Libertarian candidate offers another perspective in Senate race
Edward Clifford III is running against Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty to represent Pennsylvania in U.S. Senate
While most Pennsylvania voters have likely heard of Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and his Democratic opponent, Katie McGinty, there is another candidate on the ballot for the U.S. Senate seat.
Libertarian Edward Clifford III of Marple, Delaware County is also seeking support from voters in the commonwealth, in a year when the presidential nominees of both major parties have historically low favorability ratings.
Digital First Media reached out to Clifford via email to see where he stands on several issues that have drawn a lot of attention this election season. The Libertarian Party’s platform tends to be described as socially liberal and fiscally conservative. The party supports limited government, individual rights, and a freemarket approach to the economy. Clifford’s views appear to be in line with the principles of the Libertarian Party.
Here are the questions sent to Clifford, along with his responses, edited for clarity and brevity: background checks for all gun purchases? Why or why not?
A: “The background checks in place now for purchasing a firearm are adequate.”
Q: Would you support a ban on “assault weapons?” Why or why not?
A: “I am against assault weapons bans because they are ineffective. … Independent studies have shown that the 1994 assault weapons ban had little impact in reducing violence and that future legislation would have little to no impact as well.”
Clifford is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, and he is currently employed as an accountant for a financial services firm; he has been involved with the Libertarian movement for over 15 years, according to the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania’s website.
Voters in the commonwealth will decide which candidate will serve the six-year term in the Senate on Nov. 8.