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Wayne Allyn Root

Born July 20, 1961 (age 48)
Mount Vernon, New York
Political party Libertarian
Spouse(s) Debra Root
Children Dakota Root, Hudson Root, Remington Reagan Root, Contessa Root
Occupation TV celebrity, producer, author, CEO, politician
Religion Jewish[1]
Website Root for America

Wayne Allyn Root (born July 20, 1961) is an American politician, entrepreneur, television producer, and best-selling author. Root began his career as a professional sports handicapper, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was the 2008 United States Libertarian Party vice-presidential nominee. He is currently considered the frontrunner for the 2012 Libertarian Presidential nomination.[2]

His political talk radio show,W.A.R: The Wayne Allyn Root Show is broadcast in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. Root is also a regular guest on several of the most popular nationally syndicated radio shows in the country such as Savage Nation with host Michael Savage, The Jerry Doyle Show, and Mancow's Morning Madhouse with host Mancow Muller. Root is seen frequently on Fox News Channel with hosts Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Neil Cavuto. Root has also made numerous appearances on Fox & Friends, the Fox News national morning show. He has also become a speaker at Tea Party events across the country.[3]

At the 2008 Libertarian National Convention, Root was eliminated on the fifth ballot in a bid for the presidential nomination, but then became the vice presidential candidate alongside Libertarian nominee Bob Barr.


Early life and education

Root was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the son of the late David and Stella Root. His father was a butcher from Brownsville, Brooklyn, who dabbled in third party politics as one of the original founders of the New York State Conservative Party.[4]

Root graduated as Valedictorian from his high school, Thornton-Donovan School, then graduated from Columbia University in 1983 as a Political Science major (in the same class as President Barack Obama)[5]

Personal life

He has been married to Debra Root for over 17 years. The couple have four children: Dakota, Hudson, Remington, and Contessa.[6]


TV producer and personality

Root is Founder and Chairman of Winning Edge International Inc. Since 2000, he has hosted Wayne Allyn Root's Winning Edge, a television show which promotes Root's sports handicapping operation. The show aired during the 2007 season on Discovery Channel on Saturday mornings, and featured analysis by Root, former NFL and College Football coach Ron Meyer, Big Al McMordie, and Chet Coppock. It has been aired in the past on Fox Sports Net, Comcast Sports, Spike TV, and Superstation WGN.[citation needed]

Root was also the creator, executive producer and co-host (along with HBO's Max Kellerman) of King of Vegas on Spike TV. King of Vegas attracted over one million viewers in one episode. His TV production company "Cool Hand Root" is based in Las Vegas.[citation needed]

Root was awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars on August 15, 2006.[7]

Sports handicapper

Root's TV handicapping career began in New York City on WNBC radio (now WFAN) in the early 1980s. He moved onto NBC "Source Radio Network" syndicated around the country in over 100 markets as a sports talk host. He later became one of the youngest anchormen and national TV hosts in America from 1989 through the early 1990s on Financial News Network (FNN), now known as CNBC. Root hosted five shows on FNN, including Who Beat the Spread and FNN Zone with Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder (of CBS NFL Today fame).


Root is also the author of several books, including The Zen of Gambling,The Joy of Failure!, The King of Vegas' Guide to Gambling, and Millionaire Republican.[8]


Although a longtime staunch Republican who had been a big contributor to Republican candidates throughout the country, Root was often described as a Libertarian Republican. He has written a book on his libertarian views, titled The Conscience of a Libertarian.[9]

2008 presidential campaign

On May 4, 2007, Root declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party's 2008 presidential nomination on Las Vegas' Fox 5 television station.[10]

On February 5, 2008, he won the Missouri Libertarian primary. He came in second in Arizona and third in California, without campaigning in any of these states.[4]

2008 vice-presidential candidacy

On May 25, 2008, Root made it to the fifth ballot at the 2008 Libertarian National Convention before being eliminated and endorsing Bob Barr, who went on to the party's presidential nomination. In the third round of voting, he was successful in the race for the vice presidential nomination, beating Steve Kubby.[11]

