Mike Gravel, former Senator from Alaska, who has been running for the Democratic Presidential nomination has announced that he will be seeking the nomination of the Libertarian Party. Many may have expected Representative Ron Paul who has been seeking the Republican nomination to possibly look to run on the Libertarian ticket. He has run on the Libertarian ticket in the past. Gravel sighted being marginalized by the Democrats and not being able to participate in debates as the reason he has turned to the Libertarians. It doesn’t appear that the Libertarians want him. Their platform of limited government seems to clash with Gravels advocacy of universal health care, paid for with a national retail sales tax, among other things.
There are fifteen other candidates vying for the Libertarian nomination that will be decided during their convention held in Denver May 22-26.