Rare: Former Libertarian presidential candidate Austin Petersen joins the Republican Party to run for U.S. Senate

In a move anticipated by some libertarian-leaning Republicans, former Libertarian Party presidential candidate Austin Petersen announced his intentions to run for U.S. Senate as a member of the GOP in the state of Missouri on Tuesday.

Petersen is well-known for his critiques of all sides of the political spectrum, including his refusal to endorse Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate Bill Weld in 2016, whose some in that party thought did not represent its platform adequately.

Reason’s Nick Gillespie notes that Petersen’s Republican platform is identical to his Libertarian one. “He is staunchly anti-war and is calling for an audit of the Pentagon; favors school choice, drug legalization, and gay marriage; wants to simplify and reduce taxes while cutting overall spending; pushes criminal justice reform, an end to regulations large and small,” Gillespie writes. “He remains opposed to abortion, which is a minority position among libertarians, but calls for strong religious liberty and a total repeal of Obamacare/Trumpcare.”

In the past, Petersen has attracted the attention of many prominent conservatives, such as Dana Loesch, Glenn Beck, Mary Matalin, and Erick Erickson.

Originally published in Rare.