In an article titled: Gary Johnson: Boldly going were no Libertarian has gone before? published in today’s Tuscon Citizen, reporter David Pinar writes:
Libertarian Party 2012 candidate for President Gary Johnson is finally getting some attention and, surprisingly, more and more supporters. I say “surprisingly” because while Libertarian candidates often do get some attention, it rarely translates to votes. 2008 Libertarian Presidential candidate Bob Barr received only .4% of the nationwide vote; that’s even less than the .56% Ralph Nader received. Barr’s vote total topped 1% in just one single state, Indiana, were he received 1.06%. In Arizona, Barr got only .547%, in Colorado only .454%. But recent polling has Gary Johnson getting 7% of the vote in Colorado. In Arizona, Johnson is pulling as much as 9% of the vote, and in his home state of New Mexico he gets 12% of the vote. So who exactly is Gary Johnson?
The author provides an excellent summary of Gary Johnson’s record as a Governor and outlines his “fiscal conservatism.”
While the author then expresses concern over Johnson’s proposed “balanced budget for 2013” and the impact of an immediate $1 trillion dollar reduction in federal spending (something, BTW, Governor Johnson has not, in this reporter’s experience, advocated — he wants Congress to start with the balanced budget and then fully debate and justify any spending beyond that), the other conclusions in this overall favorable article are:
. . . There is not a single word there I disagree with. Kudos to Mr. Johnson for being a true Libertarian when it comes to social issues.
. . . Hmmm . . . can’t find much to disagree with him there either.
and finally the concluding admonishment to his readers to:
If you can’t vote for Obama, instead of just voting for the lessor of two evils, take a look at Gary Johnson – at least you know where he stands. Can you say the same about Mitt Romney?
The complete article is available online at: