George Phillies was one of the first to annonce his candidacy for the 2008 Libertarian Presidential nomination. Phillies is a school teacher and sought to be the party's national chairman this past year but, failed to win the seat.
Phillies answered these questions for the The Conservative President 2008.
1. Why are you running for President?
Libertarians need a respectable Presidential candidate. Libertarians need someone who explains our plans in simple, clear language. Libertarians need a Presidential candidate who spends their money honestly and effectively. I am that candidate.
2. What makes you the best candidate?
I am credible: I have a long record of Libertarian Party activism. I have run successfully in local (university) elections. I have run for Federal office before. I have strong professional credentials, a doctorate from MIT. I focus on building the party, not on building me. There are no skeletons in my closet: No arrests, let alone convictions. No bizarre conspiracy theories. No unfiled tax returns.
3. What is the top issue of your campaign?
My nominating campaign issue is "run on issues Americans care about". What do Americans care about? End the War on Iraq. Border safety. Budget Deficits. Educate our children and grandchildren. Energy and the environment.
4. Do you believe you will be able to gain the support of social and fiscal conservatives?
Conservatives: My platform is at http://www.phillies2008.com/issues. It's your call.
My plank "End the grandchild tax" (pay off the national debt) and "No More Budget Deficits" should attract fiscal conservatives. I'm the opposite of the Bush Republican party that gave us the Bridge to Nowhere.
Modern "Social Conservatives", people who want to use government to impose their deeply-held religious beliefs on others, should remember that when those others are running government, they may inflict their religious opinions on you. Libertarians want to protect social conservatives; we'll make sure social liberals can't force their beliefs on you. Also, I will work to repeal that Mark of the Beast, the Real ID Act.
Libertarians say: "Uncle Sam should keep his hands out of your bedroom, your gun vault, and your pocketbook".
5. What do you think of Gene Chapman's campaign?
The significant Libertarian candidates are myself, Steve Kubby, and perhaps Christine Smith. Kent McManigal has shown remarkable strength in some polling. Gene Chapman is running for the Constitution Party nomination. His campaign planks are appropriate for that party, which is generally antiLibertarian in its attitudes.