U.S. Senate | Libertarian primary, Augustus Invictus v. Paul Stanton

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U.S. Senate | Libertarian primary

For the first time, a minor party will have a statewide primary for U.S. Senate. Augustus Invictus and Paul Stanton are vying to be on the Nov. 8 general ballot as the Libertarian Party nominee. Only registered Libertarian Party voters are eligible to vote. There are about 24,000 such voters in Florida.

About the job: A U.S. senator represents the state of Florida for a six-year term at a salary of $174,000 a year.

Augustus Invictus

Profession: 

Attorney

About the candidate: 

Invictus, 33, is a criminal defense lawyer. He supports a violent revolution in America "in the spirit of 1776," in response to what he calls oppression by the U.S. government, especially the war on drugs, which he says has needlessly ruined the lives of many Americans.

Education: 

University of South Florida, bachelor's degree, philosophy; DePaul University, doctor of law degree

Why are you a Libertarian and what does it mean to be a Libertarian? 

"The strands of Libertarianism are many and diverse. I am of the classical liberal strand, which seeks the restoration of the system of government created by the Founding Fathers. Our movement believes in the separation of powers, checks and balances and all the other things we learned about in grade school that politicians have forgotten."

What changes would you support in America's gun laws? 

"I would seek the restoration of the Second Amendment. The point of the Second Amendment is that the citizenry be able to defend itself against the government, which, I would point out, is exceedingly well-armed."

What changes would you support in response to the threats posed by global terrorism? 

"Policy is more important than law in this regard. The implementation of a non-interventionist foreign policy would be a good start. Declining to topple governments without reason and refusing unconditional support to Israel in a contentious region would be a great help. A moratorium on immigration from countries known for terrorism seems pretty common sense. In short, I would propose that the federal government begin acting in the interest of the American people and not in the interest of the financial interests controlling our politicians."

Assets/liabilities/net income: 

Liabilities: Educational loans Income: $5,000 +

Personal: 

Divorced, lives in Orlando

Campaign fundraising: 

Contributions: $2,760 Expenditures: $2,363

On the web: 

[email protected]

Paul Stanton

Profession: 

Software development and data analytics

About the candidate: 

Stanton, 31, works in the telecommunications software industry. He is a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq war who left college in Indiana to join the workforce. He calls himself a peace candidate and opposes the use of force or coercion against American citizens.

Education: 

Northrop High School, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Why are you a Libertarian and what does it mean to be a Libertarian? 

"As a veteran of the war in Iraq, I am a Libertarian by extension of my anti-war/pro-peace views. We oppose the initiation of force and coercion, both by individuals. We support the empowerment of the individual to take control of his own life and pursue her own destiny. It could also be said that our policies are very fiscally responsible and socially tolerant. We are the party of peace. We are the party of principle."

What changes would you support in America's gun laws? 

"Self defense is a fundamental human right. Bearing arms is a constitutionally protected right. I would support ending the life-long restrictions of gun rights for non-violent offenders. I would also support efforts to expand the right to carry at the federal level. We must reject any effort to restrict gun rights based on secret lists without due process. We must also reject any effort to restrict rifles based on appearance, such as in the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994."

What changes would you support in response to the threats posed by global terrorism? 

"We need to stop giving militants guns, weapons, money, and military training. We must stop supporting opposing factions as we have done in Syria. We must stop air strikes against hospitals, as we did last year to Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan. We must stop ordering drone strikes that kill children, such as 16-year-old American child Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki. Lastly, we need to re-allocate law enforcement resources from non-violent crimes to violent crimes, such as terrorism."

Assets/liabilities/net income: 

Assets: Unavailable. Liabilities: Unavailable. Income: $80,133, salary, Frontier Communications

Personal: 

Single, lives in DeLand

Campaign fundraising: 

Contributions: $14,102 Expenditures: $11,229

On the web: 

stanton2016.com

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