Skip to comments.Virginia Libertarian Is Only Gubernatorial Candidate Focused on Issues
Posted on 09/22/2013 11:57:47 AM PDT by shego
Robert Sarvis lags in the polls, but leads on the merits.
According to the conservative Media Research Center's analysis of this year's race for governor, coverage of Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli has been "viciously negative," with 24 critical stories for every uncritical one. Coverage of the Democrat, Terry McAuliffe, hasn't exactly been glowing: By the MRC's estimate, negative stories about him outnumber positive stories three to one.
But Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate, probably would switch places with either of them in a heartbeat. He barely gets mentioned at all garnering only about 2 percent of all coverage even though his name will appear on the ballot alongside the other two.
Take a recent piece in Politico. "Terry McAuliffe, Ken Cuccinelli Tax Plan Sparks Local Revolts" explains how the candidates' desire to lower or eliminate three unpopular businesses taxes is causing heartburn among local government leaders. It begins by noting that "in one of the nastiest political battles of 2013, there's one thing Virginia's gubernatorial candidates agree on." Sarvis agrees with the other two candidates about those taxes, too. Yet the Politico story never mentions him.
Ditto The Washington Post, which recently editorialized about "Virginia's Dispiriting Election." The newspaper thinks it would be "nice if the candidates for governor, who have devoted prodigious amounts of time and energy to tearing each other to pieces, expended equal effort in defining the issues that should matter to Virginians." Alas, "the two candidates . . . have expended so much time and energy impugning each other's qualifications that voters would be excused for having no sense of the stakes in the election." The two candidates? What about the third one, who is running a campaign based on issues rather than attacks? Nary a word....
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Yep, he is libertarian alright.
The absolutism on the issue is ruining our political discourse. I think most voters would like some relief from the demonization and over-the-top rhetoric coming from both sides.
Let him say that to the One on high upon whom the country really derives its protection and prosperity. He just called a moral stance a demonic one.
What’s more interesting is Sarvis’s campaign site. He offers “open-minded” leadership, supports “marriage equality”,”embracing immigrants with open arms”, and he attacks Republicans on gun rights issues. Then he goes on to trumpet his “half-Chinese, mixed-race” makeup as the best choice to offer “diverse” leadership.
LOL, are you kidding me? This idiot is nothing but a race-baiting, queer-loving, amnesty-promoting liberal. He needs to get his butt out of the race. He hasn’t a chance in hell of being elected, but he WILL help McAuliffe do just that.
“I think the Republican Party cannot be trusted on economic issues like keeping taxes and spending low, but also on personal issues they are very regressive and they are trying to force a regressive ideology on all of us,” Sarvis said.
“Regressive” is of course the opposite of “progressive”.
Welcome to FR shego, so far your reason to sign on here seems to be to push liberalism.
“he (Robert Sarvis) also favors state recognition of same-sex marriage and he says abortion is an individual issue that the government should steer away from.”
You embrace homosexual marriage
And, by “pushing libertarianism”, he will insure the election of Terry McAuliffe, Clinton crony and slimeball extraordinaire. . .
“... he says abortion is an individual issue that the government should steer away from.
Where did he say that? Can you provide a reference, please?
The push should be for Cuccinelli despite whatever merits Sarvis brings to the table. If Sarvis is Pro-Kill then don’t waste your time advancing his candidacy here at FR.
Welcome to FR, btw.
Great choice there shego.
From his own campaign site: He is truly libertarian.
“Rob wants to give Virginians a different option, based on open-minded, intelligent, economically literate leadership. He wants to bring Virginians together, not divide them with a culture war or a class war. He seeks to expand personal freedom by supporting marriage equality, restoring civil liberties, and embracing immigrants with open arms.”
How will another liberal on the ballot help McAuliffe?
Everytime I’ve heard Cuccineli he’s talking about the issues.
Cuccineli from what I’ve seen is a solid Conservative who’s taken on Obama. What has this Libertarian done?
That description was taken from a news article.
“”On the issues, Sarvis sounds like a hybrid of the two parties. He favors decentralizing transportation projects and education, giving local leaders more control over funding.
“I would like to see much more control given to parents and free teachers from bureaucracy,” he says.
