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  • Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson thinks there’s a good case for banning cigarettes

    09/17/2016 10:30:15 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 87 replies
    POLITICO ^ | September 15, 2016 | Ben Birnbaum
    There had also been an eye-opening moment on the streets of Cleveland during the Republican National Convention, when [Johnson and I had] been walking behind a cigarette-wielding Ohioan. As the smoker’s exhaust wafted in our faces, I remarked offhand that—with the advent of e-cigarettes—I thought there was a good libertarian case for banning regular cigarettes. “I do too,” replied the health-obsessed triathlete, recounting his support for anti-smoking efforts in New Mexico.
  • Gary Johnson's debate prospects dim

    09/15/2016 6:55:27 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 28 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 09/14/2016 | Steven Shepard
    Gary Johnson’s hopes of earning an invitation to the Sept. 26 debate are all but extinguished. The door is about to close on Gary Johnson. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has set a “mid-September” deadline for Johnson and the other third-party candidates to meet three criteria to qualify for the first debate later this month: “evidence of constitutional eligibility,” “evidence of ballot access” and “indicators of electoral support.” Johnson clearly meets the first two qualifications: A two-term former governor of New Mexico, Johnson is a citizen and older than 35 years of age. And the Johnson campaign said Wednesday...
  • Star Trek: The Libertarian Edition

    09/14/2016 8:18:16 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 7, 2016 | ReasonTV
    Their mission: to seek out new life and new civilizations, and leave them alone. Trade with them if they want, but mostly leave them the hell alone.
  • Smerconish: Lie to Pollsters to Help Libertarian Ticket

    09/11/2016 6:35:57 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 11, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Michael Smerconish wants to help the Libertarian presidential ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld participate in the presidential (and vice-presidential) debates. The big problem is that the Libertarians must show they have reached a level of 15% support in an average of five national polls and they aren't there yet. Therefore Michael Smerconish has an idea for his viewers: lie like hell. I kid you not. Smerconish made this unique suggestion on his CNN show on Saturday. His idea is that if a pollster contacts you that you should lie and tell him that you support Gary Johnson for...
  • Polls Show Gary Johnson Hurts Hillary More Than Trump – MSM Jump Into Action

    09/08/2016 10:15:00 PM PDT · by onyx · 38 replies
    Sometimes you just have to laugh. However, it really sucks to be Gary Johnson right now.Poll after poll is showing presidential candidate Gary Johnson in the race hurts Hillary Clinton more than Donald Trump. And you know what that means?Yup, time for the MSM to wage a thermonuclear media operation against the guy.If only Gary Johnson was hurting Donald Trump instead of Hillary Clinton the media would have brushed the flub under the rug. Alas… VIDEO
  • Libertarian Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?'

    09/08/2016 8:59:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/8/2016 | Susan Jones
    A moment of stunned silence on the MSNBC "Morning Joe" set this morning, when Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson asked, "What is Aleppo?" "Morning Joe' contributor Mike Barnicle asked Johnson, "What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo?" "About?" Johnson said. "Aleppo," Barnicle repeated. "And what is Aleppo?" Johnson asked.
  • Gary Johnson's MSNBC appearance just brought the 'Libertarian moment' to a screeching halt

    09/08/2016 8:48:37 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/08/16 | Dan Calabrese
    "What is a leppo?" I’ve made no secret that I have a lot of sympathy for the strict constructionist leanings of many Libertarians. I would argue, much to the chagrin of social conservatives, that they’re right more often than they wrong. The problem is that they simply can’t get their act together as a party. Part of that is because a good chunk of them are really just closet Democrats trying to legalize weed, and part of it is because they don’t have the organization, money, and media clout to get over the metaphorical hump. This year was thought by...
  • Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?'

    09/08/2016 5:16:21 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 79 replies
    Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?' Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, does not know what Aleppo is. Asked on Wednesday's "Morning Joe" what he would do if elected president about the city in Syria at the center of the refugee crisis, Johnson earnestly asked what Aleppo is even. "And what is Aleppo?" Johnson said. "You're kidding me," Mike Barnicle responded, who asked the question. Barnicle then began to explain what Aleppo is to the candidate. "OK, got it, got it," Johnson cut him off, and then added, "With regard to Syria I do think it's a mess. I think that...
  • Abe Lincoln Trashes Clinton and Trump in This Insane Ad for Libertarian Gary Johnson

    09/02/2016 7:51:28 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 19 replies
    ADWEEK ^ | August 29, 2016 | T. L. Stanley
    And now for something completely different in an election season dominated by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—a political ad starring "Dead Abe Lincoln" telling voters they "just got screwed" by the two-party system. "What Abe Lincoln prophesied about Trump and Hillary," created on a shoestring budget by viral video mavens the Harmon Brothers, touts Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in a push to have the former New Mexico governor included in the upcoming presidential debates. Funded by Alternative PAC, a Johnson supporter, the five-minute video also promotes a movement called Balanced Rebellion, which, Abe says, "is like Tinder but not gross,"...
  • Libertarian VP Candidate William F. Weld Continues to be Anti-Gun

    09/01/2016 10:50:18 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 42 replies
    National Rifle Association ^ | August 26, 2016 | NRA-ILA
    As governor of Massachusetts, William Weld supported various gun control schemes, including a ban on semi-automatic firearms. Unfortunately, and despite being the Libertarian candidate for vice president, Weld continues his anti-gun ways. In July 2016, while NRA and other groups concerned with civil liberties were hard at work fighting legislation that would have stripped Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process based merely on their placement on a secret government watch list, Weld expressed support for such measures. In an interview with the Washington Post Editorial Board, Weld said of watch list gun control legislation: I think the...
  • Gary Johnson: We need a path to citizenship and calling illegals “illegal” is “very incendiary”

