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Longshot Republican candidate mulls third-party run [Gary Johnson]
Yahoo ^ | 11/26/11

Posted on 11/26/2011 3:38:31 PM PST by freespirited

Disgruntled former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson says he is considering leaving the Republican slate and running as a third-party candidate in the 2012 presidential election.

"I feel abandoned by the Republican Party," Johnson, who has been left out of most of the Republican debates, told the Sante Fe New Mexican newspaper this week, saying he might seek the Libertarian Party's support.

"The Republican Party has left me by the wayside," said Johnson, whose polling numbers have recently been so low that they are often not even being picked up by pollsters.

"If I'd have been included in 16 of the last debates we wouldn't even be having this conversation," he said.

While the Libertarians are on the ballot in every state, Johnson acknowledged that the party, which espouse freedom of expression and action, had never received more than one percent of the nationwide vote.

Johnson, 58, holds dear libertarian values such as low taxes and limited government and wants to legalize marijuana.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: garyjohnson; libertarianparty
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1 posted on 11/26/2011 3:38:33 PM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Who is Gary Johnson???


2 posted on 11/26/2011 3:39:55 PM PST by Apollo5600 (Cain 2012)
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To: freespirited

Oh no. He will get .0000002 percent of the vote. Let him do it. I completely forgot about him even running. He is hardly a burp.


3 posted on 11/26/2011 3:40:25 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: freespirited

Running for president? I’ve never heard of the guy-—guess I’ve not been paying attention......


4 posted on 11/26/2011 3:40:33 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: freespirited

Gary Johnson who?


5 posted on 11/26/2011 3:40:47 PM PST by svcw (God's Grace - thank you!)
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To: freespirited

Whoooooo? LOL.


6 posted on 11/26/2011 3:40:50 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: napscoordinator
He will get .0000002 percent of the vote.

If he's lucky.

7 posted on 11/26/2011 3:42:34 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Pimp your blog for hits on Free Republic!)
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To: Apollo5600

he’s the guy that made the “shovel ready” comment about his neighbors dogs in comparison to Obama’s shovel ready jobs.


8 posted on 11/26/2011 3:42:35 PM PST by Qwackertoo (New Day In America November 03, 2010)
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To: freespirited

Bummer dude. Ron Paul is going to run with Dennis Kucinich.


9 posted on 11/26/2011 3:43:19 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: freespirited; napscoordinator

just so you know, the Ron Paul fans that email me always include him as someone they would vote for. Ron Paul says he “has no intention” of a third party run. Could be that his supporters would push Gary as a third party candidate with as much force as a Ron Paul third party run. Don’t underestimate them, they are certain that without Ron Paul or Gary Johnson, the nation goes under. These are desperate times.


10 posted on 11/26/2011 3:46:07 PM PST by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: freespirited
This is a joke right?
11 posted on 11/26/2011 3:46:43 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: freespirited

Gary who??


12 posted on 11/26/2011 3:48:25 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Apollo5600
Who is Gary Johnson???

Who is Gary Johnson???

Pass it on.... ; )

13 posted on 11/26/2011 3:50:10 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: napscoordinator

Libertarians have routinely been known to take the margin of victory between GOP and Democrat candidates. Running as a Libertarian, Bob Barr gave both Indiana and North Carolina to Zero in 2008 (IN hadn’t gone Dem in a Presidential race since 1964). In the race for the seat Gabby Giffords holds in AZ, she only defeated Republican Jesse Kelly with a mere plurality in 2010.

Gary Johnson could prevent the Republican candidate from winning New Mexico (which is a state we need to win), even if he only got, say 5% or so, which he probably will.


14 posted on 11/26/2011 3:50:31 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: freespirited

I think Buddy Roemer is already lined up for the 3rd Party ticket. Johnson will have to settle for 4th Party. Maybe even 5th.


15 posted on 11/26/2011 3:50:57 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Apollo5600
Who is Gary Johnson???

He is a former Governor of New Mexico and a champion of Constitutionalism and personal freedom.

