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Invite the Libertarian candidate, too

Eric Cervone | Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Dear President Jenkins,

I recently read about Notre Dame’s tradition of inviting presidential candidates to speak on campus. I think this is an excellent tradition, as it is important for students to be engaged in political discourse. It is my understanding that this year, invitations have been extended to both President Obama and Mitt Romney. In the spirit of fostering healthy and robust political discussion, I would like to respectfully request that an invitation also be extended to the Libertarian Party presidential candidate, Gary Johnson.

Recent polls place Johnson’s support nationally at six percent, and at 10 percent in our neighboring state of Ohio; these numbers are likely to only increase in the coming weeks as his campaign gains recognition. More importantly, Johnson offers policy solutions that differ from those proposed by both President Obama and Romney. Given the troubling times our country faces, I believe it is important that such views be heard and debated.  As a former two-term governor of New Mexico, Johnson deserves the respect that has been displayed to the other two major presidential candidates. I strongly urge you and the University of Notre Dame to invite Johnson to speak on campus. Thank you for your consideration.


Eric Cervone
law student
off campus
Oct. 1