Republican Gary Johnson Running For President In 2012

johnsonprez The Raw Story reports:

Former Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM) announced Thursday morning that he’s running for president in 2012, adding a fresh libertarian perspective to a field of candidates touting their social conservative credentials.

The ex-governor is perhaps best known in recent years as an outspoken opponent of the drug war who believes marijuana should be legalized. He’s in favor of same sex marriage, saying it would reflect America’s commitment to “freedom” and “liberty.” And he wants to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Johnson, a long-shot at best for the GOP nomination, first made the announcement on Twitter, following it with a series of tweets previewing his campaign platform.

“Ready for smaller government? More liberty and personal freedom,” he tweeted. “Right now, we need to fix the fiscal mess. The writing of a financial collapse is on the wall. Balance the federal budget tomorrow.”

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  • Prose Stylist

    I saw this guys speech at cpac and liked what he had to say. Good to see a fiscal conservative on the cards.

  • Prose Stylist

    I saw this guys speech at cpac and liked what he had to say. Good to see a fiscal conservative on the cards.

  • Anonymous

    Laying my own views on government and my preferences aside I don’t see him being able to win.

    His social positions alone would almost certainly not allow him to win a Republican primary. Social conservatives dominate the Republican primary process and I do not see a large enough swell of libertarians voting in the Repub. primaries to overtake that.

    Secondly he sounds too much like Ron Paul. I do not mean that to be an insult or a complement, just an observation. If Ron Paul runs again on the Republican ticket he is who the majority of libertarians would be most likely to vote for. Paul is experienced in the game, has a large established base to draw from and larger name recognition.
    If Paul does not run the libertarian voter base is likely to see some apathy at the polls and while many may vote for Johnson as we have seen before libertarians even with apathy not an issue in voting still do not have the numbers to nominate a candidate with an (R) beside their name.

    The Tea Party would also not be likely to effect the numbers of a libertarian sounding candidate either as most tea party members as shown in polls are not 1st time voters and the tea party is made up of almost entirely voters who consistently have voted Republican in the past anyway. Despite many tea party members who say they are focused strictly on fiscal issues when polling members it is clear that there are large portions and in some areas the majority of the tea party (mostly depending on geographic area) members focus heavily on social issues.

    When all is said and done the Republican voter base (tea party, libertarians, social conservatives, and party line Repubs.) will turn out to vote in 2012 in vastly similar ratios as they have in the past.

  • hunter349

    Laying my own views on government and my preferences aside I don’t see him being able to win.

    His social positions alone would almost certainly not allow him to win a Republican primary. Social conservatives dominate the Republican primary process and I do not see a large enough swell of libertarians voting in the Repub. primaries to overtake that.

    Secondly he sounds too much like Ron Paul. I do not mean that to be an insult or a complement, just an observation. If Ron Paul runs again on the Republican ticket he is who the majority of libertarians would be most likely to vote for. Paul is experienced in the game, has a large established base to draw from and larger name recognition.
    If Paul does not run the libertarian voter base is likely to see some apathy at the polls and while many may vote for Johnson as we have seen before libertarians even with apathy not an issue in voting still do not have the numbers to nominate a candidate with an (R) beside their name.

    The Tea Party would also not be likely to effect the numbers of a libertarian sounding candidate either as most tea party members as shown in polls are not 1st time voters and the tea party is made up of almost entirely voters who consistently have voted Republican in the past anyway. Despite many tea party members who say they are focused strictly on fiscal issues when polling members it is clear that there are large portions and in some areas the majority of the tea party (mostly depending on geographic area) members focus heavily on social issues.

    When all is said and done the Republican voter base (tea party, libertarians, social conservatives, and party line Repubs.) will turn out to vote in 2012 in vastly similar ratios as they have in the past.

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