Over at the New York Times blog, The Caucus, Gary Johnson has been interviewed and delivers some key messages on the future of his candidacy. He also states how he feels about his nomination chances.
Q. How confident are you that you will get the Libertarian Party nomination for president?
A. I should get the nomination. I’ve been to 11 state conventions where there has been a debate among presidential candidates followed by a straw poll. And the worst I’ve done is 75 percent of the vote. So I’ve been vetted by the Libertarian Party.
Q. Do you think running first for the Republican nomination helped give you name recognition?
A. Yes. No, I do. The message is unchanged. It’s always been about the message. I think what I’m saying is similar to Ron Paul‘s. For all of what’s said about Ron Paul, support for Ron Paul has doubled from 2008. I don’t think that’s been really well recognized. When his candidacy comes to an end — and I’m believing he’s not going to be the nominee — then where does this message go from there? Well, in the context of being a messenger, I think he and I are saying the same thing. It’s better that he sticks in this and continues to talk about this up until the convention. I think that’s beneficial.
Johnson’s visits to eleven state conventions in which there were straw polls does stand in stark contrast to Bob Barr, who entered the race just prior to the 2008 convention.