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Smaller state means less separation-of-church issue

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: Neutral. I'm comfortable with the recognition of God in the public sphere, but I favor a much smaller public sphere in the first place, so small that it ought not to accomplish much or matter much whether any aspect of religion is recognized in the public sphere.

Source: Email interview on 2014 W.V. Senate race with OnTheIssues , Sep 5, 2014

Former Republican state legislator

In the United States Senate race, the perception is that the contest is just between the Democrat and the Republican, with the Republican in the lead. Not so. When you cast your vote, you'll get a chance to vote for me, John Buckley, the Libertarian.

I'm the third candidate in the race. I'm a former Republican state legislator (elected when I lived in Virginia 35 years ago-- I was just in my mid-20's), now running on the ticket of the Libertarian party.

While politics is usually portrayed as a contest of Republican v. Democrat, conservative v. liberal, red v. blue, that's narrow, old-fashioned thinking. It's "analog" politics in a digital age.

Source: Charleston Daily Mail on 2014 West Virginia Senate race , Aug 12, 2014

Elected as Republican to VA House; running as Libertarian

In politics, the voters are often far ahead of the political pundits. "Conventional wisdom" has to play catch up sometimes. That's what I think is happening in West Virginia this year. In the United States Senate race, the perception is that the contest is just between the Democrat and the Republican, with the Republican in the lead. Not so. When you cast your vote, you'll get a chance to vote for me, John Buckley, the Libertarian.

I'm the third candidate in the race. I'm a former Republican state legislator (elected when I lived in Virginia 35 years ago--I was just in my mid-20's), now running on the ticket of the Libertarian party. I don't fit the narrow mold of most political commentators. They just don't know what to make of me.

I'm for limited government and free enterprise; I'm also for peace and civil liberties; I support the freedom to marry as well as the freedom to carry. I believe in "live and let live."

Source: Charleston Daily Mail on 2014 West Virginia Senate race , Aug 12, 2014

Cousin to William F. Buckley; long background in GOP

John Buckley, cousin to William F. Buckley, had a long personal background in Republican Party and conservative movement politics, including a stint running Young Americans for Freedom in the 1970s. He won a state legislative seat in Virginia in 1979. He lost his seat after one term and says that "by the early '90s I had soured on the Republican Party as a vehicle for expressing my political principles"--not because his principles had changed that much, or even that the Party's lip service stated principles had, but that no Republicans seemed to act on the free-market side of their message.
Source: Reason magazine Q&A on 2014 West Virginia Senate race , Jul 24, 2014

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