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Austin Petersen and Dave Rubin: Libertarians, Taxation, Drugs, Guns, and Abortion  (Full Interview)
Austin Petersen and Dave Rubin: Libertarians, Taxation, Drugs, Guns, and Abortion (Full Interview)
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: The Rubin Report
LIVE: Ben Shapiro with Austin Petersen Exclusive
LIVE: Ben Shapiro with Austin Petersen Exclusive
Published: 2017/09/06
Channel: The Daily Wire
Austin Petersen: 7 Types of Libertarianism You Should Know!
Austin Petersen: 7 Types of Libertarianism You Should Know!
Published: 2017/10/26
Channel: PhilosophyInsights
638: Austin Petersen Talks Trump, Foreign Policy and His Run for Senate
638: Austin Petersen Talks Trump, Foreign Policy and His Run for Senate
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: The Jason Stapleton Program
Austin Petersen Fox Business Libertarian Debate Highlights
Austin Petersen Fox Business Libertarian Debate Highlights
Published: 2016/04/10
Channel: LibertySource
Why Austin Petersen Should Be President
Why Austin Petersen Should Be President
Published: 2016/05/18
Channel: Liberty Outlet
Why Is Austin Petersen the guy to Beat Claire McCaskill?
Why Is Austin Petersen the guy to Beat Claire McCaskill?
Published: 2018/02/11
Channel: Austin Petersen
Ben Shapiro on Austin Petersen and a Libertarian/Conservative Alliance
Ben Shapiro on Austin Petersen and a Libertarian/Conservative Alliance
Published: 2017/10/19
Channel: Austin Petersen
Libertarianism Vs. Socialism with Austin Petersen
Libertarianism Vs. Socialism with Austin Petersen
Published: 2012/08/03
Channel: Austin Petersen
BATTLEGROUND Missouri Senate Race 2018 - Austin Petersen on Guns
BATTLEGROUND Missouri Senate Race 2018 - Austin Petersen on Guns
Published: 2018/01/07
Channel: Austin Petersen
Why is Austin Petersen best for Missouri?
Why is Austin Petersen best for Missouri?
Published: 2017/11/13
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen on immigration
Austin Petersen on immigration
Published: 2016/05/29
Channel: YoungRothbard
Austin Petersen on Taxation, Marijuana, Guns, Abortion, and 2020 (Pt. 3)
Austin Petersen on Taxation, Marijuana, Guns, Abortion, and 2020 (Pt. 3)
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: The Rubin Report
US Senate Candidate Austin Petersen on Infowars
US Senate Candidate Austin Petersen on Infowars
Published: 2017/09/09
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen on Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party (Pt. 1)
Austin Petersen on Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party (Pt. 1)
Published: 2017/04/19
Channel: The Rubin Report
Weekend Report Last Jedi Review with Austin Petersen
Weekend Report Last Jedi Review with Austin Petersen
Published: 2018/01/15
Channel: FM NewsTalk 97.1 - Fox News Radio - St. Louis, MO
Austin Petersen on “Crazy” Libertarian Ideas (Pt. 2)
Austin Petersen on “Crazy” Libertarian Ideas (Pt. 2)
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: The Rubin Report
Austin Petersen US  Senate Republican candidate talks Trump, Marijuana, and Josh Hawley
Austin Petersen US Senate Republican candidate talks Trump, Marijuana, and Josh Hawley
Published: 2018/02/09
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen: Christianity & Libertarianism (Full Episode!)
Austin Petersen: Christianity & Libertarianism (Full Episode!)
Published: 2016/09/05
Channel: Apologia Studios
"I
"I'm a very different kind of Republican." Austin Petersen on Dana Loesch Show
Published: 2017/07/25
Channel: Austin Petersen
Is Climate Change going to kill us all? - Austin Petersen Debates
Is Climate Change going to kill us all? - Austin Petersen Debates
Published: 2012/08/08
Channel: Austin Petersen
Republicanism Vs. Anarchism Debate - Austin Petersen & Adam Kokesh
Republicanism Vs. Anarchism Debate - Austin Petersen & Adam Kokesh
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: Austin Petersen
Sparks Fly! Thom Hartmann vs. Austin Petersen...Ending Billionaire-ism?
Sparks Fly! Thom Hartmann vs. Austin Petersen...Ending Billionaire-ism?
Published: 2013/02/01
Channel: The Big Picture RT
Austin Petersen and Pat Harris Debate: Grassroots Insurgency from the Left and Right
Austin Petersen and Pat Harris Debate: Grassroots Insurgency from the Left and Right
Published: 2017/12/08
Channel: Young Americans for Liberty
Austin Petersen in studio on the Glenn Beck Show
Austin Petersen in studio on the Glenn Beck Show
Published: 2016/05/25
Channel: Petersen for President 2016
Thom Hartmann Explodes at Libertarian over Life-Saving Healthcare
Thom Hartmann Explodes at Libertarian over Life-Saving Healthcare
Published: 2013/01/25
Channel: The Big Picture RT
Candidate Austin Petersen Says He
Candidate Austin Petersen Says He's the "Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama" of the Libertarian Party
