Libertarian Party Announces Their Ticket for President and VP

Sunday the Libertarian announced their fully nominated ticket for the White House in 2020.

Jo Jorgensen is their nominee for President and Spike Cohen is their nominee for Vice President.

On her Twitter profile, Jorgensen describes herself as “2020 Candidate for #President Professor, wife, mother, avid hockey player, and former Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate.”

Jorgensen tweeted after being nominated:

The choice isn’t one or the other but the one that gives you the most freedom! Make the decision that benefits the most people and not some “lesser evil”.

I am honored to have Spike Cohen as my VP! Spike is dedicated to freedom for all people, empowering the individual, and ending destructive government power. Welcome Spike! I look forward to serving with you as President and Vice President of the USA! @RealSpikeCohen

Per Fox News, of course, the Libertarians’ pick is unlikely to stand much of a chance in the general election against President Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and even her odds of playing a spoiler role appear slim.

Jorgensen, who was the Libertarians’ 1996 vice presidential nominee, captured the nomination following four rounds of voting.

“I am glad that the voters will finally have a real choice because the non-choice between Trump and Biden is still an option between big government and more big government,” Jorgensen wrote in a statement released by the party early Sunday.

The psychologist and grandmother is the first woman to top the party’s presidential ticket. She’s a decade younger than 73-year-old Trump and 14 years younger than Biden.

But she enjoys a lot less name recognition than 2012 and 2016 nominee Gary Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico.

Johnson and his running mate – former Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts – won nearly 4.5 million votes in 2016, topping 3 percent of the popular vote. But they failed to win any electoral votes.

Johnson and Weld were on the ballot in all 50 states four years ago. The Libertarian Party says it started this year obtaining ballot access in 35 states. But the coronavirus pandemic has slowed their efforts to get their presidential ticket on the ballot in the remaining states.

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan – a Republican congressman who left the GOP last year to become an independent – briefly flirted this spring with a bid for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination. But the vocal Trump critic ended his pursuit earlier this month.