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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
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
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 on “Crazy” Libertarian Ideas (Pt. 2)
Austin Petersen on “Crazy” Libertarian Ideas (Pt. 2)
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: The Rubin Report
Roger Stone to Donald Trump: Legalize Marijuana
Roger Stone to Donald Trump: Legalize Marijuana
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen goes on Glenn Beck
Austin Petersen goes on Glenn Beck
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: LagPolitics
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
7 Ways Liberals Are Helping Trump Get Reelected
7 Ways Liberals Are Helping Trump Get Reelected
Published: 2017/05/31
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
Austin Petersen goes on the Jason Stapleton Show
Austin Petersen goes on the Jason Stapleton Show
Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: LagPolitics
The Trouble with Tomi Lahren [AUDIO]
The Trouble with Tomi Lahren [AUDIO]
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Austin Petersen
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
Does Alex Jones Really Believe What He Says?
Does Alex Jones Really Believe What He Says?
Published: 2017/04/17
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
Libertarianism Vs. Socialism with Austin Petersen
Libertarianism Vs. Socialism with Austin Petersen
Published: 2012/08/03
Channel: Austin Petersen
Why Austin Petersen Should Be President
Why Austin Petersen Should Be President
Published: 2016/05/18
Channel: Liberty Outlet
Bernie Sanders’ Weird Religious Test
Bernie Sanders’ Weird Religious Test
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: Austin Petersen
Austin Petersen on the Glenn Beck Program
Austin Petersen on the Glenn Beck Program
Published: 2016/05/20
Channel: Liberty Hangout
Dana Loesch & LP Candidate Austin Petersen on ISIS, Abortion, & Liberty
Dana Loesch & LP Candidate Austin Petersen on ISIS, Abortion, & Liberty
Published: 2016/05/05
Channel: Petersen for President 2016
Austin Petersen Opens Up About Libertarian Fascists
Austin Petersen Opens Up About Libertarian Fascists
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: Reich-Wing Watch
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 On-Stage Meltdown, Penn: "Let Gary Johnson Answer!"
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: Politics100 2016
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 Borrowing From Christianity?
Austin Petersen Borrowing From Christianity?
Published: 2016/09/03
Channel: Apologia Studios
The Death of American Liberalism
The Death of American Liberalism
Published: 2017/03/07
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
#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
Trump Proposes Privatizing Air Traffic Control: Pros and Cons
Trump Proposes Privatizing Air Traffic Control: Pros and Cons
Published: 2017/06/05
Channel: Austin Petersen
Meet 2016 Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen
Meet 2016 Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen
Published: 2015/12/01
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
What Do Progressives Love More Than Science? Power!
What Do Progressives Love More Than Science? Power!
Published: 2017/05/08
Channel: Austin Petersen
Bitch Slapping Austin Petersen
Bitch Slapping Austin Petersen
Published: 2015/07/18
Channel: Christopher Cantwell
Austin Petersen: Christianity & Libertarianism (Full Episode!)
Austin Petersen: Christianity & Libertarianism (Full Episode!)
Published: 2016/09/05
Channel: Apologia Studios
"Roads? Where we
"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads" Austin Petersen on RT
Published: 2012/11/28
Channel: Austin Petersen
Why Isn
Why Isn't The Alt-Right Pro-Life?
Published: 2017/03/29
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
#AP4DC? Will Austin Petersen Run for Senate in 2018?
#AP4DC? Will Austin Petersen Run for Senate in 2018?
Published: 2017/01/10
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
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 on immigration
Austin Petersen on immigration
Published: 2016/05/29
Channel: YoungRothbard
Will The Trump Administration Destroy The New Deal? (w/Guest: Austin Petersen)
Will The Trump Administration Destroy The New Deal? (w/Guest: Austin Petersen)
Published: 2016/12/20
Channel: Thom Hartmann Program
CNN talks to Libertarian Party presumptive nominee, Austin Petersen
CNN talks to Libertarian Party presumptive nominee, Austin Petersen
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: Israel Anderson
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
Austin Petersen: Introduction
Austin Petersen: Introduction
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: San Wae
Should we raise cigarette taxes to fund preschools? Austin Petersen debates
Should we raise cigarette taxes to fund preschools? Austin Petersen debates
Published: 2013/04/12
Channel: Austin Petersen
Gary Johnson attacks Austin Petersen and John McAfee Steps In...
Gary Johnson attacks Austin Petersen and John McAfee Steps In...
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: Petersen for President 2016
Dana Loesch to Austin Petersen - "I feel like we just became best friends."
Dana Loesch to Austin Petersen - "I feel like we just became best friends."
Published: 2016/04/21
Channel: Petersen for President 2016
Toon n
Toon n' Vlog (Feat. Austin Petersen)
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: FreedomToons
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Austin Petersen
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Petersen in July 2016
Personal details
Born Austin Wade Petersen
(1981-02-19) February 19, 1981 (age 36)
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Libertarian
Residence Kansas City, Missouri
Alma mater Missouri State University
Occupation CEO of Stonegait LLC; publisher at The Libertarian Republic
Known for Former 2016 Libertarian Party presidential candidate

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, losing to former governor Gary Johnson on a second ballot with 21.8% of the vote.

