JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Mark Swaney, wants to tell voters why he is running for office.
Swaney said he has a number of issues that differ from his Democratic and Republican opponents. He is up against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton and Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor.
Swaney said one of the most important issues on his platform is climate change. He would implement a tax on carbon to encourage people not to use it. Swaney wants the country to focus on alternatives that would not pollute the atmosphere.
Swaney said he will also fight to make things better for the working class.
"The first thing that I have in mind is an increase in the minimum wage," Swaney said. "In the Green Party, we actually support abandoning the entire concept of minimum wage, which is nothing more than a slave's wage. We believe we should be gradually moving towards a living wage and we believe everyone who works a 40 hour week ought to be paid enough in that 40 hour week to take care of themselves and one or two other family members, and that's just not the case right now."
Swaney said he is also a strong opponent of the death penalty.
"When I am elected, I will seek support from other senators and other congressmen for a bill in Congress to eliminate the federal death penalty," Swaney said.
Swaney wants voters to know he thinks the Iraq war unnecessarily took the lives of many U.S. soldiers and cost the country trillions of dollars.
"It did nothing to help Iraq or preserve our national security," Swaney said. "It was a war that was a waste, it was based on a lie and, as far as I'm concerned, those who served in the war served honorably and well. I have no problem with people who served in the war, but those who ordered the war and those who pushed us into that war are guilty or perpetrating a national disgrace. When I'm in office, I will do as much as I can to promote peaceful foreign policies."
Swaney will face Cotton and Pryor in the November 2014 election.