But he also favors state recognition of same-sex marriage and he says abortion is an individual issue that the government should steer away from.””
That idiot libertarian will give the Dems a victory in the Senate - GREAT going.
The potential to attract moderate Republicans, those who don’t care about social issues, and others who might otherwise be repulsed by McAuliffe.
Shego, you’re normally pretty talkative. How come you haven’t weighed in on your own thread?
McAuliffe has more to loose with Sarvis in the race.
I wouldn’t want their votes anyway
He’s going to hand the Virginia governorship to the most corrupt snakeoil merchant in political history.
The Dem's best friends..
Agree with every word.
Liberaltarians sounds god until you ask them questions about borers, drugs, sex, homosexuality, age of consent, incest, CIA, FBI , military and then they sound more whacked out than liberals.
BTW, Hope you’re doing well.
Any particular reason you are giving this guy the time of day?
that’s his plan, we have to remember that liberaltarains are more in tune with the old communist agenda than even Democrats.
This is not the first thread either started by Shego pushing his/her liberal issues
Because certain idiot Repukelicans will vote for this tool.
All they want is to do anything they want and never pay taxes.
So this guy wants open borders, homosexual marriage, as far as we know.
Will those points come out though along with other points this guy stands for is the question or will the media ignore those issues as it will turn off many voters?
My Zot senses are tingling.
Hello, manc, my friend. Yes, things are good here, thanks. Hope you and your sweet wife are well.
There is a very good reason why some folks call them liberaltarians.
wife and kids are well thanks.
Yes I’ve got into a few arguments on here over the last few days and they remind me why I’m a conservative and not liberal.
I hope Cuccinelli gets every vote he can get. The prospect of that filthy crook, McAuliffe, as my governor is more than I can take.
Interestingly, I just found out that our Romney-loving lieutenant governor is supporting McAuliffe.
and he bashes gun rights?
>> and he bashes gun rights?
Not to undermine the anti-libertarian screed.
Sarvis also says he will work to overturn the Virginia Constitution’s ban on gay marriage.
So those against homosexual behavior will be forced to service it.
Sarvis says he has lots of queer friends so I guess he’d overturn the will of the people for his homo pals.
Many self-described libertarians fail to admit they have no problem denying life to the unborn, and favoring law that forces the citizens to support and service homosexual behavior. Is this liberty, or is it leftism?
I’m only learning about Sarvis here, but he seems to be a fraud.
Admittedly, that's kind of like saying you think that the sun rises in the east or that Pope Francis is Catholic.
Not this one, as well as the vast majority of my libertarian friends who are pro-life.
...and favoring law that forces the citizens to support and service homosexual behavior.
The vast majority of libertarians do not support arbitrary law, including any laws which force people or businesses to associate with groups which they don't agree with, or to give such groups any special protection.
Is this liberty, or is it leftism?
The establishment parties (Republicans and Democrats) embrace leftism to a much larger degree than any libertarians you will run into. Attempting to conflate libertarians with leftists is the height of propaganda.
If you want to complain about leftism, take a look at what the establishment parties have been doing to this country for the last century, instead of looking for libertarian boogeymen.
That ship has pretty well sailed after the whole Star Scientific scandal exploded.
We need candidates who are actuall interested in rolling back Big Brother government, not just in flapping their gums about it.
In short, libertarians are just about polar opposites of your standard authoritarian leftist.
The fact that libertarians don't want to criminalize private behavior which has no victim, does not make them leftists.
Libertarians simply reject the arbitrary authoritarianism which both national parties embrace, and they are among the most anti-marxist/anti-communist individuals you will find on earth.
You are aware this guy is a babykiller.
So you are just going to ignore the real issues and what everyone is posting to you about this candidate’s leftist agenda on some of the most fundamental issues concerning the survival of America?
Just like you ignored the relevant position of the sentence I posted?
“”but also on personal issues they are very regressive and they are trying to force a regressive ideology on all of us, Sarvis said.””
So, you're the pro-NSA-surveillance guy here. I knew there's be one somewhere....
Let's try this again:
I think the Republican Party cannot be trusted on economic issues like keeping taxes and spending lowThere's the real issues, again, in big, bold, and italic this time. Do I need to add something else? Color? Blink tags?
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