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The constitutional conservative

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By Merilee Dannemann

Here’s the frustration about talking with a libertarian. You can agree about the issues, but when you ask about solutions, the response is not intelligible as an answer — unless you speak that libertarian jargon.
I had such a conversation recently with David Clements, who calls himself not a libertarian but a constitutional conservative. He’s running in the Republican primary for United States Senate against Allen Weh. The winner will face Sen. Tom Udall in November.
Clements is the underdog against the well-funded and better known Weh. He’s youthful, likeable, handsome, energetic and exudes earnestness.
Clements is reluctant to support any intervention by government, even to solve problems government has created. So I found it challenging to get specific answers about what he would do on major policy matters.
In the Senate, would he stick with principle, even if it leads to gridlock, or seek compromise? Gridlock sometimes serves the interests of liberty, he says, but he would work with Democrats on matters where they agree. An example he offered is reducing government surveillance of private citizens.


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