His stance on legalizing most drugs, particularly marijuana, has alienated him and made him the undeserved target of ridicule. Still, he certainly deserves a place in the debates, where even Ron Paul is included, and candidates like Santorum, who never poll over 2%, are welcomed.

IMO, it truly sucks that he has been systematically excluded from the debates and political conversation. He is at least as qualified, by experience, as most of the other Republican hopefuls. I personally admire the man, but would like to know more about his foreign policy stance. His libertarian leanings might make him isolationist, but that is not a given. If anyone knows more about Governor Johnson, please post.

16 posted on 11/26/2011 3:51:57 PM PST by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Crony Capitalism & Union boot-licking Marxist politicians are our undoing.)
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To: freespirited

lol

Well... it two supporters will be glad to hear this news !

lol


17 posted on 11/26/2011 3:52:12 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (I had considered voting for Gingrich... but on second thought ... it would not be "humane")
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To: Apollo5600
Who is Gary Johnson???

Libertine former Governor of some state called New Mexico.

Here he is on FOX News' "Red Eye" explaining why he favors government as nanny.


Big Bro vs. Big Mac

18 posted on 11/26/2011 3:52:22 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: freespirited

Hell, I’m a Republican too. And I’ve been left out of EVERY DEBATE. I simply don’t know how long I can put up with it. I may have to also run Third Party.


19 posted on 11/26/2011 3:52:56 PM PST by BobL (Send Rove a Message, VOTE CAIN, no matter what)
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To: All

Successful businessman, 2 term Republican Governor of New Mexico, vetoed 800 bills out of the Democrat controlled legislature, and left the state with a multi-hundred million dollar surplus that Richardson promptly squandered.

Not terribly conservative socially, favors some drug legalization, and is pro-choice.

Nice enough guy, my wife knew him back in her triathlon days.


20 posted on 11/26/2011 3:53:31 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Texas Eagle
some state called New Mexico

If it wasn't for us, you clod hoppers would have nowhere to go skiing. ;)

21 posted on 11/26/2011 3:55:26 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Apollo5600

Who is Gary Johnson???


To imitate Gary Johnson, do the following:

1. Take a bong hit
2. Mess up the hair
3. Display shifty eyes
4. Act like you don’t want to be there
5. Take another bong hit
6. Jabber about senseless things


22 posted on 11/26/2011 3:55:59 PM PST by Kolath
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To: freespirited

Maybe he can pick Fred Kugar, gay rights activist, as his running mate. lol. That oughtta boost their chances of being noticed.


23 posted on 11/26/2011 3:57:02 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Bob Barr gave both Indiana and North Carolina to Zero in 2008

Crap. I didn’t know that. Your right. We must stop this guy from running. Maybe he is mulling it over right now and won’t. Thanks for the info. I can’t believe it.


24 posted on 11/26/2011 3:57:58 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: freespirited

Another question is HOW the Libertarian is on the ballot in all 50 states when its vote totals are far below the threashhold to gain ballot positions in many states.


25 posted on 11/26/2011 3:58:18 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

He’s a fiscal conservative also. Left New Mexico well in the black, and refused to bloat government with “make work” type jobs. He’s well thought of here, in contrast to his successor. Is seen from time to time around town since he’s a cyclist/runner type.


26 posted on 11/26/2011 3:59:11 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Kolath

You forgot workout alot. The dude was a pretty fair triathlete back in the day. Climbed Everest too.


27 posted on 11/26/2011 3:59:14 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Apollo5600

I think he is the guy who takes hits on the bong and wants to issue free bongs to everyone.


28 posted on 11/26/2011 4:00:41 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Texas Eagle
he looks like condit’s younger brother
29 posted on 11/26/2011 4:01:33 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: freespirited

He’s a RINO/Liberal....3rd party would siphon Democrat voters, in his case. He belongs on the Left.


30 posted on 11/26/2011 4:01:43 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: SpaceBar

Good skier too. Not a bad guy, good local politician, wouldn’t give typical pol answers when on local talk radio.

Pity he’s not at the debates, he doesn’t have much of a chance, but he’d bring up issues the others don’t want to discuss.


