With the country politically divided, Jason Buckley believes the Libertarian Party has a stronger chance this year of winning seats in Congress.


And Buckley is making a run in Kansas for the U.S. Senate.


Buckley, a Libertarian from Overland Park, is his party’s candidate in the race for what is an open Senate seat due to the retirement of Sen. Pat Roberts.


If elected, Buckley said his top focus will be the country’s debt and annual deficit.


"That is the most important thing, because if we don’t fix that, nothing else matters," he said.


Buckley said the country’s deficit spending is unsustainable.


"If we don’t fix those issues, everything will crash and nothing will survive," he said.


As a senator, Buckley said he also would like to work on criminal justice reform and end the country’s war on drugs.


Buckley said he also supports ending what he called corporate welfare.


Buckley, a Navy veteran, said he also would like to shut down all of the U.S. military’s overseas bases and sell the land. He said the troops stationed at the overseas bases would return to the United States to serve in a defensive role.


"The United States is not supposed to be the policemen of the world," he said.


Buckley said, as a senator, he would work to protect the rights of U.S. citizens.


"I feel like most politicians don’t respect the Constitution," he said.


One area of the Constitution he believes has been violated by federal lawmakers is the Second Amendment.


"They infringe on the Second Amendment constantly," he said.


Buckley said he would work in the Senate to remove every gun law, which he argues infringes on the Second Amendment.


As a senator, Buckley said he would work with Democrats and Republicans to get things done.


Eleven Republicans have filed as candidates in the Senate race. They will face each other in the Aug. 4 primary. Two Democrats have filed as candidates in the Senate race and will square off in the primary.


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