On August 15, U.S. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis was a guest on “Inside Charlottesville,” hosted by Coy Barefoot on WCHV-FM. Their conversation focused on recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and Sarvis' reaction to them.
“There's a lot of reasons to be unhappy” about the situation in Ferguson, said Sarvis, who is the Libertarian Party nominee running against incumbent Democrat Mark Warner and Republican nominee Ed Gillespie. “I think everyone was shocked looking at their TVs and seeing what's going on” there."
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Robert Sarvis released a statement addressing the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, MO, in which he stated:
"Something has gone seriously awry in the relationship between our government and private citizens. When the police become injurious of people’s individual rights and civil liberties, we must all rise up in protest. People should be able to see law enforcement as part of their community, not as an occupying force."
Roanoke native and political activist, Caleb Coulter, has resigned his position with the Republican Party in order to work as full-time campaign manager for the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Robert Sarvis.
Today, in response to the admission by the Central Intelligence Agency that it illegally spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Robert Sarvis called for the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan:
The admission by the CIA, after months of denials by Director John Brennan himself (e.g., this), should be the final nail in the coffin of his term at the spying agency. I call on John Brennan to resign from his position and urge my opponents to join me in doing so, especially Senator Mark Warner, himself a member of the Intelligence Committee.
On July 28, 2014, in response to the decision by a panel of judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond holding that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Robert Sarvis released the following statement:
Marriage freedom is a deeply important issue to me, which is why I made it a centerpiece of my campaign for governor last year.
In 1967, a Virginia couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, fought to overturn marriages between people of different races. If it weren’t for the courage of the Lovings, I might not have been able to marry the woman I love.
Public opinion in Virginia has shifted dramatically since the Marshall-Newman Amendment was enacted in 2006. In fact, polls now show that a majority of Virginians support marriage equality.
I wanted Virginia to achieve marriage freedom through the democratic process, but as with interracial marriage, it is court action that has seen it through. I look forward to seeing same-sex couples in Virginia celebrating their marriages and enjoying equal treatment under the law.
Make no mistake, this decision would not have been possible if the U.S. Constitution had been amended to ban same-sex marriage, as my Republican opponent Ed Gillespie advocated when he was the Chairman of the Republican National Committee.”
In response to Roanoke College’s just-released July poll of registered Virginia voters, Robert Sarvis released the following statement:
Polls like this that include me as an option are the only polls so far in which Mark Warner’s support dips below 50 percent. My inclusion in the campaign makes the race more competitive. A majority of Virginia voters are open to voting against Mark Warner if they have a better choice.
In response to the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s vote to make lower sentencing guidelines for some federal drug offenses retroactive, Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis of Virginia released the following statement:
I commend the U.S. Sentencing Commission for taking this small step toward reducing mass incarceration and alleviating some of the devastating consequences of our failed War on Drugs.
The United States should lead the world by example, but we send the wrong message by having the highest incarceration rate in the world. The government’s punitive sentences bloat our budgets, devastate families and communities, and perpetuate racial inequality. If the United States is to be a beacon of liberty and equality, it’s time for dramatic reform.
Unfortunately, even modest reforms have stalled in Congress due to the inaction of many on both sides of the aisle, including Virginia’s senior Senator Mark Warner. The New York Times recently reported that the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410)—which would cut federal mandatory minimums for drugs sentences in half and give judges greater flexibility when sentencing low-level offenders—will likely not receive a vote until at least next year.
Mark Warner has refused to cosponsor or even take a public position on this legislation. He should explain why to Americans languishing in prison under unjust sentences—and to their suffering families.
I also renew my challenge to Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie to debate me so Virginia voters can hear where they stand on vital issues like this.
A statement from Robert Sarvis:
Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-3 to advance the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 2588), an updated version of the infamous CISPA legislation that was shelved when a broad coalition of libertarian, progressive, and conservative activists and groups came out to oppose it.
I'm proud to represent the Libertarian Party, which has come out again in strong opposition to S. 2588. "CISA presents many of the same problems as the failed Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) of 2012, which contained significant privacy concerns and other shortcomings. Privacy experts have pointed out how CISA would damage the privacy and civil liberties of users. Language in CISA, like CISPA, enables the automatic and simultaneous transfer of cybersecurity information to U.S. intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency," a recent statement by the LP explains.
Mark Warner is bragging about a half-measure he inserted into the bill that would simply require a report from the Director of National Intelligence. That would be James Clapper, who LIED to Congress under oath about NSA surveillance. Warner's amendment fails to fix the real problem.
Meanwhile, my Republican opponent Ed Gillespie is still "reviewing" the legislation.
I oppose S. 2588. Unlike both of my opponents, I also oppose the so-called "Patriot" Act that the federal government has relied on to justify its mass surveillance program.
I encourage Virginians, whether you agree with me on these issues or not, to sign my petition for inclusion in the debates. A debate through press statements about such vital issues just doesn't cut it. Virginia voters deserve to hear a real debate among all the candidates on the ballot.
On Newschannel 8's NewsTalk, host Bruce DePuyt questions Robert Sarvis about healthcare policy, the costs of American global intervention, and why voters should send a Libertarian to Washington instead of a Democrat or a Republican.