In September 2008, Root offered to give up his VP slate on the Libertarian ticket to make room for Ron Paul, as the LP received feelers that the former Republican presidential candidate may have been interested in getting on a strong third party ticket, as there remained a strong following behind him. Paul declined the offer, and denied any intention of running on a third-party presidential ticket.[12]

Political positions

Root supports smaller government, reduced spending, reduced entitlements, reduced bureaucracy, dramatically lower taxes, and greater personal freedom for individuals. In the area of education, he supports more parental control, more emphasis on school choice (moving education to the state and local level), and increased competition through vouchers. Root and his wife choose to home-school their children. He is also a strong supporter of gun rights for the individual. Root is a small businessman who believes the 2-party system is built on corruption, greed and bribery. He is a fiscal conservative in the mode of his heroes Ronald Reagan, and Barry Goldwater. He believes most social issues should be determined on the state and local level.[4] Root calls for the repeal of the income tax and favors replacing it, as well as all other sources of federal tax revenues, with a tax on each state in proportion to its population, with each state deciding for itself how to raise its share of the money [13], which is mentioned in Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution.

Root holds that "the Iraq war is a disaster". He states the answer is to "use the success of the surge to declare victory and make plans to get out of Iraq as soon as reasonably possible".[14] He also questions Central Intelligence Agency information on Iran, would use "any diplomatic means", including the United Nations, in order to "avoid another war".[15]

Books authored

  • Betting to Win on Sports (as Wayne Alan Root, with Wilbur Cross). Bantam. 1989. ISBN 978-0553347890. 
  • The Joy of Failure!: How to Turn Failure, Rejection, and Pain into Extraordinary Success. The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts (John Wiley & Sons)- released on July 20, 2009.: Summit Publishing Group. 1997. ISBN 978-1565302068. 
  • The Zen of Gambling: The Ultimate Guide to Risking It All and Winning at Life (with Paul Pease). Tarcher. 2004. ISBN 978-1585424023. 
  • Millionaire Republican. Tarcher. 2005. ISBN 978-1585425129. 
  • The King of Vegas' Guide to Gambling: How to Win Big at Poker, Casino Gambling & Life!The Zen of Gambling updated. Tarcher. 2006. ISBN 978-1585425297. 
  • The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts. Wiley. 2009. ISBN 978-0470452653. 

See also


  1. ^ Root, Wayne Allyn (2003-04-05) "Exposing the Liberal Media - Part 1",
  2. ^ Winger, Richard (June 28, 2009) “Wayne Allyn Root Introduced for Interview as “The Lead Presidential Candidate for the Libertarian Party in 2012″”, Ballot Access News. Retrieved on 14 July 2009.
  3. ^ Batoon, Nathan (July 6, 2009) "Activists decry federal taxes". The Daily Texan online. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Wayne Allyn Root's Libertarian Presidential Candidate Website: Root for America!
  5. ^ Vinciguerra, Thomas (October 3, 2008). "The Life of the 3rd Party". New York Times. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Las Vegas Walk of Stars:List of Stars
  8. ^ His latest book is entitled, "The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts (John Wiley & Sons)- released on July 20, 2009. Root starts a nationwide book tour on "Hannity" on Fox News Channel. Wayne Allyn Root's Libertarian Presidential Candidate Website: Root for America!
  9. ^ Wayne Allyn Root's Blog - MY LIBERTARIAN AWAKENING
  10. ^ Davis, Os (July 25,2008). "Wayne Allyn Root: The industry’s man in Election 2008."
  11. ^ Official results from
  12. ^ Sheinin, Aaron Gould (2008-09-10)"Barr asks Ron Paul to be his running mate", Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2008-09-11.
  13. ^ Root, Wayne Allyn (April 15 2008). "A Realistic Plan to End Federal Income Taxes Forever". Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  14. ^ Root For America "Where Wayne Stands" page.
  15. ^ Glenn Beck "Interview with Presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root", MSNBC March 7, 2008.

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Preceded by
Richard Campagna
Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate
Succeeded by
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