Skip to comments.Longshot Republican candidate mulls third-party run [Gary Johnson]
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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Who is Gary Johnson???
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.
Running for president? I’ve never heard of the guy-—guess I’ve not been paying attention......
Gary Johnson who?
If he's lucky.
he’s the guy that made the “shovel ready” comment about his neighbors dogs in comparison to Obama’s shovel ready jobs.
Bummer dude. Ron Paul is going to run with Dennis Kucinich.
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.
Who is Gary Johnson???
Pass it on.... ; )
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.
I think Buddy Roemer is already lined up for the 3rd Party ticket. Johnson will have to settle for 4th Party. Maybe even 5th.
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.
Well... it two supporters will be glad to hear this news !
Libertine former Governor of some state called New Mexico.
Here he is on FOX News' "Red Eye" explaining why he favors government as nanny.
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.
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.
If it wasn't for us, you clod hoppers would have nowhere to go skiing. ;)
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
Maybe he can pick Fred Kugar, gay rights activist, as his running mate. lol. That oughtta boost their chances of being noticed.
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.
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.
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.
You forgot workout alot. The dude was a pretty fair triathlete back in the day. Climbed Everest too.
I think he is the guy who takes hits on the bong and wants to issue free bongs to everyone.
He’s a RINO/Liberal....3rd party would siphon Democrat voters, in his case. He belongs on the Left.
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.
Longshot? He’s a libertarian and Ron Paul already has that vote. This guy is far worse than longshot.
Alternate Headline: Candidate to give voters chance to not vote for him in November
Gary Johnson is a LIBRAL-trian. He has some nice ideas about taxes and smaller government, but he and Paul are crazy.
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.
Johnson, guaranteeing a second term for HUSSEIN.
Who was that SOB that elected frankenstein in Minnesota by running as a so called independent?
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.
he looks like condits younger brother
Any DNA left behind in Gary’s carpet? Paging John Kasich...
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10 votes the GOP candidate will not be getting
There is no way he can win anything. Dumb move.
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.
I heard him on WMAL’s “Morning Majority” a couple weeks ago.
He’s a Joke.
JOHN... never mind.
He’ll be running under the NORML party, since he’s for leagalizing pot.
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.
Gary Johnson's campaign manager: