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January 5, 2000
Contact: John McAlister, 614-898-0015

LP Candidate Says "Come Back To Your Roots, America."

In announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Columbus today John McAlister, Libertarian from Columbus, said it's time for America to come back to its libertarian roots.

"America was founded on the idea of personal liberty and personal responsibility," McAlister said. "The problem today, however, is that through excessive taxation and over regulation, we have turned over our lives to politicians and bureaucrats who tell us how to run almost every aspect of our lives."

He said government laws and regulations tell people where they must send their children to school, what must be taught and how.

"The War On Drugs has not made our streets safer, but increased crime in the streets. Campaign finance laws have caused the public to be less involved in politics and are an infringement on political speech. Expanding federal police power has threatened civil liberties. Career politicians make life more complicated by passing laws that don't make any common sense," the first-time candidate said.

McAlister believes his strength comes from the fact that he has never held political office. He said, "Government is supposed to be by the people and of the people. It's time for an average person, like me, who has had to work and pay taxes all his life for more and more big government programs that don't work, to sit in the Senate and vote on bills based on cutting government and increasing freedoms." McAlister, who owns a health insurance agency in Columbus, plans on running a very heavy Internet campaign. He cited his website http://www.JohnForUSSenate.comas a major tool in taking his message to the people of Ohio.

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Last updated: 1/3/2000