Libertarian Republican

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libertarian Republican is a person who subscribes to libertarian philosophy while typically voting for and being involved with the United States Republican Party.

Sometimes the terms Republitarian or liberty Republican are used as well. Libertarian Republicans’ views are similar to Libertarian Party members, but differ in regard to the strategy used to implement libertarian policies and on some issues of civil liberties.[citation needed]




Libertarian Republicans represent a political faction within the Republican Party. They are strong believers in the traditional Republican principle of economic libertarianism that was advocated by past presidential candidates such as Senator Robert Taft, Senator Barry Goldwater and Representative Ron Paul. Individuals who self-identify as libertarian Republicans do not necessarily share the same political beliefs across the spectrum, though there do seem to be several issues that bind them together, including beliefs in fiscal conservatism, personal responsibility, and personal liberty.[citation needed]

The most common belief libertarian Republicans share is fiscal conservatism – specifically, advocating for lower taxes at every level of government, a reduction in the level of spending in the federal budget, easing the burden of federal regulations on business interests, the reform of the entitlement system, and ending or making significant cuts to the welfare state. Additionally, they oppose budget deficits and deficit spending and work to minimize it as much as possible. Libertarian Republicans tend to support more fiscal conservatism than their mainstream counterparts in the party, and are less willing to abandon these principles for political expediency.[citation needed]

Libertarian Republicans often differ from traditional Republicans in their emphasis on protection of civil liberties.[1] It is distinct from the religious rightwing of the Republican Party because it sees state-enforced conservative social policies as encroachments on personal privacy and individual liberties.[1] Libertarian Republicans disagree with the activities of mainstream Republicans with regard to civil liberties since the September 11 attacks in 2001, opposing the PATRIOT ActREAL ID, and President George W. Bush‘s domestic intelligence program.[2]


The Republican Liberty Caucus was founded in 1991 at a meeting of a group of Florida members of the Libertarian Republican Organizing Committee attending a Young Republicans Convention. They included Philip Blumel, Tom Walls, Eric Rittberg, and Rex Curry and decided to develop a nationalRepublican Liberty Caucus organization.[3] The group represents the GOP’s libertarian wing.

