Independent candidate Brock Pierce runs for U.S. President on Alaska ballots

Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 4:21 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Independent candidate Brock Pierce is running for U.S. President in the 2020 general election, appearing on the ballot in Alaska and 15 other states.

Pierce said he is running because of his love for this country and for the American people. “Right now, the United States feels like the Divided States. We’re divided politically, economically, racially, while facing very real existential threats from the environment, technology, the pandemic, [and] potential conflicts with foreign nations. There is a path forward. We can do better, but it requires working together and acting and voting according to our conscience.”

Pierce discussed “re-legalizing nature,” saying, “The idea that we’ve outlawed nature just seems kind of like an odd one. Sounds like an oxymoron, so that’s, I think, a big one, which would include pardoning and expunging every person in our criminal justice system for non-violent cannabis-related offenses.”

According to Pierce, what really matters is the nation’s goal. “China has done very well because they build these plans, these unified plans. But what is our plan? If you don’t have an aim, you’re going to wander aimlessly -- and so I propose some big ideas, some game changing ideas, like how we measure our success as a nation.”

He added, “Historically we’ve measured our success by growth. Just growth. Infinite growth. GDP. Let’s just keep growing. But we’ve known for a while that growth has some problems. For one, we don’t have infinite resources. We’ve known this. Growth also doesn’t differentiate between positive and negative. The American people being sick creates a lot of growth. So I think we need to take a step back and reevaluate how we define our success as a country, how we measure it, and how we hold our government to account.”

Pierce explained that he does “not believe that we should be centralizing authority, giving more power to the state, more say in what happens with this federal land. I trust Alaska to do a better job of managing its backyard, because you have to live with the decisions you make, than people in Washington, D.C.”

He discussed mineral wealth in Alaska. “We have a limited number of places in, call it North America, where these materials exist, these minerals exist that are needed to make computer chips and batteries and things of that nature, and it’s going to be very important long-term, from a national security perspective, that we have that capacity domestically in this country.”

Regarding his visit to Fairbanks, Pierce said, “I’m here to listen and to learn and to understand issues that affect you and affect this state, things like the Jones Act. I’m going to be publishing how we address that -- like actionable -- not just talk but here’s what we do to fix it, here’s what we can do immediately, here’s what we can do in the long-term.”

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