Wyatt said he decided to endorse Dine after looking at his plans for the state.
Dine’s Libertarian ideology lends itself to what Wyatt called a more conservative fiscal responsibility, with liberal views about social issues.
During a television broadcast this summer, Wyatt spoke out about being a ‘proud gay man.’ He points out that Dine is the only of the three senatorial candidates who is pro-marriage equality.
“That kind of helped, but like I’ve always said, I’m not a one-issue voter,” Wyatt said. “He wants to make sure the government is smaller and works more efficiently for the people.”
Dine, who currently is working as a personal trainer in Kansas City, Mo., said Wyatt’s endorsement has been an exciting opportunity for him and his campaign.
“It’s exciting that he can tell I’m in favor of protecting everyone’s civil and fiscal liberties,” Dine said.
Dine said he hopes to be able to represent all Missouri citizens, as opposed to corporations, which is something he hopes Wyatt’s approximate 35,000 constituents understand and appreciate.
Elected officials sometimes “toe the party line,” Dine said, putting the blame of current issues on the Democrats or Republicans.
“It’s interesting that someone can see both parties are to blame for the fiscal mess that we’re in right now,” he said.
Wyatt said he decided not to side with his party’s candidate, Todd Akin, due to a few issues concerning Akin’s performance, which he found disappointing. Most importantly, he said he was disappointed to not see a farm bill passed, which he said Akin was against.
Wyatt said Akin’s comments about getting rid of the federal school lunch program were contributed to his concerns.
“There are a lot of kids that are unfortunately living in poverty and don’t have what they need provided for them every day,” he said. “I don’t see that as a type of welfare. In a way, it’s a hand-up.”
Wyatt said his main reason for not choosing to endorse McCaskill is that she voted in support of the Affordable Care Act when 73 percent of her Missouri constituents voted against it.
“I can’t really forgive someone that votes against what their state believes,” he said.
When Wyatt campaigned, he said he focused on people having a voice in the government, something he thinks Dine will continue to strive to accomplish as well.
“He is what I believe is needed to make a good representative, a good Senator, in Washington D.C.,” Wyatt said. “He’s someone that can work with both sides.”
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