Published: 2016/05/28
Channel: ReasonTV
Austin Petersen booed for having a moral compass
Austin Petersen booed for having a moral compass
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: CringeChannel93
Austin Petersen Opens Up About Libertarian Fascists
Austin Petersen Opens Up About Libertarian Fascists
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: Reich-Wing Watch
"Missouri, go vote for [Austin Petersen]!"  The Blaze​ radio
"Missouri, go vote for [Austin Petersen]!" The Blaze​ radio
Published: 2017/10/30
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen Interview On Campaign for Senator of Missouri.
Austin Petersen Interview On Campaign for Senator of Missouri.
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: Major League Liberty
Gary Johnson and Austin Petersen Debate Religious Liberty
Gary Johnson and Austin Petersen Debate Religious Liberty
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: Conservative Review
Austin Petersen on Criminal Justice Reform at Politicon
Austin Petersen on Criminal Justice Reform at Politicon
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: Austin Petersen
Can Austin Petersen Win in Missouri? 2018 Senate Election
Can Austin Petersen Win in Missouri? 2018 Senate Election
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Joe Schlebodonokovich
Austin Petersen Challenges McConnell
Austin Petersen Challenges McConnell's Missouri Senate Pick
Published: 2017/10/17
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen Getting Local Coverage in Northeast Missouri
Austin Petersen Getting Local Coverage in Northeast Missouri
Published: 2018/02/12
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen in Missouri takes on the DC establishment
Austin Petersen in Missouri takes on the DC establishment
Published: 2017/10/20
Channel: Austin Petersen
Radio Host to Austin Petersen: How Long Have You Lived in Missouri?
Radio Host to Austin Petersen: How Long Have You Lived in Missouri?
Published: 2017/12/18
Channel: Austin Petersen
Trump vs. Hillary 1st Debate: Live Commentary Ft. Austin Petersen
Trump vs. Hillary 1st Debate: Live Commentary Ft. Austin Petersen
Published: 2016/09/27
Channel: Austin Petersen
#74 FACEBOOK Vs. CROWDER! Austin Petersen, Dave Rubin, and a Chinese Lawyer | Louder With Crowder
#74 FACEBOOK Vs. CROWDER! Austin Petersen, Dave Rubin, and a Chinese Lawyer | Louder With Crowder
Published: 2016/05/13
Channel: StevenCrowder
Fmr LP Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen
Fmr LP Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen's Concession Speech
Published: 2016/09/27
Channel: Austin Petersen
Little Austin Petersen Exposed
Little Austin Petersen Exposed
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: Count MaxwellVonDickstein
Who Is Evan McMullin? Ft. Austin Petersen
Who Is Evan McMullin? Ft. Austin Petersen
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: Austin Petersen
Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen on John Stossel
Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen on John Stossel
Published: 2016/02/07
Channel: Petersen for President 2016
Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen's Announcement Speech for the US Senate (made with Podbean)
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: Austin Petersen
Will the Trump/Bannon Feud Enable Ben Shapiro and Austin Petersen
Will the Trump/Bannon Feud Enable Ben Shapiro and Austin Petersen's Libertarian/Conservative Allianc
Published: 2018/01/08
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen defends Religious Liberty on Glenn Beck 12/5/17
Austin Petersen defends Religious Liberty on Glenn Beck 12/5/17
Published: 2017/12/05
Channel: Austin Petersen
Taxes and Spending with Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen
Taxes and Spending with Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Petersen for President 2016
Austin Petersen Speaks at Hillsdale College on why Trump Won
Austin Petersen Speaks at Hillsdale College on why Trump Won
Published: 2016/11/19
Channel: Austin Petersen
WAR ROOM (1st HOUR) Thu - 10/19/17 • Alex Jones Infowars • News & Austin Petersen
WAR ROOM (1st HOUR) Thu - 10/19/17 • Alex Jones Infowars • News & Austin Petersen
Published: 2017/10/19
Channel: Ron Gibson
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Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen (35589539383) (cropped).jpg
Petersen at the Young Americans for Liberty National Convention, July 2017
Personal details
Born Austin Wade Petersen
(1981-02-19) February 19, 1981 (age 37)
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican (2017–present)
Other political
affiliations
Libertarian (before 2017)
Residence Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Alma mater Missouri State University
Occupation Political activist, writer, publisher
Website austinpetersen.com

