Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Marc Victor loves talking about freedom.
Victor, 43, says he's been a "freedom activist" since he was 15, and he's running for U.S. Senate this year to fight for freedom for Arizonans. The website for his law firm even includes the word freedom.
"Freedom is being in charge of yourself, your body, and your time and your money, and not relying on government to take care of us from cradle to grave," said Victor, an attorney in Chandler. "Fighting for freedom is more important than fighting for money."
Victor is running against Republican Jeff Flake and Democrat Richard Carmona in the race to replace longtime U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, who is retiring.
Though Flake and Carmona are much more well-known and better funded, Victor said neither is the right choice to turn the country in the right direction - neither will fight for the framework of freedom.
"I don't see anybody else who would drastically reduce the size of government and promote individual rights and responsibilities," Victor said.
Victor has been in Arizona since 1989 and a lawyer for the last 19 years. He's a Marine combat veteran, having served in Operation Desert Storm. He has no political experience, but says his experience running a private law firm gives him wisdom about what it takes to create jobs.
He opposes any efforts to cut into our civil liberties, and wants to legalize marijuana and other illegal drugs and end the drug war.
"It's un-American, it's destroying our justice system," Victor said of the war on drugs. Ending it would reduce violence and free up the justice system to focus on violent criminals rather than "victimless crimes."
He believes the sole purpose of government is to protect people's rights, and that government needs to drastically reduce spending and move to a true free market, which means low taxes and very few regulations.
"Freedom is my main platform issue, that's my only issue," Victor said. "I'm trying to win the hearts and minds of people to support freedom. I think that solves lots of our problems, if not all of our problems."
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