Politico, Reason weigh in on Gary Johnson’s possible presidential race

Matthew Reichbach in The New Mexico Independent reports:

Last week, Politico profiled potential future New Mexico governor, and current lieutenant governor, Diane Denish. This week, the online news Web site profiled Gary Johnson, an ex-governor and potential future Presidential candidate.

“I’m finding myself really angry over spending and the deficit,” the libertarian Republican Johnson told Politico.

The Politico piece calls Johnson “the next Ron Paul,” referring to the libertarian Republican congressman from Texas who made an insurgent, but unsuccessful, run for the Republican presidential nomination. Johnson endorsed Paul last year.

Johnson is the honorary chairman of the Our America Initiative, and is being coy about a possible 2012 Presidential run, citing legal restrictions because of the 501(c)(4) status of the group.

However, he said that he will be seen in Iowa and New Hampshire, two key states for anyone looking at a Presidential run.

David Weigel, at our sister site, The Washington Independent, says he thinks Johnson “might be the best-liked politician among Paul supporters…”

Weigel also pointed us to this video of Johnson making a speech at the 2008 Rally for the Republic, held during the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis:

[p: The video does not seem to be showing up when I looked at the post here, but it is on the original NM Independent page linked above].

And in Reason Hit and Run, Matt Welch asks Gary Johnson: the “Next Ron Paul”?

Both Johnson and Paul either have been or are dues paying members of the Libertarian Party, and have support from many Libertarian Party members.

From Reason‘s Gary Johnson file: Jesse Walker flagged
the ex-gov’s possible 2012 aspirations in April.
Michael Lynch interviewed “America’s Most Dangerous Politician” in

January 2001 issue, and Jacob Sullum assessed his drug position
in 1999.
David Weigel flagged Johnson’s Paul endorsement in January
, and quoted him pooh-poohing Bill Richardson’s alleged
libertarian bonafides the
year before that
. More citations at
this link

Previous IPR coverage here and here.

7 thoughts on “Politico, Reason weigh in on Gary Johnson’s possible presidential race

  1. wesrulesdc

    Also quoted is the LP’s new ED:

    Wes Benedict, executive director of the Libertarian National Committee, said he suspects Johnson is trying to nudge the GOP closer to libertarianism.

    “It would not bother me one bit if both the Republican and Democratic parties move towards the Libertarian Party positions,” Benedict quipped. “If Johnson fails to convince Republican candidates to support ending the U.S. occupation of Iraq and to legalize marijuana, his results will probably benefit Libertarian Party candidates.”

  2. Gary Johnson 2012

    According to http://www.JohnsonForAmerica.com, Gary Johnson was known for:

    * Vetoing 750 bills (more than all the vetoes of the other 49 Governors combined).
    * Reducing taxes $123 million annually.
    * Cutting the rate of government growth in half.
    * Eliminating the state’s budget deficit.
    * Leaving the state government with 1200 fewer employees (without firing anyone).
    * Leaving the state government with all-time high bond ratings.
    * Enacting major welfare reform, which cut government welfare spending by 30%.
    * Shifting state Medicaid to managed care.
    * Bringing the New Mexico state government and the Navajo nation leadership together to finally resolve century-old disputes over water, gaming, and other issues.
    * Privatizing half of the prisons in the state.
    * Shooting down campaign finance legislation.
    * Increasing the percentage of the budget devoted to improving the state’s education system.
    * Repealing the Little Davis-Bacon Act, thereby allowing non-unionized labor the ability to be employed in construction of new schools and other public works.
    * Overseeing the construction of 500 miles of new, four-lane highway (designed, financed, built, and guaranteed by the private sector).
    * Running 100% positive campaigns, never mentioning his opponents once in print or ads.
    * Coming from outside of politics with no political machine behind him to beat a former Republican Governor in the Republican primaries and then unseat an incumbent Democrat Governor in the general election by a 10 point victory margin, even at a time when Democrats outnumbered Republicans 2-1 in the state.

  3. Gene Berkman

    I supported Ron Paul in 2008, but I find Gary Johnson a more attractive candidate for several reasons.

    Gary Johnson is younger and shares the experiences of my generation.

    I agree with Gov. Johnson’s position on immigration much more than the restrictionist approach Ron Paul takes these days.

    I also am more comfortable with Gary Johnson’s stated position on abortion.

    A Gary Johnson campaign would be more focused on domestic issues than foreign policy, and that too is more appropriate for opposing President Obama in 2012

    But even if Gary Johnson does not run, his Our America Initiative is another campaign in support of libertarian views and libertarian candidates. We need libertarians in Congress even more than we need a losing Presidential campaign.

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