Chris Keniston was born in Washington DC, but as a military child, he moved with his family a total of three times before finally settling in a small town north of Pittsburgh following his father's honorable discharge from the military. After graduating from high school, he immediately began working at a variety of jobs (sometimes several at a time), lacking the resources to continue his education. He joined the US Air Force in 1996, following in his father's (and grandfather's) footsteps, and worked successfully in various aircraft maintenance roles that won him many decorations. This improved his financial situation, and during his service he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His military career ended when, like his father, he was honorably discharged, after which he completed post-graduate work and earned certification as a Maintenance and Reliability professional.
Keniston is strongly focused on job creation, believing it to be essential to American economic recovery. He calls for the stimulation of businesses to hire more through extensive tax reform. Specifically, Keniston calls for the outright abolition of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which introduced the income tax, and replacing that Amendment with a National Consumption Tax on non-essential items to be imposed only following the income tax's repeal. He contends that this will address unfairness in the existing tax code by increasing the spending power of lower-income earners and ensuring that all people pay a fair percentage of taxes on the goods they buy.
Though he is running as the nominee of the Veterans party (an avowed centrist organization), Keniston is sharply critical of Democratic President Obama's budget plans, which he believes call for unsustainable levels of spending. He is also displeased with Democratic plans to pay for these excesses, specifically rejecting any notion of an increase in the gasoline tax which has been suggested as tactically advisable in the midst of currently low gas prices.
Most of Keniston's positions carry mild right-wing tendencies, particularly as they relate to tax reform and the avoidance of any tax increases. However, his positions are far from extreme, and true to the principles of his party, are mostly centrist in nature. Those who consider both Republican and Democratic platforms to be excessive are most likely to be attracted to his platform.