Friday, April 1, at 9 p.m. EST, Fox Business Network will broadcast the first nationally televised Libertarian Party debate. The pre-taped debate will air as part of John Stossel’s show Stossel, and includes libertarian candidates Gary Johnson, Austin Petersen, and John McAfee.
Here’s a “spoiler-free” review from Reason’s Matt Welch:
I can exclusively pre-report that Gary Johnson is decidedly Gary Johnson (squishy from a libertarian-purist point of view on stuff like forcing anti-gay-marriage bakers to do business with homosexualists, sharpest in the field on the whats and whys of specifically cutting government), Austin Petersen looks like a cheeky 35-year-old playing at running for president (“Don’t hate me because I’m pretty!”), and John McAfee has taken the whole “Most interesting man in the world” ad campaign as some kind of personal dare. Crudely speaking, Johnson’s the pragmatist, McAfee’s the philosopher, and Petersen’s the hustler.
[…] Each candidate has moments that feel less than ready for prime time, and oh man if John McAfee was on a national debate stage talking about whatever the hell happened there down in Central America. But the biggest sensation for those of us who have become numb watching eight months of decidedly statist discourse might the sheer relief at seeing policy discussed from an unabashedly libertarian point of view.
And here’s the debate promo video: