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View from the Hill

Profile: Tim D’Annunzio Supports Gun Rights and Greg Brannon

This is the ninth in a series of profiles on the 2014 U.S. Senate Candidates on View from the Hill. 

Tim D’Annunzio, a candidate in North Carolina’s Libertarian primary for U.S. Senate, has already run unsuccessfully for Congress twice on the Republican ticket — four years ago and again, two years later.

Now he says he’s disillusioned with the GOP and is running in the primary for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian against Sean Haugh.

D’Annunzio supports the vocational system of education as much as the college system.

A self-made millionaire from Raeford, N.C., he also advocates for small businesses and enabling them to succeed in the economy by reducing taxes.

He supports a free-market system for health insurance and rejects nationalized health care.

He is also an avid gun rights supporter and once hosted a social involving a raffle for an AR-15 assault rifle.

He has previously said he favors Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Greg Brannon. Brannon has also been supported by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a Republican with Libertarian leanings, who supports Greg Brannon’s candidacy above D’Annunzio’s or Haugh’s.

In an interview with the Charlotte Observer in February, D’Annunzio said, “To be honest, my running is more or less an insurance policy, that even after one of these (Republican) guys may win, I’m going to keep talking conservative principles and conservative solutions to our national problems.”

Many polling centers do not track Libertarian candidates, and recent polls conducted by the Civitas Institute predict only 8 percent of North Carolina voters will vote Libertarian in the general elections.

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