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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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Russell Rickman August 05, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Less tax & less goverment is not the answer. We (USA) would go into a hole that we could never get out of in any of our life times. Only a few of us could support ourselves. If you think prices,would drop dream on. Rules and regulated costs keep us in the ballpark.
Claudio August 06, 2012 at 07:29 AM
the funny thing about voting your view vs voting for America is that your views ultimately don't matter. This is a two horse race and if you actually hold to this libertarian ideology you might as well stay home on election day since a protest vote is a vote for the incumbent. Romney Care is a state program. Romney is pro state government not pro federal government. So get a clue and vote your views in state issues since national issues are Democrat (pro federal) or Republican (pro state). Get over yourself and do what is best for the country.
Cathy P. August 06, 2012 at 02:13 PM
"Smaller, simpler government..." ---------------------------------------------------------------- Sorry Mr. Romney, that horse left the barn YEARS ago.
Frank Mockery August 06, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Liberarian Presidential candidate & former Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is an avid supporter of marijuana legalization !!! People react differently to marijuana as it makes those who use it very happy & those who don't very angry !!! Encourage your friends & neighbors to try marijuana & Watsonville will be a much happier place to live !!! Vote for Gary Johnson !!!
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 07:26 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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