Republican Pat Anderson stopped in Rochester today as part of a 14-city tour to kick off her gubernatorial campaign. The former State Auditor described herself as a "pro-liberty conservative," who embraces fiscal responsibility, the free-market system and individual responsibility.
Anderson has been busy courting members of the Tea Party movement. Anderson unveiled some of her policy ideas. They include eliminating the corporate income tax, lowering marginal tax rates across the board and expanding the sales tax base. She said that change would make Minnesota's business climate more competitive. She said she also supports school vouchers and getting rid of special tax benefits and subsidies that unfairly benefit some businesses and not others.
"It is a time to choose between a pro-liberty conservative approach to governing and the collectivist world view that would elevate the collective good over individual sovereignty, the needs of the state over the sanctity of private property, and the arbitrary desires of legislators over the rule of law," Anderson said.
She does share the socially conservative values of some of her fellow candidates including opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion.