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Mike Huckabee: Libertarianism Is Not Republicanism.

There is a strong libertarian presence in the Republican Party, which was reflected at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but libertarianism is not conservatism, says former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

“CPAC is becoming increasingly libertarian over the past few years, and we saw that this year,” Huckabee told Dick Morris, J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on Newsmax TV’s America’s Forum on Monday.

“Libertarians have a very valid point of view, and increasingly we’re seeing a libertarian influence for the Republican Party. But pure libertarianism is not Republicanism,” he added. “They’re welcome in the Republican Party, but don’t act as if somehow libertarianism is a purer form of being Republican.”

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The Arkansas Republican said, however, that he doesn’t put all the blame for Republican losses on Libertarian Party candidates taking votes from GOP candidates

“If 10 percent more of the social conservatives had voted in the 2012 election, Mitt Romney would be president today,” Huckabee said. “They stayed home, in larger numbers, in part because they didn’t feel like there was a message that really connected to them.”

Huckabee said that the solution for Republican candidates is not to stay away from social issues, because “by doing so, you almost ensure defeat.”

The former presidential candidate added that “a real conservative embodies the whole spectrum of conservatism, which is not only fiscal conservatism [but also] the idea that we need less government and the government we have ought to be more effective and more local.”

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By Courtney Coren

Emerson College Poll: Cuccinelli 2 Points Behind McAuliffe in Va.

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Republican Ken Cuccinelli has pulled within 2 percentage points of Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race with just four days to go, a new poll shows.

The Emerson College Polling Society says  McAuliffe’s lead over Cuccinelli is now 42 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis lagging taking 13 percent of the vote.

McAuliffe’s lead is within the poll’s margin of error, which Emerson says is 3.24 percent.
The society says the survey, conducted October 25-30 among 874 likely voters, shows that Cuccinelli is “gaining momentum” going into the final weekend before the election.

Early last month Emerson College had found that Cuccinelli was trailing McAuliffe by five points. The new poll comes just two days after Quinnipiac University stated that McAuliffe was ahead by four points.

The poll notes that none of the three candidates is popular with the voters. McAuliffe has a minus 15-point favorability margin with 37 percent viewing him positively and 52 percent negatively. Cuccinelli stands at 37 positive, 52 percent negative and the lesser known Sarvis is 22 percent positive, 19 percent negative.

Whoever they favor, most Virginians believe McAuliffe will win next Tuesday’s election, the poll notes.

“Despite his slim lead in the poll, 55 percent of Virginia likely voters believe that McAuliffe will be elected, with only 28 percent predicting that Cuccinelli will be their next governor.”

Emerson found the Libertarian Sarvis is taking more votes from Cuccinelli than from McAuliffe. Eleven percent of Republicans support the third-party candidate, with only 6 percent of Democrats going for him.

The poll is the seventh this week on the race. All have given McAuliffe the edge, but it has been narrowing as the week has gone on. The other six gave the Democrat a lead of between 4 and 15 percentage points, with Sarvis taking between 8 and 12 percent of the vote.

According to The Washington Times, with the race narrowing, the Republican and Democratic candidates are hoping to entice Sarvis supporters to change their vote.

Cuccinelli has attacked Sarvis’ credentials while McAuliffe has made a point of not criticizing the third-party candidate for fear of alienating his supporters who might still be swayed shift their support.

Former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who is seen as a “Libertarian folk hero” will join Cuccinelli in Richmond on Monday in a last-ditch bid to sway voters. His son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joined Cuccinelli on the campaign trail earlier this week.

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By Drew MacKenzie

Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Libertarian Hurting GOP in Virginia Gov.Race .

A Newsmax/Zogby Poll shows that with one week to go before Virginians elect a new governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe is leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli by a margin of 35.5 percent to 30.4 percent, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis gathering enough support to tip the balance.

Although McAuliffe’s campaign spending advantage and the scandals surrounding outgoing Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell are the most oft-cited reasons for Cuccinelli’s underdog status, Zogby’s polling shows that Sarvis is hurting the state attorney general’s chances.

In figures released Tuesday morning, Zogby found that among likely Virginia voters, attorney and high-tech entrepreneur Sarvis drew 9 percent of the vote for the Nov. 5 contest, with 6.8 percent preferring another candidate, and 18.3 percent undecided – an unusually high number of voters who haven’t made up their minds at this late date, veteran pollster John Zogby told Newsmax.

When the “undecided” voters were removed from the survey, Zogby found that McAuliffe, former Democratic national chairman, led Cuccinelli by 43 percent to 37 percent and Sarvis drew 11 percent, while 8 percent selected another candidate.

“Republicans do have cause to be worried and, yes, Sarvis is hurting Cuccinelli more than McAuliffe,” Zogby told Newsmax shortly after the release of his survey. “What is especially important is that, among voters who are aged 18-to-29, Sarvis draws 24 percent – one in four voters.”

Zogbyj said that Sarvis has “energized many young people and, if the Libertarian theme resonates here, it could easily become a national theme. And this would make Virginia a major swing state in 2016 and beyond.”

Zogby’s figures in the two surveys showing Sarvis at 9 percent and 11 percent are particularly significant.

Under Virginia election law, should Sarvis draw 10 percent of the vote, the Libertarian Party will have an automatic state ballot position in 2014, 2015, and 2016. That will give the party positions for which to nominate candidates for Congress, Senate, or whatever state office is on the Virginia ballot in those years.

With a campaign notable for its negative tone coming to a close, Zogby also pointed to the unfavorable ratings of each of the major candidates as reasons why Sarvis is doing unusually well for a third-party contender in the twilight of the campaign.

Where Cuccinelli is rated “very unfavorably” by 30.2 percent of likely voters, McAuliffe is rated “very unfavorably” by 24.2 percent.

Zogby said that this clearly demonstrates that both McAuliffe and Cuccinelli are “flawed candidates” and while McAuliffe leads among voters who consider themselves “independent,” an unusually high 27 percent of that group is undecided. In addition, the survey showed that among African-American voters, one in three were undecided a week before the balloting.

“With all these undecided voters at this late date, it simply means they will not vote, so anything can happen,” Zogby said. “But for now, I would say that the Libertarian hitting double-digits is very doable and that could very well be one of the big stories November 5.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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By John Gizzi

Ron Paul: Liberties Also Attacked in Boston.

While the loss of life in the Boston Marathon bombings was tragic, so was the loss of liberties during the “military-style takeover” during the manhunt for the suspects, writes former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

The bombing, Paul writes on the libertarian website, gave the government the opportunity “to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city.”

The action, he said, “should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.”

Paul, a three-time presidential candidate, has long been associated with the Libertarian Party and the libertarian wing of the Republican Party.

Lost in the celebration of the capture of brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was the fact that “police state tactics” contributed nothing to their capture, Paul argues. He calls the “shelter in place” order given by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick a “forced lockdown.”

The surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was not caught until the shelter-in-place order was lifted and a private citizen left his house, finding the suspect hiding in his boat. Paul points to this and the fact that photos and video provided voluntarily by private citizens and businesses helped identify the men – not “government surveillance cameras.”

Americans have been conditioned to believe the government’s job is to keep its citizens safe, when, in reality, its job is to protect its citizen’s liberties, Paul writes. He calls the city shutdown and door-to-door warrantless searches “unprecedented and … very dangerous.”

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By Greg Richter

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson open to running for president again in 2016.

Gary Johnson (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson would run for president again in four years if he’s not elected in November, the candidate announced during a town hall meeting Tuesday night.

“As long as I’m relevant, I will continue this through 2016,” Johnson said during the meeting, which was simulcast live online.

A former two-term governor of New Mexico, Johnson initially sought the Republican nomination for president in 2011, but he switched to the Libertarian Party in May after struggling to gain traction in state and national polls. Through the Libertarian Party, Johnson’s name will be included on ballots in 47 states on Election Day, and a CNN/ORC poll in early September suggested that he could take as much as 3 percent of the vote.

Johnson has been excluded from the upcoming debates and last month filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates to gain access. The effort failed, but Johnson plans to answer questions online during Wednesday night’s debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, much like he did when he wasn’t invited to most of the Republican primary debates last year.

During the town hall Tuesday, Johnson joked about people who say that a vote for anyone other than Obama or Romney was a “waste.”

“Waste your vote!” he told the crowd. “Vote for me.”

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