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Libertarians try to beat two-party system

Posted October 27, 2008
Updated October 28, 2008

— Dozens of candidates are running in North Carolina elections next week under the Libertarian Party banner, but few voters know much about them.

"What we look like is we're very liberal on social issues (and) we're very conservative on economic issues," said Mike Munger, the Libertarian candidate for governor. "When people think Libertarians, they think there's a long list of things (we're) against. We're actually for things. We're for the American dream."

Munger, who served on the Federal Trade Commission under President Ronald Reagan, is chairman of Duke University's Political Science Department. He said Libertarians focus on the spending side of the tax equation to make sure it's done efficiently.

"Cut taxes? That's not something I would do – absolutely not," he said. "What I want to do is look at what things should government do and make sure they're funded, and that requires taxes."

Munger said he believes government should stay out of family decisions. He supports a moratorium on capital punishment, an end to state and local incentives to businesses – he calls it corporate welfare – improved access to health care and using more charter schools and vouchers for the 40 poorest counties to create a better public education system.

Christopher Cole, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, is a contract postal worker who says he's more like taxpayers than are the lawmakers in Washington, D.C. He said he supports ending the war in Iraq, abolishing the personal income tax and using the free market to achieve health care reform.

Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, a former congressman from Georgia, is scheduled to speak at Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Tuesday night.

About 3,000 people in North Carolina are enrolled Libertarians, but Munger said he believes many more people support the party's philosophy.

"I actually do believe, if all the people who said, 'What you say makes a lot of sense, but I don't want to waste my vote,' if they would just vote their hearts instead of their fears, I would have a chance to win," he said.

Munger has already announced his intention to run for governor in 2012.


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  • onedayatatime Oct 28, 2008

    I was really debating staying home and not voting at all. But instead of truely "wasting" my vote (that I spent 6 years in the Army fighting for), I think I may vote for Libertarians as everything I have heard from them seems to mesh better with my opinions and views that the other two parties. I know it's a long shot but I'd rather that then "throwing away" my vote on someone that I don't believe in or believe will do what they say they will on the campaign trail once they are in office.

  • EdTeach Oct 28, 2008

    He's one of the very few people on the ticket that won't make me wince as I cast a vote for him... and no, I won't consider it a wasted vote.

  • lark11112 Oct 28, 2008

    a vote is NEVER wasted. it is your vote, and you are free to choose.

  • batcave Oct 28, 2008

    any other vote is wasted.

    Unless an election is decided by one vote then all votes could conceivably be considered wasted. Voting for candidates you consider useless is also a wasted vote. Obama is a great product of slick marketing and that's about all he is.

  • ThisIsMyName Oct 28, 2008

    Voting Libertarian this time would at least be MUCH better than voting Republican.

  • winonedog Oct 28, 2008

    it's the CFR. google CFR. youtube CFR. Council on Foreign Relations.

  • neutral observer Oct 28, 2008

    A vote for a libertarin is a vote for Obama. It will either be Obama or Mccain, any other vote is wasted.

  • Kelondris Oct 28, 2008

    I already voted and I voted for Libertarians!! Maybe we won't win this election, but if we keep it up eventually it will make a difference. Libertarians are what our forefathers had in mind when they started the gov't, not what it has become.

  • lakewoodmail Oct 28, 2008

    Buck the system! Vote BOB CRUMLEY for Attorney General!

  • Darren Oct 28, 2008

    JustAName, what exactly do Libertarians say that sounds so "wacky?"