Libertarian presidential nominee spreads message in the Mid-South

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Libertarian presidential nominee Dr. Jo Jorgensen rolled into Collierville Friday, spreading her message of an alternative to the major political parties.

“I’m here talking to the voters because voters right now don’t have a choice,” Jorgensen said. “We’ve got two old parties and a broken-down system.”

Jorgensen has been making the rounds with stops in Pittsburg, Maryland, Washington, DC and West Virginia.

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Her platform focuses on ending wars, veteran affairs and putting an end to imprisonment for victimless crimes.

“I think that government is too big, too bossy, too nosey, too intrusive,” Dr. Jorgensen said. “And the worst part is they often hurt the very people they’re trying to help. So, I want to put an end to that.”

A small crowd gathered outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall to take in her message.

“End the drug war,” Jackson, TN resident Tony Lupino said. “End the no-knock raids. Have self-accountability. The libertarian idea is the idea that you own your own body and fruits of your own labor.”

Libertarian Party of Shelby County vice chair Lemichael Wilson was in attendance as well.

“Restoring liberties to the average citizens and minimal government,” Wilson said. “Giving back the rights to the citizens.”

Jorgensen said third-party candidates have an uphill battle.

To get invited to debate, candidates must have a level of support of at least 15 percent of the national electorate determined by five national polls.

“First of all we’ve got stringent ballot access laws,” Dr. Jorgensen said. “But on top of that we’re told that for each state we have to collect so many thousands of signatures.”

Even with a pandemic, Jorgensen said it’s important that she connects with people in person to help push the goal of getting on the ballot and debate stage.

“We’ve got one of the major candidates who is basically zooming in from his basements,” Jorgensen said. “I want to go out and actually meet the voters, listen to them, hear what they have to say and show them that there’s a true alternative.”