FINDLAY - Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl spoke about his vision for "A Bold Ohio" at Donnell Middle School Thursday.
Originally from Fostoria, Earl said he had been a member of the Republican Party and served in the Ohio House in the 1980s. He switched parties after getting fed up with the direction the Republican Party was taking.
Earl said if elected, he would focus on two facets of government: the constitutions of the United States and Ohio and individual liberty.
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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl (standing) explains his vision for that state at Donnell Middle School in Findlay Thursday evening.
He said the states were first created to govern themselves, not to be ruled by the federal government.
"The first thing we've got to do is stand up and resist and reject excessive federal interference and unconstitutional federal action," he said.
Individual liberty is created by limiting governmental involvement he said, adding that his goal was not to implement regulations, but to get rid of them.
"If we let government try to regulate and manipulate, they'll go the wrong way," he said. "Liberty is the right to be stupid. But when you mess up and you make mistakes, you don't effect everyone in your county or your state or your nation."
He said people can learn from their mistakes or not, and the government should not be involved.
"You're on your own, and when you achieve it, it means something," he said.
Earl also spoke about Gov. John Kasich's Medicaid expansion, which was accomplished by the state controlling board adding more to the budget.
He said the board existed for changes in the budget and board members called Medicaid expansion "a tweak." Federal funding for the expansion was promised at 90 percent, but it is already being decreased in the new budget, Earl said.
Earl also said Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, said in an interview after the passage by the controlling board that Batchelder had the votes to pass the issue in the House, but no one wanted to go on record.
"The GOP has a supermajority over the House and the Senate," Earl said. "The problem is, they have no guts in the House or the Senate."
He also said he was anti-abortion and introduced House Bill 512 in 1983 that said "no state funds should be used to promote or implement abortion in Ohio."
Earl also said Common Core was too invasive and forced a leveling of all students instead of promoting competition.
"We're better than that," he said.
In reference to two protests filed stating he and running mate Sherry Clark did not have enough valid signatures to declare candidacy, Earl said he expected it and that many are trying to keep him out of office.
He said he was waiting for more details on the issue.
To win the election, Earl said he needs supports to spread his message.
"We can't do this alone," he said.
The Findlay 9.12 Project sponsored the event. According to its website, the organization is not associated with any party and instead supports the Constitution and the core principles written in the Constitution.