Should Libertarians Be Voting for Republicans today?

I happen to consider myself a right leaning, small “L” libertarian. I tend to believe that true conservatism demands greater personal responsibility and less government intervention… even into our social lives. That being said, my Libertarian friends often get frustrated with my pro-life (no exceptions) and pro-traditional marriage stance. Because of my libertarian leanings, I often find myself listening to thinkers like the great (and way too cool) Nick Gillespie at Reason.com. He recently produced an informative piece where he gave Kirsten Kukowski, press secretary for the Republican National Committee, the chance to explain why libertarians should vote Republican today in the 2014 Midterm Elections.

“A lot of times, when [Republicans] are on the stage with Libertarian candidates, we are agreeing with you guys–with libertarians–more than we are agreeing with Democrats.”   — Kirsten Kukowski

 

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From Reason TV’s YouTube Page:

 

“A lot of times, when [Republicans] are on the stage with Libertarian candidates, we are agreeing with you guys–with libertarians–more than we are agreeing with Democrats,” says Kirsten Kukowski, press secretary for the Republican National Committee.

So should small-“L” libertarians vote for Republicans next week?

Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie recently sat down with Kukowski to give her a chance to explain why libertarians, who hold a broader definition of social freedom than the GOP platform lays out, should vote for Republicans during Tuesday’s midterm election. During the interview the two discussed what lessons the Republicans have (or haven’t) learned during the Bush years, why 2016 is shaping up as the year when libertarian-leaning Republicans will push to change the party, and whether Libertarian candidates should be seen as spoilers by GOP and Democratic partisans.

 

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