INDIANAPOLIS — The Libertarian Party candidate who finished third in Indiana's 2012 U.S. Senate race is running again — this time as a Republican.

Andrew Horning, of Freedom, Indiana, announced Thursday that he's entering the Republican Senate contest because he's unable to find any substantive differences between the five other contenders, and believes Hoosier GOP voters deserve an unique choice.

Horning said if elected he will act to reaffirm the Constitution, as written, as the supreme law of the land; rescind constitutional authorization for the federal income tax; prohibit "pork" spending targeted at specific local projects; and impose legislative and judicial term limits.

Looking abroad, Horning wants to "stand down our global military industrial empire." At home, he suggests requiring every federal agency, program and law to automatically expire after 10 years.

"Our laws must be simple enough to understand, few enough to know and important enough to enforce without classes or exceptions," Horning said.

Horning is the only Republican Senate candidate to have previously competed against the likely Democratic nominee, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., receiving nearly 6 percent of the vote in the 2012 Senate contest.

More recently, Horning garnered less than 5 percent of the vote in his 2014 and 2016 Libertarian Party bids to represent southwestern Indiana in the U.S. House.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.