Local Libertarians Wary of Romney

Top Bay Area Libertarians are skeptical about Romney’s record and say they have little faith in him as a voice for small government.


“Smaller, simpler government” is a hallmark of Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign - yet for Bay Area Libertarians, these words stand in contrast to Mitt Romney’s record.

“The father of Romneycare will not abolish Obamacare,” said Mark Hinkle, a former chairman of the Libertarian Party and a candidate for California State Senate in 2010.

Hinkle says that a vast majority of California Libertarians will likely vote for former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, rather than Mitt Romney, especially if Romney does not put Congressman Ron Paul on the ticket.

According to Carla Howell, executive director of the Libertarian Party and an opponent of Mitt Romney in the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial election, supporters of Ron Paul have no reason to support the Romney campaign.

“Mitt Romney raised taxes, raised spending, championed and initiated Romneycare, and signed into law the New England cap and trade. He is big government to the core,” said Howell.

“Mitt Romney is the opposite of Ron Paul and Gary Johnson,” Howell added.

Mountain View Vice Mayor John Inks, also an active Libertarian, echoed that view.

“I see the Republicans and Democrats as both being the 'war and tax' parties,” said Inks, who is running for re-election this year.

For now, it seems unlikely that Ron Paul will either be selected as Mitt Romney’s Vice-Presidential choice or mount a third-party challenge, due to his desire to support the career of his son, Rand Paul, who is currently a U.S. Senator from Kentucky.

“Ron Paul wants to leave a legacy to his son. Running as a third party would throw a monkey-wrench into that machine,” said Hinkle.


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Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 07:27 AM
On the ballot for the Presidency, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green). Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1


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