Austin Wade Petersen (born February 19, 1981) is an American producer, writer, political activist, and commentator. He was the runner-up for the Libertarian Party's nomination for President of the United States in 2016, finishing second place to former governor Gary Johnson with 21% of the vote.

On July 4, 2017, Petersen announced that he would be running as a Republican in the 2018 election for the United States Senate seat from Missouri.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Petersen was raised on a farm in Peculiar, Missouri, the son of Donna and John D. Petersen. He attended Missouri State University, where he graduated with a degree in musical theater.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Petersen's early career included stints as a model and as a product demonstrator at FAO Schwarz; at the latter position, he briefly appeared during a Late Night with Conan O'Brien sketch filmed at the store.[2]

In 2008 Petersen worked for the Libertarian National Committee and the Atlas Network, assisting on the 2008 and 2012 presidential bids of former U.S. Representative from Texas, Ron Paul.[2] He was an associate producer at the Fox Business program Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano, which aired from 2010-2012, and later went to work as director of production at the advocacy group FreedomWorks.[2][3] Petersen has also been a frequent guest on the RT program The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann.[4]

Current activities[edit]

As of 2017, Petersen is the owner and CEO of a photo and video consulting firm called Stonegait LLC and is the founder of The Libertarian Republic and Liberty Viral - both libertarian news and commentary websites.

2016 presidential campaign[edit]

By 2015, Petersen was living in Kansas City, Missouri "behind a midtown QuikTrip" when he announced his candidacy in the 2016 Libertarian Party nominating convention for President of the United States.[2][5][6] Writing in the Los Angeles Times, he was described by Reason editor Matt Welch as "an eager libertarian dudebro on the make".[7]

Petersen called himself the Bernie Sanders of the Libertarian Party due to his grassroots fundraising strategy.[8][9] After Ted Cruz terminated his campaign for the Republican Party's nomination for president, Petersen received the backing of Mary Matalin and Erick Erickson.[10][11] In many polls, he placed in the top three presidential choices for his party, along with opponents John McAfee and Gary Johnson. On May 29, 2016, at the Libertarian National Convention, Petersen lost the nomination to Johnson, getting second place on the second ballot.[12] Petersen congratulated Johnson on the win and gave him a replica of George Washington's pistol. Petersen then immediately began to criticize Johnson for his vice presidential pick William Weld, in response to which Johnson placed the replica into a garbage can. Petersen, thereafter, endorsed Johnson for president.[13][14][15]

2018 Senate campaign[edit]

In late June 2017, Petersen filed an exploratory committee to consider running for the 2018 U.S. Senate election in Missouri.[16] On July 4, 2017, Petersen announced his bid to run as a Republican in the 2018 Missouri Senate race. [17]

Petersen was banned from Facebook during his senate campaign for giving away an AR-15 as a promotion and criticizing his Democratic opponent Claire McCaskill's positions on gun rights. The ban was lifted after Fox News and the New York Post reported that Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg had made max donations to McCaskill's campaign. The raffle drew renewed controversy in February of 2018 when the school shooting in Parkland, Florida caused the Springfield News-Leader to investigate. KMOV of St. Louis scrutinized Petersen over his 2nd Amendment views in light of the shooting.

Petersen also reportedly received the national record for the largest Bitcoin donation in American campaign history. Fox News reported in January of 2018 that Petersen is one of two "potential general election challengers" in the election. In February, Fox News continued to place Petersen in its power rankings in Missouri's senate race.

Political positions[edit]

Petersen has voiced and published his rejection of the non-aggression principle.[34][35][36][37] Petersen describes himself as a minarchist.[38] During his presidential campaign, he maintained that he had a "consistent pro-life ethic," meaning he is both pro-life and anti-death penalty.[6] He opposes the War on Drugs.[8] He is a non-interventionist on most matters of foreign policy and applies a free-market capitalist approach to economics. Petersen advocates for an Ellis Island styled immigration policy with a strict disease check, strict security check, with no quotas. He has expressed he has no fear of open borders, but believes the problems of the welfare state must be tackled first.[39] He is an advocate for the Second Amendment and the right to freedom of association.