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  1. a b Position Statement: Republican Liberty Caucus. Republican Liberty Caucus, 3-2011. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  2. ^ RLC Members Push Platform Changes in States[dead link]. Republican Liberty Caucus, 7-22-2008. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  3. ^ History of the Republican Liberty Caucus[dead link]. Republican Liberty Caucus, 2-20-2011. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  4. ^ Justin Amash Defends Congress’ Only Libertarian Seat: Democrats (and at least one moderate Republican) are taking aim at the “next Ron Paul.”
  5. ^ The libertarian-leaning Kerry Bentivolio secured his first elected position by running as an outsider, even battling the local GOP establishment during the primary.
  6. a b c d Republican Liberty Caucus Liberty Index: 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  7. ^ Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick’s Voting Record. GovTrack. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  8. ^ “Rachel Lea Hunter For Justice”. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  9. ^ Raul Labrador is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative.
  10. ^ “Thomas Massie on the Issues”. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
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  12. ^ The earliest libertarian to gain standing within the Republican Party was Dana Rohrabacher.
  13. ^ David Schweikert is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative.
  14. ^ There is no question about Stockman’s philosophy or which way he will vote – he will vote libertarian, which is fine for most conservatives.
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  16. ^ North Central Florida’s new Republican congressional nominee is a self-styled “conservative Christian Republican with a libertarian slant”
  17. ^ Barry Goldwater, Jr. Endorses Ron Paul for President. 12-3-2007. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  18. ^ Top Liberty Index Scorers U.S. Reps. Paul and Flake Vote For DADT Repeal[dead link]. Republican Liberty Caucus, 12-18-2010. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  19. ^ Giunta, Eric (2012-08-14). “Connie Mack Wins by a Grand Canyon in the Early Going”. Sunshine State News. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  20. ^ Bob Barr, Civil Libertarian
  21. ^ Rothbard: My two favorite congressmen were Howard Buffett of Nebraska and Frederick C. Smith of Ohio
  22. ^ Ron Paul: The words of H.R. Gross, the great libertarian-conservative congressman from Iowa, ring as true today as they did during a budget debate in 1974.
  23. ^ Joe Walsh is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative.
  24. ^ Ron Paul endorses Joe Walsh
  25. ^ Senator Ted Cruz Political Positions. VoteSmart. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  26. ^ Senator Jeff Flake Voting Record. GovTrack. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  27. ^ “Senator Mike Lee Voting Record”. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  28. ^ Senator Rand Paul Voting Record. GovTrack. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
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  32. ^ Fools Goldwater. National Review, 7-30-2006. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  33. ^ The ideas for which Taft spoke – those of the “isolationist,” libertarian, and Republican Old Right – seemed discredited as well.
  34. ^ “Frisbie Hoar was saying then the same things Ron Paul is saying today,” Church avers.
  35. ^ Libertarians and Conservatives should rally around Nikki Haley. RedState, 8-2-2009. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  36. ^ “Gary Herbert on the Issues”. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  37. ^ Libertarian leaning Republican Governor Paul LePage., 5-17-2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  38. ^ “Brian Sandoval on the Issues”. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  39. ^ “Rick Snyder on the Issues”. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  40. ^ “Scott Walker on the Issues”. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  41. ^ “Mitch Daniels on the Issues”. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  42. ^ Former NM Governor Johnson courts Ron Paul’s libertarian base. The DailyCaller, 2-11-2010. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  43. ^ RLC Encourages Mark Sanford to Run for President[dead link]. Republican Liberty Caucus, 6-11-2009. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  44. ^ Bill Weld Drops out of New York Gubernatorial Race. Fox News, 6-6-2006. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  45. ^ “I consider myself a libertarian in a lot of ways,” he says. “I think the government should get out of your bedroom, off your back, and out of your wallet. That is, I think, the traditional northeast libertarian viewpoint.”
  46. ^ He is not really comfortable with the libertarian label, preferring to call himself a “libertarian-leaning constitutional conservative,” but most of his positions align with mainstream libertarian ideas. He is hostile to the drug war, favors a non-interventionist foreign policy, and embraces Austrian economics.
  47. ^ “Representative Paul Curtman Biography – Project Vote Smart”. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  48. ^ “Representative Melissa Leach Political Summary – Project Vote Smart”. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  49. ^ Liberty candidate Glen Bradley endorsed by Ron Paul.
  50. ^ Studying for final in Tom DiLorenzo’s “Rothbardian Analysis of the State,” giving props to the Mises Institute.
  51. ^ Milton Friedman on the Charlie Rose Show. PBS, November 2005. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  52. ^ Advocates for Self-Government: Karl Hess. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  53. ^ Republican Liberty Caucus: What People Are Saying. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  54. ^ Beito, David T. and Linda Royster Beito. Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, and Zora Neale Hurston on War, Race, the State, and Liberty. The Independent Institute, The Independent Review, Spring-08. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  55. a b Republican Liberty Caucus 2006 Convention Summary. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  56. ^ David LeonhardtFree for All. The New York Times, 4-1-2007. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  57. ^ Pro-Defense libertarian Neal Boortz Speaker at Florida Cato Function., 2-10-2011. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  58. ^ Tucker Carlson Joins the Cato Institute. Cato Institute,, 7-28-2009. Retrieved Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  59. ^ Clint Eastwood talks to Jeff Dawson. The Guardian (UK), 6-1-2008. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  60. ^ Larry Elder on NNDB. NNDB. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  61. ^ Currie, Duncan. Dennis The Right-Wing Menace?. National Review, 6-27-2003. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  62. ^ Reason interviews libertarian Republican P.J. O’Rourke[dead link]. Republican LIberty Caucus, 7-7-2009. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  63. ^ Quinn, Garrett (September 14, 2012). “An Exit Interview With Wayne Allyn Root”Reason. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  64. ^ Smith, Ben (September 14, 2012). “They’re gay, conservative and proud”Politico. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  65. ^ Hunter, Jack (September 14, 2012). “Why Vince Vaughn supports Ron Paul”The Daily Caller. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  66. ^ “Libertarian Republican”. Libertarian Republican. 2011-09-25. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  67. ^ Today he is the libertarian-leaning host of The Jerry Doyle Show, a daily three-hour program about politics and culture syndicated by the Talk Radio Network.
  68. ^ Peter Schiff: Libertarians Need To Infiltrate The GOP
  69. ^ Southern Avenger: “Conservative, libertarian, independent.”
  70. ^ But the argument between Norquist and such Republican leaders, who now say they’ll break his pledge and raise taxes, also represents the latest tension between these libertarian and authoritarian strains.

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