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This libertarian activist is now running for Senate as a Republican – here’s why
The Blaze ^ | July 14, 2017 | Pat and Stu

Posted on 07/14/2017 1:07:37 PM PDT by TBP

What do you do when you realize you may be too conservative to be a libertarian?

Austin Petersen, best known for running for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in 2016, is giving the Republican Party a try. Advocating “pro-life and pro-Constitution” values, Petersen is challenging incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri for the 2018 midterm elections.

His decision came after thousands of phone calls reaching out directly to his supporters, who overwhelmingly urged him to run as a Republican, Petersen explained on Wednesday’s “Pat & Stu.”

“I decided to take their advice because they’re the ones who are putting all of their money and their time and their energy into these campaigns,” he said of his supporters.

Even though Republicans hold Congress and the White House, they haven’t managed to fulfill platform promises like repealing the Affordable Care Act. Petersen’s main mission is to join his voice to conservative senators clamoring for real reform.

“I’m running because I want to go in there and help people like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and Rand Paul,” he said.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Politics
KEYWORDS: beatmccaskill; libertarian; petersen; republican
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Petersen ran for the Libertarian nomination for President -- and is MUCH more libertarian than Gary Johnson will ever be -- and now is running for Senator "to help people like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul."

He'd be a great Senator. The kind of guy we need in Washington.

1 posted on 07/14/2017 1:07:38 PM PDT by TBP
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To: TBP
Ahhh. Liberaltarians.

Image result for libertarian meme

2 posted on 07/14/2017 1:23:47 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: TBP

He’s pretty late to the party...


3 posted on 07/14/2017 1:35:39 PM PDT by BlackAdderess (Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.)
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To: BlackAdderess

Better late than never.

And we welcome all advocates of small, limited government. He’s a LOT better than McCaskill.

(And young, too.)


4 posted on 07/14/2017 1:39:20 PM PDT by TBP (0bama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP

Satan is better than McCackles.

I’m embarrassed every time I hear her.


5 posted on 07/14/2017 1:47:19 PM PDT by Romans Nine
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To: Responsibility2nd

Some are, some aren’t. It’s like the word “liberal”. It’s been distorted to mean Socialist, or more recently Marxist-Leninist. I’m still registered as a Republican but stopped identifying myself as such when I came to understand that the people who run the party are Chamber of Commerce Democrats who use the words “freedom” and “liberty” but mean none of it. I want the least interference in my life, the least regulation of commerce, a police presence focused on the violent among us, people in political power who don’t want it but know someone who does is the alternative, and a military that isn’t stretched so thin round the planet that the homeland is at risk.


6 posted on 07/14/2017 2:04:16 PM PDT by katana
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To: katana

I’d listen to him. Just what if he gets the nomination?


7 posted on 07/14/2017 2:07:19 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: TBP

I don’t get all the FR hatred for libertarianism.
I’ve been burned and attacked many times for suggesting that libertarian and republican philosophy are closely aligned, at least if you separate the social issues and the evident GOP eagerness to impose our values on others by force.


8 posted on 07/14/2017 3:21:23 PM PDT by Notforprophet (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: katana

Are you telling me you don’t approve of using the police to enforce seat belt laws, the hate crime of the week and arresting men every time some woman makes an accusation that doesn’t have an ounce of credibility?


9 posted on 07/14/2017 4:30:58 PM PDT by BJ1
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To: TBP; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy

Yeah, no. If we want a social leftist, McCaskill is already there.


10 posted on 07/14/2017 5:44:22 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Je Suis Pepe)
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To: TBP

Dad said he was a Libertarian Party member in the 90s, but he disagreed with some of their platforms — such as open borders and drugs...


11 posted on 07/14/2017 7:07:38 PM PDT by ConservaTeen (Islam is Not the Religion of Peace, but The religion of Pedophilia...)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; TBP; Impy; AuH2ORepublican
>> now is running for Senator "to help people like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee <<

Funny, I haven't see any Cruz or Lee supporters on his campaign team. On the other hand, I talked to the former "youth outreach coordinator" for uber RINO Mark Kirk's campaign (who proudly marched in the gay pride parade for him) and she is THRILLED about having more "progressive" Republicans like Austin Petersen, and has been bubbling about an upcoming rally for him.

Interesting how that works, doesn't it?

12 posted on 07/14/2017 11:11:39 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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>> I don’t get all the FR hatred for libertarianism <<

Fair enough. And I don't get all the "Bible belivin' evangelical tea parters" who love candidates who promote gay marriage, abortion, and wiping Israel off the map.

13 posted on 07/14/2017 11:13:44 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy

libertariansforlife.org

http://www.libertariansforlife.org/

Hope this helps.


14 posted on 07/14/2017 11:35:36 PM PDT by Concentrate (ex-texan was right. And Always Right was wrong, which is why we lost the election. ( Pizzagate, Podt)
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To: Notforprophet

bttt.


15 posted on 07/14/2017 11:48:10 PM PDT by Concentrate (ex-texan was right. And Always Right was wrong, which is why we lost the election. ( Pizzagate, Podt)
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Austin Petersen says he's "PERSONALLY" pro-life and thinks its murder, but that he doesn't have any consitutional authority to vote to restrict it, so he will instead allow abortion on demand.

I will be happy to return the favor to him.

I am "PERSONALLY" a big fan of his and believe he will make a great Senator. But I have no constitutional authority to vote for him, so I will instead be helping to elect another Republican.

Being a good "constitutionalist" who believes in "liberty", I'm sure he will understand my "personal" support.

16 posted on 07/15/2017 12:03:37 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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“I’m personally...”, the ultimate in political weaselry. That was the old Democrat stance when they used to try to appeal to pro-life voters, “I’m personally...”

Confront jackasses like this Peterson with replies like this, “I’m personally in favor of infanticide, but I wouldn’t dare impose my militant pro-abort views on the electorate and would have to vote pro-life.”


17 posted on 07/15/2017 1:20:03 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Je Suis Pepe)
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>> Confront jackasses like this Peterson with replies like this <<

Like I said, I will be happy to tell Austin Petersen that I "personally" support his candidacy but since I cannot impose my views on others, I will instead help to elect a different Republican.

18 posted on 07/15/2017 1:36:22 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy

Peterson should be running against McCaskill, in the Democrat primary. He’s probably to her left.


19 posted on 07/15/2017 1:43:54 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Je Suis Pepe)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

http://libertariansforlife.org

Check this out! You might like it.


20 posted on 07/15/2017 2:52:35 AM PDT by Concentrate (ex-texan was right. And Always Right was wrong, which is why we lost the election. ( Pizzagate, Podt)
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