Personal life[edit]

On social media and in interviews, Petersen has described himself as an agnostic and an atheist.[40][41][42] He grew up as a Christian, though in a 2016 interview with Glenn Beck, Petersen spoke about how the death of his mother changed his religious views: "When I was a young man my mother died, and she was victimized by a pharmacist who diluted her chemotherapy drugs. I lost my faith and I never went back."[43]

Petersen resides in Kansas City, Missouri.[2][3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Petersen, Austin (July 4, 2017). "Why I'm running as a Republican for U.S. Senate". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Montgomery, Rick (June 20, 2016). "Kansas Citian lost Libertarian Party race, but likely ran campaign of the future". Kansas City Star. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Petersen at a glance:". austinpetersen2016.com. Petersen for President. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Thom Hartmann Explodes at Libertarian over Life-Saving Healthcare". YouTube. January 25, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2017. 
  5. ^ Zeoli, Rich. "The Libertarian Candidate For President Wants Voters To Join A 'Generational Movement'". KYW-TV. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Rogers, Brooke (May 19, 2016). "Can Austin Petersen Unite Disenfranchsied Republicans?". National Review. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ Welch, Matt. "Op-Ed Meet the libertarians — the #NeverTrump movement's last hope". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ a b Watkins, Eli (June 22, 2016). "What is Libertarianism?". CNN. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ Welch, Matt (May 28, 2016). "Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen Says He's the "Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama" of the Libertarian Party". Reason. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ Nelson, Steven (May 4, 2016). "Libertarians Say 'Brave' Ted Cruz Should Endorse Them, Not Trump". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ Doherty, Brian (May 25, 2016). "Austin Petersen Catches More Endorsements from the Media Right for His Presidential Campaign". Reason.com. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  12. ^ Libertarian Party National Convention (Live Video). Orlando, Florida: C-SPAN. May 29, 2016. Event occurs at 03:12:00. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 
  13. ^ Chakraborty, Barnini. "Libertarian nominee accepts rival's gift of Washington replica pistol – then trashes it". Fox News. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 
  14. ^ Chasmar, Jessica (June 2, 2016). "Gary Johnson tossed rival Austin Petersen's gift of George Washington's replica pistol in trash". Washington Times. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  15. ^ Weigel, David (August 7, 2016). "Is Libertarian Gary Johnson a factor in Clinton-Trump matchup?". Washington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  16. ^ Bentley, Robert (June 29, 2017). "Austin Petersen Forms Exploratory Committee For U.S. Senate". The Libertarian Vindicator. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  17. ^ Gillespie, Nick; Keyser, Ian (July 4, 2017). "Exclusive: Libertarian Activist Austin Peterson Is Running for U.S. Senate...as a Republican! [Reason Podcast]". Reason. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Former Congressman Bob Barr Endorses Austin Petersen". Austin Petersen for US Senate. July 11, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Joe Walsh on Twitter". Twitter. September 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Sen. Eric Brakey on Twitter". Twitter. July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Ron Coleman on Twitter". Twitter. July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  22. ^ "B. Wayne Hughes Jr. on Twitter". Twitter. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Dana Loesch on Twitter". Twitter. July 5, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  24. ^ "PROUD TO SUPPORT AUSTIN PETERSEN FOR SENATE". Capitalism.com. July 27, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Mark Pellegrino Endorses Austin Petersen for Senate". Austin Petersen for US Senate. July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Dave Rubin Endorses Austin". Austin Petersen for US Senate. July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Ben Shapiro on Twitter". Twitter. August 29, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  28. ^ "LIVE: Ben Shapiro with Austin Petersen Exclusive". YouTube. September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Tom Woods on Twitter". Twitter. July 6, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Kurt Schlichter on Twitter". Twitter. September 2, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Gary Nolan on Radio". Youtube. January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2018. 
  32. ^ "Republican Liberty Caucus Endorses Austin Petersen for US Senate in Missouri". RLC.org. Retrieved January 30, 2018. 
  33. ^ >"Building St. Louis on Twitter". Twitter. September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2017. 
  34. ^ "The Austin Petersen NAP Debate Is A Dream, And It Will All Be Over Soon". December 31, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Austin Petersen's Case Against Libertarianism - Matthew Reece - Liberty.me". May 24, 2015. 
  36. ^ "6 Reasons Why the Non Aggression Principle is Stupid - The Libertarian Republic". September 29, 2015. 
  37. ^ Cook, Joshua (March 8, 2016). "Exclusive: LP Candidate Austin Petersen Responds to Colorado Debate Exclusion". 
  38. ^ "Which Of These 11 Types Of Libertarian Are You?". Apr 25, 2017. 
  39. ^ "Libertarian Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen Redeems Himself on the 'Glenn Beck Program'". PJ Media. May 25, 2016. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 
  40. ^ Doherty, Brian (May 11, 2016). "Austin Petersen, the Conservative's Libertarian Presidential Candidate?". Reason. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  41. ^ "Austin Petersen via The Libertarian Republic". Facebook. September 9, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  42. ^ Petersen, Austin (May 8, 2016). "Sure. It's a distinction, but the intellectually honest answer is agnostic. Technically everyone is an atheist in some way". Twitter. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  43. ^ Austin Petersen in studio on the Glenn Beck Show. YouTube. 2016. Event occurs at 24:16. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 

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