The Libertarian Skeptics Network Presidential Candidate Questionnaire is presented to all candidates seeking the Libertarian nomination for President of the United States in 2016, to assess their opinions and positions on questions of importance to Libertarian Skeptics. The questions have been compiled from suggestions from LSN members.
1. Would your administration respect and duly consider scientific evidence, expert consensus, cost-benefit analysis, and practice evidence-based decision-making?
2. The Libertarian platform supports the prohibition of fraud, as being no different than theft. In your view does this include the selling of fake, mislabeled, or scam medications under deliberately false claims of therapeutic effect?
3. Do you support the development of private industry and a free market in the field of aerospace, including commercial launch services based in the United States, commercial manned spaceflight, and competitive bidding in NASA procurement?
4. Do you support a free market in pharmaceuticals, and oppose laws and regulations that hinder the advancement of modern medical science, such as the length and corruption of the FDA approval process?
5. Do you oppose regulations mandating an arbitrary definition and punitive label for genetically engineered crops, and the associated implication that this life-saving technology is harmful and should be banned?
6. Do you plan to campaign on advocating the belief that the September 11th attacks, or any other recent mass shooting or terrorist attack, was a hoax staged by the United States government?
7. Do you agree that Libertarian defenses of medical freedom and personal autonomy, should not be based on false or disproven claims about the safety and efficacy of vaccination?
8. Do you agree that taxpayer money should not be wasted by the government on investigating “paranormal” phenomenon, such as alien abductions, ghosts, psychic abilities, and the like?
9. Do you oppose laws restricting or banning research in the field of genetics, including regulations that would ban consumer products derived from such research?
10. Do you agree that it is important for the Libertarian message to be presented by our candidates in a manner that is credible, honest, and demonstrating seriousness of purpose?
The Libertarian Skeptics Network will report all candidate answers in a graded summary, as well as publishing the full un-edited responses. Responses will be scored by LSN as meriting 0, 5, or 10 points towards a possible total of 100.