Ahead of Convention, Libertarians Dangle 'Tax-and-Spending-Cutter’s Dream' Nominee

The Libertarian Party called the winnowing down of the GOP primary field to last man standing Donald Trump "bad news, good news" for supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ohio Gov. John Kasich or other candidates.

Seventeen people are vying to be the Libertarian nominee at the party's upcoming convention in Orlando on Memorial Day weekend.

Leading the pack is former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who got 1.2 million votes in the 2012 presidential election.

After Kasich left the GOP race on Wednesday, the Libertarian Party sent out a statement noting that while "the bad news" for Cruz and Kasich supporters "is their candidates will not win the GOP nomination, the good news for fiscal conservatives is that the Libertarian presidential nominee—a tax-and-spending-cutter’s dream—is expected to be on the ballot in all fifty states, plus D.C., this November."

“Libertarians not only campaign to immediately balance the federal budget,” said Nicholas Sarwark, chairman of the Libertarian National Committee. “We also aim to downsize and eliminate scores of unneeded and unconstitutional federal bureaucracies. The needs these government agencies allege to fulfill are far better served by the private, voluntary sectors of the economy.”

“Libertarians also know that we must do more than just cut spending,” he continued. “We must reduce taxes, or reduce deficit spending, by the amount saved. By moving trillions of dollars out of the bloated, wasteful government sector and back into the productive, private sector, we’ll stimulate massive business investment, which will create millions of desperately needed new jobs.”

“We invite Republicans, who are aghast at the big spending and trade wars they expect from Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, to join the Libertarian Party, support our candidates, and vote Libertarian on November 8."

The Washington Examiner reported that the party saw a spike in membership applications after Tuesday's Indiana primary, and party executive director Wes Benedict said in an email to supporters today that "you wouldn't believe the numbers of inquiries we have gotten."