Texas Libertarians Hope to Have November Impact

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HOUSTON (AP) - Libertarians were hopeful during the party's state convention today that they could win a variety of offices in November, saying their group offers better values than the Democratic and Republican parties.

Wes Benedict, the party's executive director for the state, touted Libertarians as "fiscally conservative and socially tolerant."

Several tables at the convention offered pamphlets promoting some of the party's ideals, including smaller government, drastically reduced taxes, privatized Social Security and the repeal of laws prohibiting the possession and use of drugs by adults.

Between 100 and 150 members attending the two-day convention were set to choose their candidates for state races that include
governor and attorney general.

The convention is scheduled to conclude tomorrow.

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