Joe Miller Rejects Libertarianism, Files To Run as Libertarian

Miller Runs as Libertarian, But Retains Conservative Platform

by Josh Guckert

In the 2010 Alaska Republican Senate primary, Joe Miller defeated incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski, earning the Republican nomination. Unfortunately for Miller, Murkowski then waged a write-in campaign and retained her seat by a little more than 10,000 votes. Now in 2016, Miller will take another run at Murkowski’s seat—this time as a Libertarian. Miller also ran in the 2014 Republican Senate primary, losing to now-Senator Dan Sullivan.

Perhaps the strangest aspect of Miller’s run is that he explained he opposes many portions of the Libertarian platform: namely favoring same-sex marriage, drug legalization, and non-interventionist foreign policy. In other words, he’s still a conservative, and only “libertarian” in the sense that he shares some economic principles with the movement.

Even stranger, Miller is not supporting Gary Johnson for President, saying that “I’m not a Gary Johnson guy myself.” He has also pledged to caucus with the Republicans if elected.

A candidate like Miller certainly tests Libertarians. While he will likely have a better showing than any Libertarian Senate candidate in the history of Alaska, he would do so without being particularly libertarian at all. Though pragmatists within the Libertarian Party correctly advocate the merits of a “big tent,” Miller is very likely pushing the limits. If anything, perhaps the emergence of Miller may show some critics of Gary Johnson and William Weld what actually deserves the title of “Libertarian in name only.”

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  • ioconnor
    September 7, 2016, 6:20 pm

    ” If anything, perhaps the emergence of Miller may show some critics of Gary Johnson and William Weld what actually deserves the title of “Libertarian in name only.” EXACTLY!

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  • Joe Miller
    September 7, 2016, 9:10 pm

    I have stated repeatedly – and in all of my past election campaigns – that I am a federal libertarian. That means, let the states choose their own paths, local control, restrain the federal government. More views: except at the borders, the federal drug war is unconstitutional; net neutrality = government control = horrid; I am an anti-Neocon but believe that we should have the power to defend ourselves; the surveillance state is tyrannical. I have repeatedly criticized the two major parties. I do agree with a number of positions of Gary Johnson (abolish Dept. of Educ., abolish the IRS, etc.), and intend to issue a statement about that in the future. Although I am not voting for Gary Johnson, my candidacy – and the exceptional platform of the ALASKA Libertarian Party – will absolutely move things forward against the Duopoly in both this state and at the national level. I probably won’t have the opportunity to engage in any responses but would invite like-minded folk to support us in this historic effort in Alaska.

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  • themurph@Joe Miller
    September 8, 2016, 5:49 am

    The Alaska Libertarian Party leadership is trying to re-brand the party as the social conservative party of Alaska.

    You’re a Republican and that’s okay. Running as a socially conservative Republican didn’t work for you the last time (as the nominee), why do you think running on the same platform as a “Libertarian” will work this time?

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