    08/31/2016 9:57:57 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 61 replies
    HotAir ^ | 08/31/2016 | Allahpundit
    A golden moment from his interview with our Townhall cousin, Guy Benson. Watch him get genuinely pissy at around 4:00 when Guy, very politely, presses him on why the term “illegal” is so troubling. What we’re left with here is a third-party candidate who’s hyper-libertarian on immigration, of all issues, but not so libertarian on, for example, a carbon tax or whether business owners should be forced to cater gay weddings. That’s his pitch to conservatives who have been alienated by Trump: Possibly some new taxes, certainly less religious liberty, and all the amnesty you can eat. There’s no reason...
  • Gary Johnson and Bill Weld Presidential Campaign Dragging Libertarianism Through the Mud

    08/29/2016 4:19:10 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 21 replies
    Ron Paul Institute ^ | August 28, 2016 | RPI Staff
    Ron Paul Institute Senior Fellow Adam Dick, in a Wake Up Call Podcast interview posted on Friday, argues that Libertarian Party presidential and vice-presidential nominees Gary Johnson and Bill Weld have drug the term “libertarian” through the mud with their advocacy of anti-libertarian positions on matters ranging from their choices for Supreme Court appointments to PATRIOT Act reauthorization to foreign intervention to the use of terror watch lists to outlaw people possessing guns. Dick addresses the Libertarian presidential ticket during an in-depth discussion of his new book, A Tipping Point for Liberty: Exposing and Defeating Leviathan Government. During Dick’s...
  • Greenfield: Gary Johnson's 75%

    08/21/2016 12:18:34 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 17 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | 8/20/16 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, August 18, 2016 Gary Johnson's Seventy-Five Percent Posted by Daniel Greenfield This is the summer of Gary Johnson. The former New Mexico governor who has been steadily drifting left over his career is now doing his best to make Hillary Clinton into President Hillary Clinton. Back in 1999, Johnson rejected overtures from the Libertarian Party for a presidential run. “I'm a Republican, and I'm not going to run for President.'” Both parts of that statement proved to be lies. Libertarian and non-libertarian supporters see a principled politician in Gary Johnson. But Johnson has always been a political chameleon, shifting...
  • Sharpton Frets that Gary Johnson Is ‘Taking Votes from Hillary Clinton’

    08/14/2016 9:47:00 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 14, 2016 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    The Libertarian Party candidate for president, Gary Johnson, joined Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation Sunday to discuss the prospects of a third party’s chances of success in 2016. But Sharpton’s real goal seemed to be to defend Hillary Clinton and discredit Libertarians by asking Johnson, “Do you ever have any slight fear even that you may be taking votes from Hillary Clinton and helping to elect Donald Trump?”But before Sharpton’s blatant shilling for Clinton he took shots at the Libertarian Party in ways that seemed to be designed to discredit them. “Now I couldn’t help but notice you’ve talked about...
  • Libertarians working to get Gary Johnson on Ohio ballot

    08/12/2016 11:05:48 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 54 replies
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – While Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is set to appear on ballots in at least 39 states, swing state Ohio is among the places where his supporters are still working to get the former New Mexico governor’s name out to voters this fall. Whether he’s successful could make a difference to Republicans, particularly the fortunes of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who is in a close race in the state with Democrat Hillary Clinton. Johnson on the ballot could complicate the Ohio race for Trump if conservatives who want a smaller government want a choice other than...
  • Hillary Clinton Campaign Says She Would Reschedule Marijuana

    08/11/2016 7:34:59 PM PDT · by drewh · 38 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 11, 2016 | Daniel White
    <p>Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to reschedule marijuana if she is elected in November, according to a statement issued by the campaign.</p>
  • Romney, McCain, Bush, other major Republicans Set to Endorse Libertarian Gary Johnson for President

    08/06/2016 4:23:23 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 180 replies
    The Santa Monica Observer ^ | August 6, 2016 | Stan Greene
    Mitt Romney, George Bush 41 and George Bush 43, as well as other mainstream Republican party figures, are set to endorse Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson next week, say sources within the "Never Trump" movement and other disaffected Republicans. Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico, is known for having balanced the budget during his 8 year tenure. The Libertarian's Vice presidential running mate is also a former Republican governor, William Weld of Massachusetts.
  • Libertarians who aren’t

    08/05/2016 7:48:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/05/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and his veep, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld There are small-L libertarians who believe in liberty and then there are big-L libertarians, also known as Libertarians, who believe in the Libertarian Party. The Libertarian Party presidential ticket this year consists of two former Republicans, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and his veep, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.
  • Libertarians to make their case at CNN town hall

    08/03/2016 6:20:19 PM PDT · by Son House · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | August 3, 2016 | By Eli Watkins
    Two former Republican governors turned Libertarians have emerged as an unlikely wild card in an unpredictable election year. On Wednesday evening, voters will get a closer look as Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson and his running mate, Bill Weld, appear live on CNN for their second town hall.
  • Top libertarian legal scholars: Johnson and Weld are moderates, not libertarians

    08/01/2016 3:49:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    RedState ^ | July 29, 2016 | southernconstitutionalist
    Even if you only occasionally frequent law commentary online, you have probably heard of Ilya Shapiro of the CATO Institute, as he is one of the most prominent voices on libertarian perspectives on the law today. Shapiro took it upon himself to respond ... to recent comments made by Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson and his running mate, Bill Weld.