Barbara Howe goes 'On the Record'

Posted September 28, 2012
Updated September 29, 2012

Barbara Howe, the Libertarian candidate for governor, joined David Crabtree for WRAL's "On the Record" program this week. Mike Munger, a Duke University economist and political science professor, joined Howe and Crabtree in the second half of the show. Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton have appeared in recent weeks. 

This week's show airs on WRAL-TV at 7:30 p.m., or you can view it below. 

Crabtree asked Howe about what motivates her to run as a third-party candidate, knowing that she most likely won't win.

"Obviously it's a long shot," Howe acknowledge. But as of right now, she said, she's in the thick of things with McCrory and Dalton. "Right now, we're all at zero," Howe said

Munger got a little less than 3 percent of the vote in 2008 and Libertarians have traditionally struggled to attract a widespread following. 

When asked how she would work with a Republican-lead General Assembly, she pointed out that fellow-Libertarian Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, vetoed 750 bills while in office. Left unsaid -- Johnson was elected as a Republican. 

Crabtree asked if sometimes third party movements don't hurt themselves. For example, the Natural Law Party back in the 1990s ran candidates throughout North Carolina that promoted transcendental meditation and "yogic flying."

Munger points out there are some unusual candidates -- like KKK leader David Duke who ran for office as a Republican -- in every party. 

"The major parties have crazy people too," he said. 

Crabtree asked Howe her positions on several issues, including:

On fracking: "If you wait until something is 100 percent safe, you will never do it," Howe said. She said that companies should be welcomed to explore from gas here as long is there is a mechanism to ensure they clean up any environmental damage they cause.

Education: She said the state should offer parents an education tax credit so they can send their children to public or private school.

Voter ID: Howe said she thought the state ought to know who is voting, but she didn't see the need for a picture ID program. "It's a solution in search of a problem," she said. 


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  • silverfox Oct 2, 2012

    Come on uninformed voters...get it together! If you watch the video in its entirety you will see that she knows she is going to lose. She is trying to keep certain things in the conversation among voters and candidates. I don't think I would label it "freedom," as she did but all the same that's her purpose. Does anyone know when the debate is on WRAL?

  • Brian Jenkins Oct 1, 2012

    "who is she?"

    So close to the election and this person doesnt even know where ALL the candidates stand. Just the two party candidates shoved down our throats. Poor America.

    Barbara Howe and Gary Johnson 2012!!!

  • pappybigtuna1 Oct 1, 2012

    who is she? does anyone care? Is freedom of speech a crime or against WRAL bolg rules.

    Where is perdue, we had 2 resident of NC murdered in afrackistan, they were solders of our state, has she demanded anything from obama

  • Brian Jenkins Oct 1, 2012

    She will lose again.
    September 29, 2012 9:09 p.m.
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    So does Freedom.

  • mfarmer1 Sep 29, 2012

    She will lose again.