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.[1][2]

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.[1]

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 of Texas, Ron Paul.[1] 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.[1][2] Petersen has also been a frequent guest on the RT program The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann.[citation needed]

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.[1][3][4] Writing in the Los Angeles Times, he was described by Reason editor Matt Welch as "an eager libertarian dudebro on the make".[5]

Petersen called himself the "Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama" of the Libertarian Party due to his grassroots fundraising strategy.[6][7] After Ted Cruz terminated his campaign for the Republican Party's nomination for president, Petersen received the backing of Mary Matalin and Erick Erickson.[8][9] 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.[10] Petersen congratulated Johnson on the win and gave him a replica of George Washington's pistol. Petersen then refused to endorse Johnson's vice presidential pick William Weld, in response to which Johnson placed the replica into a garbage can. Petersen, thereafter, endorsed Johnson for president.[11][12][13]

Political positions[edit]

Petersen has voiced and published his rejection of the non-aggression principle.[14][15][16][17] During his campaign he affirmed a pro-life stance, as well as an opposition to the War on Drugs.[6] 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 philosophically for open borders (while being against the welfare state).[18] He is a strong advocate of the Second Amendment and the right to freedom of association.

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.[8][19][20] In January 2017, Petersen announced he is considering running for the United States Senate in the 2018 Missouri election, in either the Republican or Libertarian Party.[21] Petersen recently[when?] filed an exploratory committee to run for U.S. Senate in Missouri in 2018.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On social media and in interviews, Petersen has described himself as an atheist,[22][23] and as an agnostic.[24] 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."[25]

Petersen resides in Kansas City, Missouri.[1][2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b c "Petersen at a glance:". austinpetersen2016.com. Petersen for President. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ Zeoli, Rich. "The Libertarian Candidate For President Wants Voters To Join A ‘Generational Movement’". KYW-TV. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Brooke (May 19, 2016). "Can Austin Petersen Unite Disenfranchsied Republicans?". National Review. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ Welch, Matt. "Op-Ed Meet the libertarians — the #NeverTrump movement's last hope". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ a b Watkins, Eli (June 22, 2016). "What is Libertarianism?". CNN. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Doherty, Brian (May 25, 2016). "Austin Petersen Catches More Endorsements from the Media Right for His Presidential Campaign". Reason.com. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  10. ^ Libertarian Party National Convention (Live Video). Orlando, Florida: C-SPAN. May 29, 2016. Event occurs at 03:12:00. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ Chakraborty, Barnini. "Libertarian nominee accepts rival's gift of Washington replica pistol – then trashes it". Fox News. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Weigel, David (August 7, 2016). "Is Libertarian Gary Johnson a factor in Clinton-Trump matchup?". Washington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  14. ^ "The Austin Petersen NAP Debate Is A Dream, And It Will All Be Over Soon". December 31, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Austin Petersen's Case Against Libertarianism - Matthew Reece - Liberty.me". May 24, 2015. 
  16. ^ "6 Reasons Why the Non Aggression Principle is Stupid - The Libertarian Republic". September 29, 2015. 
  17. ^ Cook, Joshua (March 8, 2016). "Exclusive: LP Candidate Austin Petersen Responds to Colorado Debate Exclusion". 
  18. ^ "Libertarian Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen Redeems Himself on the 'Glenn Beck Program'". PJ Media. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ Libit, Daniel (April 14, 2016). "Where are all the Ron 'Paulite' libertarians in 2016?". CNBC. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Petersen for Senate 2018: Only Principles Matter". The Libertarian Republic. January 12, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  22. ^ Doherty, Brian (May 11, 2016). "Austin Petersen, the Conservative's Libertarian Presidential Candidate?". Reason. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Austin Petersen via The Libertarian Republic". Facebook. September 9, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ Austin Petersen in studio on the Glenn Beck Show. YouTube. 2016. Event occurs at 24:16. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 

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