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

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Lu­cas Rodgers lrodgers@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Lu­casMRodgers on Twit­ter

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.

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