“I Will Always Be Libertarian” Says Austin Petersen at St. Louis Event (Video)

img_0016Wednesday night, Austin Petersen hosted a Meet Austin Petersen event in St. Louis in an effort to meet those interested in supporting and learning about his campaign. The former Libertarian presidential candidate tried to talk to every person there and find out what they hoped to see out of his campaign.

Midway through the event, Petersen gave a speech explaining his views on “taking over the government to leave everyone alone” and promised “I will fight to get the gunman out of your business.”

The Republican Senate candidate also explained why he ran for President in 2016 despite his lack of experience. Rand Paul’s dropping out of the Republican primary and the appearance of a lack of interesting candidates in the LP primary were a main cause for his campaign.

The highlight of his speech can be summed up with one quote: “I will always be libertarian no matter the letter after my name and I will not run from that,” demonstrating that he will be a candidate of principle and upholding his beliefs.

Austin’s campaign needs to raise $1.5 million to be competitive and have a decent shot at getting the nomination. The campaign has already raised $100,000 since his announcement and Austin claims he will sing “1 million and a half live stream karaokes” to raise money “because freedom is worth fighting for.”

You can support Austin Petersen’s fight for freedom by donating to his campaign here.

Full speech can be found below:


Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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