Libertarian Party to hold presidential debate

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Five of the 11 Libertarians on the presidential primary ballot March 15 have been invited to participate in a live debate Monday night from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

The debate will be conducted via Google Hangouts on Air and webcast over the Libertarian Party of North Carolina’s YouTube channel from 9 to 10:30 p.m. EST. To watch the debate live online, go to

The LPNC is partnering with the North Carolina Channel, a new service of UNC-TV, to produce the debate. It will be recorded and is scheduled to air on Time-Warner Cable 1276 and be broadcast over-the-air across the state on Thursday  at 8 p.m.. In the Raleigh-Durham area, viewers can watch it on channels 4.4 or 26.4.

Candidates scheduled to appear include Gary Johnson of New Mexico, Austin Petersen of Missouri, Steven Kerbel of Colorado, Darryl W. Perry of New Hampshire, and Jack Robinson of South Carolina. They were the top five finishers in an online preference poll conducted by the LPNC which included all 11 presidential candidates on the Libertarian primary ballot (plus “No Preference,” which finished sixth).

Carolina Journal Associate Editor Barry Smith will moderate the debate from the studios of UNC-TV. Candidates will participate from locations across the nation.

North Carolina’s primary is non-binding. The Libertarian presidential and vice presidential candidates will be chosen by delegates to the party’s national convention scheduled for May 27 to 30 in Orlando, Florida.

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