31 posted on 11/26/2011 4:02:59 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: freespirited

Longshot? He’s a libertarian and Ron Paul already has that vote. This guy is far worse than longshot.


32 posted on 11/26/2011 4:04:21 PM PST by umgud
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To: Tijeras_Slim
If it wasn't for us, you clod hoppers would have nowhere to go skiing. ;)

Heh, heh.

33 posted on 11/26/2011 4:04:58 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: freespirited

Alternate Headline: Candidate to give voters chance to not vote for him in November


34 posted on 11/26/2011 4:08:52 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: freespirited; All

Gary Johnson is a LIBRAL-trian. He has some nice ideas about taxes and smaller government, but he and Paul are crazy.


35 posted on 11/26/2011 4:09:09 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (Cain/West 2012....what would the RACISTS LIBERALS say???)
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To: napscoordinator

He’s popular among libertarians. If the Ron Paul people don’t like the GOP nominee, they could bolt to Johnson if he runs.

That will make it harder for the GOP to beat Obama.


36 posted on 11/26/2011 4:11:41 PM PST by floridarunner01
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To: freespirited

Johnson, guaranteeing a second term for HUSSEIN.


37 posted on 11/26/2011 4:12:33 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: rockabyebaby

Who was that SOB that elected frankenstein in Minnesota by running as a so called independent?


38 posted on 11/26/2011 4:21:03 PM PST by oldtimer (uee)
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To: rockabyebaby

Gary Johnson is more of a liberaltarian than the GOP is, right there with Wrong Paul I’m sure.

He was never going to be a serious GOP candidate.


39 posted on 11/26/2011 4:21:46 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: paul51

he looks like condit’s younger brother

Any DNA left behind in Gary’s carpet? Paging John Kasich...


40 posted on 11/26/2011 4:24:05 PM PST by Froggie (uires)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...

NM list PING! Click on the flag to go to the Free Republic New Mexico message page.

(The NM list is available on my FR homepage for anyone to use. Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list. )

41 posted on 11/26/2011 4:28:59 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: oldtimer

Dean barkley.


42 posted on 11/26/2011 4:35:58 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: freespirited

10 votes the GOP candidate will not be getting


43 posted on 11/26/2011 4:44:17 PM PST by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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To: freespirited

There is no way he can win anything. Dumb move.


44 posted on 11/26/2011 4:47:50 PM PST by Paperdoll (on the cutting edge)
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To: freespirited

Who is this Gary Johnson going to attract? Certainly not disgruntled Ron Paul supporters, and probably zero Obamabots. Maybe somewhere in that “mushy middle” there is a kindred soul that coud be attracted to the shining charisma of Gary Johnson, or maybe only because that supporter has the same name.

Go away and let the adults get on with the serious business of screening potential candidates for the position of US President.


45 posted on 11/26/2011 4:48:33 PM PST by alloysteel (Are Democrats truly "better angels"? They are lousy stewards for America.)
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To: freespirited

I heard him on WMAL’s “Morning Majority” a couple weeks ago.

He’s a Joke.

Total Liberal.

Pitiful man.


46 posted on 11/26/2011 4:53:01 PM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: freespirited

JOHNSON/HUNTSMAN

JOHNSON/HUNTSMAN

JOHN... never mind.


47 posted on 11/26/2011 5:18:40 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: freespirited

He’ll be running under the NORML party, since he’s for leagalizing pot.


48 posted on 11/26/2011 5:25:55 PM PST by stratman1969 (Anyone but Obama or Romney in 2012)
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To: oldtimer
Who was that SOB that elected frankenstein in Minnesota by running as a so called independent?

Exactly, and worse, who were the 3,000 morons who voted for him? If it hadn't been for those 3,000 "third party" voters, this country would not be stuck with Obama care right now.

Votes matter and they matter a lot. There is nothing virtuous about voting "third party" unless you're a Greenie, or other left-wing voter, then be my guest.

49 posted on 11/26/2011 5:25:58 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: freespirited
Gary Johnson's theme song.

Gary Johnson's campaign manager:

50 posted on 11/26/2011 5:34:34 PM PST by iowamark (Rick Perry says I'm heartless.)
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