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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
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 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
"I
"I'm a very different kind of Republican." Austin Petersen on Dana Loesch Show
Published: 2017/07/25
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
Austin Petersen Fox Business Libertarian Debate Highlights
Austin Petersen Fox Business Libertarian Debate Highlights
Published: 2016/04/10
Channel: LibertySource
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
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 Interview On Campaign for Senator of Missouri.
Austin Petersen Interview On Campaign for Senator of Missouri.
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: Major League Libertarians
Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen's Announcement Speech for the US Senate (made with Podbean)
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: Austin Petersen
551: Austin Petersen Talks CPAC and Trumps Speech
551: Austin Petersen Talks CPAC and Trumps Speech
Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: The Jason Stapleton Program
Austin Petersen Opens Up About Libertarian Fascists
Austin Petersen Opens Up About Libertarian Fascists
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: Reich-Wing Watch
Libertarianism Vs. Socialism with Austin Petersen
Libertarianism Vs. Socialism with Austin Petersen
Published: 2012/08/03
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen for Senate
Austin Petersen for Senate
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: Nick Carroll
8/17/17 Austin Petersen for Senate ~ AURA Building ~ ONI 80w
8/17/17 Austin Petersen for Senate ~ AURA Building ~ ONI 80w
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: GrimmGreen
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
E9: Austin Petersen Talks Liberty, Politics and his Missouri Senate Run
E9: Austin Petersen Talks Liberty, Politics and his Missouri Senate Run
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: The American Remnant with David Abroms
Little Austin Petersen Exposed
Little Austin Petersen Exposed
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: Count MaxwellVonDickstein
"I
"I'm running because I believe in liberty!" -Austin Petersen
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen booed for having a moral compass
Austin Petersen booed for having a moral compass
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: CringeChannel93
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
#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
2018 Candidate Endorsement: Austin Petersen for U.S. Senate in Missouri
2018 Candidate Endorsement: Austin Petersen for U.S. Senate in Missouri
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: The Conservatarian Post
Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen's On-Stage Meltdown, Penn: "Let Gary Johnson Answer!"
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: Politics100 2016
7 Ways Liberals Are Helping Trump Get Reelected
7 Ways Liberals Are Helping Trump Get Reelected
Published: 2017/05/31
Channel: Austin Petersen
"Not Since Calvin Coolidge Have I Heard One Politician Sounding Like Him... Until Now"
"Not Since Calvin Coolidge Have I Heard One Politician Sounding Like Him... Until Now"
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen: Christianity & Libertarianism (Full Episode!)
Austin Petersen: Christianity & Libertarianism (Full Episode!)
Published: 2016/09/05
Channel: Apologia Studios
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
Which Of These 11 Types Of Libertarian Are You?
Which Of These 11 Types Of Libertarian Are You?
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: Austin Petersen
Bernie Sanders’ Weird Religious Test
Bernie Sanders’ Weird Religious Test
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: Austin Petersen
"Anybody (Austin Petersen) trained by (Judge Napolitano)... would be a fabulous US Senator"
"Anybody (Austin Petersen) trained by (Judge Napolitano)... would be a fabulous US Senator"
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Austin Petersen
Toon n
Toon n' Vlog (Feat. Austin Petersen)
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: FreedomToons
Austin Petersen Borrowing From Christianity?
Austin Petersen Borrowing From Christianity?
Published: 2016/09/03
Channel: Apologia Studios
Austin Petersen Joins Jason Stapleton In the Studio: Full Interview
Austin Petersen Joins Jason Stapleton In the Studio: Full Interview
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: The Jason Stapleton Program
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 Addresses St. Louis Constituents
Austin Petersen Addresses St. Louis Constituents
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: Luke Henderson
Woods/Petersen Clash on Minarchism, Anarchism, and More
Woods/Petersen Clash on Minarchism, Anarchism, and More
Published: 2015/06/01
Channel: TomWoodsTV
Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen's "5 Reasons Why I'm Not An Anarchist" REBUTTED!
Published: 2016/03/24
Channel: Shane Killian
Austin Petersen goes on the Jason Stapleton Show
Austin Petersen goes on the Jason Stapleton Show
Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: LagPolitics
Should a Jewish Baker Be Forced to Bake a Nazi Cake?
Should a Jewish Baker Be Forced to Bake a Nazi Cake?
Published: 2016/04/28
Channel: Petersen for President 2016
Ask Me Anything! Austin Petersen Takes Your Questions LIVE! 1/12/16
Ask Me Anything! Austin Petersen Takes Your Questions LIVE! 1/12/16
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: Austin Petersen
Does Alex Jones Really Believe What He Says?
Does Alex Jones Really Believe What He Says?
Published: 2017/04/17
Channel: Austin Petersen
Why Austin Petersen Should Be President
Why Austin Petersen Should Be President
Published: 2016/05/18
Channel: Liberty Outlet
Why are Democrats Terrified of Libertarians?
Why are Democrats Terrified of Libertarians?
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: Austin Petersen
"It
"It's time to bring liberty back to Washington" Austin Petersen on Jamie Allman Show 7/19/17
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: Austin Petersen
Libertarians & The Military ft. Larry Sharpe
Libertarians & The Military ft. Larry Sharpe
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: Austin Petersen
Fmr LP Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen
Fmr LP Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen's Concession Speech
Published: 2016/09/27
Channel: Austin Petersen
The Trouble with Tomi Lahren [AUDIO]
The Trouble with Tomi Lahren [AUDIO]
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Austin Petersen
What Do Progressives Love More Than Science? Power!
What Do Progressives Love More Than Science? Power!
Published: 2017/05/08
Channel: Austin Petersen
#72 UMASS AND TRIGGLYPUFF! Austin Petersen, Dean Cain, and Andrew Klavan | Louder With Crowder
#72 UMASS AND TRIGGLYPUFF! Austin Petersen, Dean Cain, and Andrew Klavan | Louder With Crowder
Published: 2016/05/02
Channel: StevenCrowder
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Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen at 2016 FreedomFest cropped.jpg
Petersen at FreedomFest, July 2016
Personal details
Born Austin Wade Petersen
(1981-02-19) February 19, 1981 (age 36)
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican (after 2017)
Other political
affiliations
Libertarian (until 2017)
Residence Kansas City, Missouri
Alma mater Missouri State University
Occupation

