Austin Petersen: 'I'm the only Republican that can beat Claire McCaskill"

Written by Ty Albright |



“If the election were held today, I would beat Claire McCaskill by 16 points overall.”

Missouri US Senate candidate Austin Petersen stopped by Rayzor’s Edge Tactical in Joplin Monday afternoon to talk about his campaign and the upcoming August 7th primary election.

Petersen, who is from Peculiar, is also a Missouri State graduate and says he is the only Republican candidate that can dethrone incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. “My chief competitor Josh Hawley is either within the margin of error or he’s losing to her in major polls, so if you don’t want to take a risk that McCaskill will win again, I think I’m our best bet.”

“I’m better than Claire McCaskill on criminal justice reform. Claire McCaskill only came out in favor of medical marijuana when it became popular last year. I’ve been in favor of it for years and I want to even go farther. I think that the federal government has no proper constitutional authority to wage a war on drugs which is a war on our own people. I think it harms our minority communities. I think that mandatory minimum sentencing is one of the reasons why so many people in minority communities don’t have respect for law enforcement.”

Petersen said this when asked about his pro-second amendment views. “To me, the Second Amendment is the last bulwark against tyranny and one thing that is really important people understand is we actually don’t get our right to bear arms from the Constitution. Our rights are intrinsic they are innate. We hold these truths to be self-evident. These rights are granted to us from our creator. The Constitution just outlines our rights but we the people are supposed to be the last defense of these rights.”

“The Attorney General Josh Hawley’s position on guns is technically to the left of the Obama administration because Obama did not believe that the executive branch could write that kind of a regulation and needed to come from the legislature if it came at all.”



This article was published on July 23, 2018 on KRZG and was written by Ty Albright