Local Libertarians Distrustful of Romney

Top Bay Area Libertarians are skeptical about Romney’s record and 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 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 US 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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Cheri Hahne August 03, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Might as well vote for Romney (who would NEVER put Paul on his ticket) if you're not voting for Obama -- remember we got George W Bush instead of Al Gore in 2000 because the Independents voted for Nader. While I agree with you ideologically, it's a shame to see Romney elected in a very close election by throwing away your vote --sadly, must be practical.
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
residentwithopinions November 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I'm a libertarian and I voted for Romney. If the independents get to crazy and not vote or vote for Gov Johnson nationwide it could jeapordize swing states and ANYBODY is better than Obama! Romney is good at turning around a failing business and failing country is just what the US is. Obama had his chance, he failed, he hasn't met with his jobs council since July?? He flew to Vegas not only after he watched our citizens get killed in Benghazi but also after his photo op to look presidential in New Jersey after Sandy. His priority is staying in power, he is dangerous. Vote Obama out CA don't be stupid and believe the fake war on women crap. P,ain and simple O has no record to run on, and in his own words should be a term proposition!!


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