Debates: Libertarians shine against old party candidates
, Libertarian Party News
, Nov 1994
Report on the nationally televised debate between Republican Rick Santorum, Ernsberger and Democrat and Patriot Party contenders for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania
This year may be ... the breakthrough year when Libertarians were finally given the chance to face off against the older party candidates. ... One of the most impressive performances was turned in by Don Ernsberger, an LP national committee member and the LP's candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Ernsberger proved himself to be the most clear-thinking and serious candidate for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat in a live four-way debate that aired Oct. 14, on 14 ABC affiliate stations in Pennsylvania and on C-SPAN nationally. ... 'I think I did well, and I think I dominated most of the flow,' said Ernsberger.
Report on May 9th Don Ernsberger Talk: "How To Be An Effective And Principled Libertarian Candidate"
, LPDC News
, Jun 2001
Report on talk by Ernsberger given at a Libertarian Party of the District of Columbia dinner meeting
A long-time activist and retired teacher, Don ran in Pennsylvania for the US House in 1988 and for US Senate in 1994 ... Don spent $38,000 in his House race ... He got only 5% of the vote ... However, he made enough of an impact that in 1994, that when the Republican Senatorial candidate Rick Santorum heard Don would be running, he ... tried to dissuade Don from running, obviously fearing Don could cost him the election ... When Rick Santorum threatened to boycott their debate because Don would be on the stage, the League told him to go ahead—they would put an empty chair in his place. Santorum had to back down.