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Libertarians nominate Chase Oliver for president, spurning Trump and Kennedy

Former us president Donald Trump appeared at the Libertarian Party’s convention on Saturday night but was booed by many in the room.

Chase Oliver

The Libertarian Party has nominated Chase Oliver for US president, rejecting Donald Trump and Robert F Kennedy Jr after they each spoke at the party’s convention.

Third parties have rarely been competitive in US presidential elections and the Libertarian candidate four years ago won 1% of the vote. But the party’s decision is getting more attention this year due to the rematch between Mr Trump and US President Joe Biden, which could hinge again on small vote margins in a handful of contested states.

“We did it! I am officially the presidential nominee,” Mr Oliver posted on Sunday on X, formerly Twitter. “It’s time to unify and move forward for liberty.”

Donald Trump speaking at the Libertarian National Convention
Donald Trump speaking at the Libertarian National Convention (AP/Jose Luis Magana)

Mr Trump appeared on Saturday night in Washington at the convention to give a speech that was repeatedly booed by many in the room. It did not pay off with the endorsement he requested, though his Republican allies praised him for choosing to go before an unfriendly crowd.

Mr Kennedy got a friendlier reception when he spoke on Friday and attacked both Mr Trump and Mr Biden for how they addressed the Covid-19 pandemic. He had talked up his support for the Libertarians and an endorsement could have helped him expedite the process of gaining ballot access in all 50 states, perhaps the biggest hurdle he faces in qualifying for the first presidential debate in June hosted by CNN.

Libertarians prioritise small government and individual freedoms, with a mix of policy positions that could be seen as liberal, conservative or neither.

Mr Oliver is an activist from Atlanta who previously ran for the US Senate and US House of Representatives from Georgia. His campaign website calls for major cuts to the federal budget with an eye towards balancing the budget, the abolition of the death penalty, and the closure of all overseas military bases and ending of military support to Israel and Ukraine.

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