Napolitano on Gary Johnson

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst, in a Thursday (12 July 2012) afternoon Freedom Fest presentation titled, “A Government of Waste and Lawlessness” made the following comments regarding Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson:

34:30: “I’m going to really go off script for a minute. . . .

There’s really no script; there’s just a note telling me I’m talking too long.


There is a person in this room, who I must invite to the attention of everyone, because he has the courage to stand in front of the establishment and say, “Enough is enough!”

Whether he wins or loses in his latest quest to set you free, he is a figure of historical significance and profound contemporary interest. He was once called, “Governor No!” when he said to the legislature of his state, “You are not going to interfere with commercial transactions that are voluntarily entered into.”

Maybe . . . who knows . . . after this campaign, or the next one, he might be in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Former New Mexico Governor, whose sandal straps I am unworthy to fasten, who will speak here tomorrow (sic) at 10:30, Governor Gary Johnson.

(Gary stands, applause.)

That’s what we should be doing. Challenging the establishment, reminding them that there is a Constitution and a Declaration of Independence that put restrictions on the government.”

(Governor Johnson is speaking tomorrow — Saturday July 14th 2012, at 10:30 am — two days after Judge Napolitano’s remarks above.)

IPR intends to BLOG Governor Johnson’s speech LIVE.  (Live video and/or audio is not possible.)

18 thoughts on “Napolitano on Gary Johnson

  1. George Whitfield

    Hooray for Judge Napolitano. He is very well respected in the libertarian community and his enthusiastic endorsement of Gary Johnson is great news.

  2. George Whitfield

    Joe, was this from a tape of Judge Napolitano’s presentation? I want to spread the good news but when I do I will immediately be questioned about its source and authenticity so want to be ready to provide this information. Thank you.

  3. Oranje Mike

    I’m not going to hold my breath but an endorsement from Dr. Paul would be epic.

  4. paulie

    I’ve read on past threads that Ron Paul can’t endorse Johnson because he has signed a pledge not to endorse any pro-choice candidates. He may also not want to do anything to hurt Rand Paul’s chances in 2016, and Jesse Benton has said there is no chance Dr. Paul could endorse Johnson.

    On the other hand, Ron Paul also did say that he couldn’t imagine endorsing another Republican besides Johnson back when Johnson was running for the Republican nomination. Hopefully he will stick with that and not endorse Romney.

    I think the most likely thing – and the best we can realistically hope for – is that Ron Paul will keep his presidential preference to himself in the general election.

  5. Hardy Macia

    @7 Paulie it was the Susan B Anthony candidates pledge that Paul signed and it only applies if he gets elected President. If Paul isn’t in the race anymore it doesn’t restrict him from endorsing Johnson.

    SBA candidate pledge:
    if elected President, candidates will:

    • Only nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench;

    • Select pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Department of Justice;

    • Advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;

    •Advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.

  6. Chuck Moulton

    I’m glad the Judge is praising Johnson, but this doesn’t seem like an endorsement to me. I’d expect an endorsement to say the endorser is voting for the candidate and encourages others to do the same.

  7. George Whitfield

    Thanks for the information. I posted an article on the Daily Paul. Judge Napolitano is highly respected by most Ron Paul supporters.

  8. paulie

    Suggestions for improvement welcome

    Re: Ron Paul Outreach

    — In, “reedebarb” wrote:
    > I am the Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Louisiana for those of you who
    don’t know. I was searching for ideas to reach out to Ron Paul supporters. I
    have been meeting with Ron Paul leaders under the radar in North Louisiana and
    have gotten a great deal of information I could have never dreamed of getting
    otherwise. Any other ideas?

    Here is a sample script provided by Humongous Fungus. Other ideas welcome.


    It is foolish for Ron Paul supporters not to have a plan B for November even if
    you think Ron Paul still has a chance to win the Republican nomination – it is
    good to anticipate and plan for what happens if he doesn’t.

    Johnson is organizing from scratch with very little resources to even get the
    message out. He needs your help now or he will be that much further behind by
    the time Romney officially wins the nomination.

    And supporting Romney should not even be considered. He is for war, bailouts,
    Romneycare…I could go on and on and on.

    There should not even be a question that if Ron Paul is not the Republican
    nominee that Johnson is much better than Romney.

    You do realize there is only 2 months between the Republican nomination and the
    election? Not much time to organize anything?

    That’s fine for Romney, he already has “universal” name recognition and plenty
    of money.

    Johnson has none of that. So let’s say we are right and Romney wins the nom (Ron
    Paul himself has already said there will not be enough Paul delegates to stop
    Romney from getting the nomination).

    What’s your next move then?

    Will there be enough time to organize a Johnson support campaign then? It would
    definitely be too late to help him get in the debate since that is based on
    September polls. If there is a chance that could still happen it would take Ron
    Paul supporters pushing Johnson as plan B right now, and even then it would be
    an extreme long shot.


    You may also want to then throw in an offer to support Ron Paul if he wins the
    Republican nomination. Since we know that he actually will not win the
    Republican nomination that won’t cost you anything.

    Some other things that may help:

    * Ron Paul said of Johnson “I can’t imagine endorsing anyone else” – this was
    when Johnson was running against Paul for the Republican nomination but you
    don’t have to point that out.

    * Judge Napolitano has allegedly just endorsed Johnson. Waiting on confirmation.

    * A lot of Ron Paul fans are also Jesse Ventura and Alex Jones fans, both of
    whom have endorsed Johnson.

    * If they bring up the “fair” tax – I am not a fan of that myself – tell them
    Ron Paul has said he would vote for it if it comes up for a vote in Congress.

    * If they say Johnson is pro-war or pro-fed, have some quotes ready (from and the campaign website among other places).

    Any other questions or ideas?

  9. Joe Buchman

    George @ 4.

    It is a transcript of the audio from the Freedom Fest CD I purchased earlier today. Session number 12-100.

    Website on the form is listed as:

    Looks like the 2011 audio is available there. I imagine 2012 audio will be available soon.

  10. