Libertarian Steve Rosile has been espousing less government for two decades.
Steve Rosile is no stranger to big-time politics.
The 44-year-old former Lawrence resident ran as a Libertarian candidate for the 1st Congressional District in 1992.
He then carried the Libertarian Party banner again in 1994, running for Secretary of State.
Rosile, who recently moved to Wichita, is now his party's candidate for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Nancy Kassebaum, who is retiring.
"The philosophy and goal of the Libertarian Party has always been my personal goal, which is maximum personal freedom is the highest social good," Rosile said.
"The Libertarian Party is about the individual and being able to live your own life without interference as long as you're not harming or threatening anyone," he said.
Rosile, who has a bachelor's degree in political science from Wichita State University, is a third-year law student at Kansas University. He is not enrolled this semester.
A Libertarian since 1976, Rosile is a member of the Kansas Libertarian Party's executive committee and is the party's 3rd Congressional District coordinator.
Winning the Senate seat is not his chief goal -- he's working to build the party so it can compete in future elections.
"I don't expect to win this time," he said. "I hoped to make a difference in the outcome of the election. Building the party is the main idea and getting my name in front of people so I can win in the not-too-distant future."
Rosile said it didn't take a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.
"It just requires people in Congress to do it," Rosile said. "Republicans and Democrats aren't likely to do it."
The size of the federal government needs to cut down 50 percent or more in five to 10 years, he said.
"As far as the budget deficit goes, the interest on the national debt is the second largest item in the budget. That needs to be paid down."
How? By auctioning off some unneeded federal lands in the western states, he said.
"The federal government has title to over 50 percent of the land in the United States west of the Mississippi River," he said.
Rosile also called for fully funding and privatizing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to "get the federal government out of the so-called pension and insurance business."
Rosile also wants to "end the drug wars" through legalization and regulation.
"I want to end federal welfare for corporations, agriculture and individuals, abolish personal income and capital gains taxes and abolish the Internal Revenue Service," he said.
Rosile also advocates ending federal involvement in education, housing , labor, agriculture, health care, foreign aid and the internal politics of other nations.
On abortion, he's pro-choice. But he would end all federal funding of abortion.
He also would repeal the assault weapons ban.
"The American people have the right to be armed," he said.