Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Austin Petersen attracting conservative support

Austin Petersen, the Conservative's Libertarian Presidential Candidate? - Hit & Run : - Brian Doherty:

May 11, 2016 - "Austin Petersen is a 35-year-old founder of the libertarian movement news and commentary site Libertarian Republic and a former staffer on Judge Andrew Napolitano's old Fox Business Network show Freedom Watch. Petersen is also one of the ... people seeking the L.P.'s presidential nomination, which will be decided over Memorial Day weekend at the Party's national convention in Orlando....

"Within the larger parameters of a Party that doesn't get all that much press attention from left, right, or center, Petersen has lately been showing up more and more on right-wing radio where he insists he's close to bagging their full support (including Dana Loesch, Steven Crowder, and Steve Deace, and he's scheduled on Glenn Beck's radio show on May 20) and getting other bits of public sweet conservative love.

"Some cases in point:
  • Leon Wolf, managing editor of the right-wing website Red State said on CNN (after painting Trump as too crazy to vote for) that 'Gary Johnson is a guy I would look at, he would not be my preference" but that Austin Petersen's 'more my speed' (specifically because of abortion). Wolf did a video interview with Petersen at Red State. 
  • A diarist at the Red State site looked at the Stossel debate and found Petersen the best debater, especially compared to Johnson, and generally a knowledgeable fresh young face for the Party. 
  • The RandPaulTv site (a media aggregator site about things of interest to Rand Paul fans, not affiliated with him directly) thinks hard and decides Petersen is the L.P. guy best able to pick up Ted Cruz fans. Former Cruz man and right-wing blogger Todd Hagopian agrees. 
  • Michael van der Galien at Pajamas Media (another former Cruz man) says that the L.P. 'Can Have a Great Year, But Only if Gary Johnson disappears.' He identifies Petersen as 'basically a conservatarian who sees eye to eye with Ted Cruz on a great many issues. He is passionately pro-life, believes bakers have the right to choose what cakes they bake, and is a fervent supporter of the Second Amendment'.... 
  • The Liberty Conservative website analyzes Petersen's positions and declares him 'leader of #nevertrump movement."  Similar praise and/or endorsements from right-wing sites can be found on and DailyWhig."
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