Ernest Hancock has been a Libertarian activist since the early 1990s. He has run for the state legislature, the secretary of state and the U.S. Congress. This year will mark his first race for the U.S. Senate, but that doesn't mean he cares about winning.
"I've been doing this for a long time," he said. "I care about winning freedom, not votes. My goal is to get my freedom."
Hancock will face Sen. John McCain and Democrat Stuart Starky. He has never held public office, but every time he runs he impacts Arizona's politics just a little more, he said.
"Libertarians have an impact on elections because we take a block of votes away that mean something," Hancock said. "It's the liberty vote. It's the freedom vote."
Hancock said that every time Libertarians take votes away from the larger parties it forces those parties to discuss the issues that will bring those votes back.
In the meantime, Hancock will continue to broadcast his ideas and wait for other voters to want their freedom, he said.
Hancock paraphrased Wayne Gretzky to further expand on his idea.
"You don't skate to where the puck is, you skate to where the puck is going to be," he said. "We stand at the freedom goal waiting for the people."
Hancock was born in Florida in 1961, but moved to Arizona when he was 12. He went to community college and ASU but didn't graduate. He has owned several businesses, and just sold a pizza restaurant in downtown Phoenix.
For the last year and a half, Hancock had his own radio show on KFNX 1100 AM. He has interviewed Sam Donaldson, G. Gordon Liddy and the Arizona Director of Homeland Security. He recently quit to work on the campaign.
Hancock said his main issue in the campaign is self ownership.
"Do you own yourself? If you do, from that comes a lot of things," he said.
Self ownership covers a citizen's right to defend his or her life, liberty and property. Hancock said the sole purpose of government is to protect those rights, not take them away.
"It's neon-flashing-light obvious what's going on. When is it ever going to stop?" he said.
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