right to choose and wants to balance the budget is something people can support, and promises true change.

Mark Twain once remarked that he would never belong to a club that would have him as a member.  Maybe this is the year when Democrats and Republicans looking for real change can make his words ring true.

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This one is proposed by Prof. Larry Gillis for the Fort Myers News-Press

(305 words)

For loyal Democrats and Republicans, there appear to be cruel choices to be made this fall, especially in the Presidential race. Each of the major-party nominees is deeply flawed, and in a variety of ways.

 

Do not assume for a minute, however, that voters will have only these two choices. There is an actual alternative at hand: the Libertarians. They will be on the ballot in most States this November, including our very own Florida.

 

As your readers may know, former Governor Gary Johnson (New Mexico) is the Libertarian nominee for President. Former Governor Bill Weld (Massachusetts) is his Vice-Presidential nominee. Each of them has more elected executive experience than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, or the two of them combined. Neither Johnson not Weld is an unreasonable person (Ask the people who voted them into office). Happily, neither of them has an explosive impulsive personality or a squeam-inducing carelessness or lack of character.

 

It is obvious that the two traditional parties have failed us. Their failure has characterized our politics since even before Speaker Newt Gingrich’s “Contract With America” and the gridlock that followed, and the ever-creeping Nanny State under Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama. In considering the Libertarians, voters will have to remember that the old coalitions and the old accommodations -- demonstrably -- simply do not work for us anymore. A radical approach is needed.

 

Libertarians stand boldly for liberty (no surprises there). They stand for personal responsibility. They stand for the proposition that each of us should make our own choices (not harming anyone else in doing so) and make our own way, and to stand by the consequences. In other words, more government is not the "default mode".

 

So, voters do not have to pick the lesser of two evils -- again -- this November. They can vote Libertarian.

 

Larry Gillis (Vice Chair, Libertarian Party of Lee County)

Cape Coral

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This one is proposed by Jeremy Hallick for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville

(256 words)

In case you have had your head in the sand, election season is upon us. We, the people of the United States, have put forth two candidates that are more likely to make us sick to our stomachs than proud to be American. Many feel like these candidates are our only two options, but I am here to tell you adamantly that they are not. There IS another option for the American people.

Libertarians Gary Johnson and Bill Weld combine what is perhaps best about conservatives and liberals into one. They are fiscal conservatives who have always been at the forefront of social open-mindedness matters. They have been fiscally conservative governors in liberal states– Johnson in New Mexico and Weld in Massachusetts, and have proven to balance budgets and improve the economy in their respective states. This year, the Johnson-Weld team will be available on the ballot in all 50 states.

Currently, Johnson is polling anywhere from 10-14 percent. If he is averaging 15 percent around September, he will be eligible to participate on stage with the other two candidates in the Presidential debates. If this happens, it will allow the people to see that there is a viable third option candidate that represents the view of the American people rather than the specific view of their respective political party. I urge you to consider the Johnson-Weld ticket this election season. Try it for four years. If you don't like it, you can always go back to the corruption of the two-party system we currently have.

Jeremy Hallick 
Fleming Island

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OTHER PROPOSED LETTERS (BY BRIAN MAC)

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(300 word template – 296 to be exact)

Have you ever played Tic-tac-toe and you and your buddy always tie, a stalemate? You’re forced to play just with Xs and Os, and it always ends the same?

What if you could throw a 3rd character in the game … maybe an uppercase ‘L’ with a flame coming out of it? That would make things interesting, wouldn’t it?

Earlier this year I felt frustrated about this presidential election, stalemated. That is until I found out about Governor Gary Johnson and Governor Gary Weld and the Libertarian Party, and then saw Johnson above 10 percent in the very first three-way poll in March.

I thought … now this is something I can get behind!

Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, is the only former state chief executive at the top of any presidential ticket. His Libertarian running mate Weld is also a successful former governor—from Massachusetts. They will be the only third party on the ballot in all 50 states. They preach a fiscally conservative message combined with a ‘get your laws off my body and out of my house’ argument when it comes to social issues. They take the best parts of the ancient two parties and combine it.

If Johnson is averaging 15 percent in the polls when the first debate rolls around in September, he'll be on stage with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The nation will get a fresh new face to consider. So please, when you receive a call from a pollster asking whom you'd vote for this November, give Johnson a shot. And if they don't give you Johnson as an option, ask ‘why not?’. Look Johnson up, get to know who he is. Please dig into his platform.

Let’s change this mundane tic-tac-toe game that is played every four years.

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OTHER PROPOSED LETTERS (BY BRIAN MAC)

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(150 word template)

When you go to a restaurant, you’re never handed a menu with two items on it.

‘You want hot mush or cold mush tonight?’, the server might say.

Well, I want more than two options when it comes to this year’s president election. The Republican and Democrat mush—hot or cold—tastes the same to me.

The new menu is out and has an outstanding option to mush this year, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. His running mate is also a former state chief executive—Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts. They’ve run states before, their competitors haven’t. They’re the only 3rd Party to be on the ballot in 50 states.

The Governors preach a fiscally conservative message combined with an open-minded social platform. They take the best parts of the ancient two parties and fuse them together.

They leave the leftover mush to the pets.

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MORE BASIC LETTER (BY BRIAN MAC)

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(250-word template – 243 to be exact)

I’m tired of people telling me I’m wasting my vote when it comes to the presidential election this fall.

I’m voting for Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party in November, and trust me … I’m not wasting my vote. This year, more people are voting to block a candidate instead of voting for a candidate. Yet there’s this outstanding third option on the ballot in all 50 states and people still want to vote for the block instead of somebody they truly support.

Johnson and his running mate—former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld—are a wonderful blend in a not-so-positive time, politically. Their message is upbeat … a non-attacking style that you’d think would resonate this year.

They preach a fiscally conservative message combined with a ‘get your laws off my body and out of my house’ platform when it comes to social issues. They take the best parts of the two ancient parties and merge them, leaving the scraps behind.

If Johnson is averaging 15 percent in the polls when the first debate rolls around in September, he'll be on stage with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The nation will get a fresh new face to consider. If a pollster calls you, let them know you’d like an extra option.

Please take a look at Gov. Johnson, get to know who he is. Please dig into his platform.

You could be a part of something special. We’d love to have you.

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MORE BASIC LETTER (BY BRIAN MAC)

Please feel free to use, put your name on it

(300-word template – 290 to be exact)

You know, I’m not anti-anything when it comes to this presidential election. I’m ‘pro’ Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party.

Enough with the negativity, OK? Enough with the simple talk, the lack of vision and the distracting personal attacks. Haven’t we said this for decades, that we’re tired of politics as usual? Don’t you think it’s time for a switcheroo up top?

Let’s take a look at two former two-term governors who already know what it is like to make those tough chief executive decisions. They have a perfect blend of ideas for their platform.

I’m tired of Donald Clinton and Hillary Trump. They’re cut from the same cloth, and I don’t think much of how they campaign.

Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, is the only former chief executive on the presidential ticket. They will be the only third party on the ballot in all 50 states. They preach a fiscally conservative message combined with a ‘get your laws off my body and out of my house’ argument when it comes to social issues—they take the best parts of the ancient two parties and combine it.

If Johnson is averaging 15 percent in the polls when the first debate rolls around in September, he'll be on stage with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The nation will get a fresh new face to consider. So please, when you receive a call from a pollster asking who you'd vote for this November, give Johnson a shot. And if they don't give you Johnson as an option, ask ‘why not?’. Please look Johnson up, get to know who he is—dig into his platform.

We need fresh faces. We need your help. We’d love to have you on board.

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