CEO of Stonegait LLC

Founder and Publisher of The Libertarian Republic
Known for Former 2016 Libertarian Party presidential candidate; 2018 Missouri Senate candidate.
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 is running under the Republican Party in the 2018 Missouri Senate race.[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 libertarian advocacy group FreedomWorks.[2][3] Petersen has also been a guest on the RT program The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann.[4]

Political positions[edit]

Petersen has voiced and published his rejection of the non-aggression principle.[5][6][7][8] During his presidential campaign, he affirmed a pro-life stance, as well as an opposition to the War on Drugs.[9] He is a non-interventionist on most matters of foreign policy and applies a free-market capitalist approach to economics. In the past, Petersen has stated that he is for an Ellis Island styled immigration protocol (while being against the welfare state).[10] He is a strong advocate of the Second Amendment and the right to freedom of association.

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][11][12] Writing in the Los Angeles Times, he was described by Reason editor Matt Welch as "an eager libertarian dudebro on the make".[13]

Petersen called himself the "Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama" of the Libertarian Party due to his grassroots fundraising strategy.[9][14] After Ted Cruz terminated his campaign for the Republican Party's nomination for president, Petersen received the backing of Mary Matalin and Erick Erickson.[15][16] 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.[17] 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.[18][19][20]

Current activities[edit]

As of 2016, 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.[15][21][22]

2018 Senate campaign[edit]

In late June 2017, Petersen filed an exploratory committee to consider a run for the 2018 U.S. Senate election in Missouri.[23] On July 4, 2017, Petersen announced his bid to run as a Republican in the 2018 Missouri Senate race.[24]

Personal life[edit]

On social media and in interviews, Petersen has described himself as an agnostic and an atheist.[32][33][34] 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."[35]

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. ^ "The Austin Petersen NAP Debate Is A Dream, And It Will All Be Over Soon". December 31, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Austin Petersen's Case Against Libertarianism - Matthew Reece - Liberty.me". May 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ "6 Reasons Why the Non Aggression Principle is Stupid - The Libertarian Republic". September 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ Cook, Joshua (March 8, 2016). "Exclusive: LP Candidate Austin Petersen Responds to Colorado Debate Exclusion". 
  9. ^ a b Watkins, Eli (June 22, 2016). "What is Libertarianism?". CNN. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Libertarian Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen Redeems Himself on the 'Glenn Beck Program'". PJ Media. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  11. ^ Zeoli, Rich. "The Libertarian Candidate For President Wants Voters To Join A 'Generational Movement'". KYW-TV. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ Rogers, Brooke (May 19, 2016). "Can Austin Petersen Unite Disenfranchsied Republicans?". National Review. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ Welch, Matt. "Op-Ed Meet the libertarians — the #NeverTrump movement's last hope". Los Angeles Times. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ a b 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. 
  16. ^ Doherty, Brian (May 25, 2016). "Austin Petersen Catches More Endorsements from the Media Right for His Presidential Campaign". Reason.com. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ Libertarian Party National Convention (Live Video). Orlando, Florida: C-SPAN. May 29, 2016. Event occurs at 03:12:00. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 
  18. ^ Chakraborty, Barnini. "Libertarian nominee accepts rival's gift of Washington replica pistol – then trashes it". Fox News. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ Weigel, David (August 7, 2016). "Is Libertarian Gary Johnson a factor in Clinton-Trump matchup?". Washington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  21. ^ Harper, Jennifer (March 31, 2016). "Libertarian hopefuls spar over Nazi-themed wedding cake on Fox Business Network presidential forum". Washington Times. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  22. ^ Libit, Daniel (April 14, 2016). "Where are all the Ron 'Paulite' libertarians in 2016?". CNBC. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  23. ^ Bentley, Robert (June 29, 2017). "Austin Petersen Forms Exploratory Committee For U.S. Senate". The Libertarian Vindicator. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ "Former Congressman Bob Barr Endorses Austin Petersen". Austin Petersen for US Senate. July 11, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Sen. Eric Brakey on Twitter". Twitter. July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Ron Coleman on Twitter". Twitter. July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  28. ^ "B. Wayne Hughes Jr. on Twitter". Twitter. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Mark Pellegrino Endorses Austin Petersen for Senate". Austin Petersen for US Senate. July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  30. ^ "PROUD TO SUPPORT AUSTIN PETERSEN FOR SENATE". Capitalism.com. July 27, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Dave Rubin on Twitter". Twitter. July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  32. ^ Doherty, Brian (May 11, 2016). "Austin Petersen, the Conservative's Libertarian Presidential Candidate?". Reason. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Austin Petersen via The Libertarian Republic". Facebook. September 9, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  34. ^ 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. 
  35. ^ Austin Petersen in studio on the Glenn Beck Show. YouTube. 2016. Event occurs at 24:16. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 

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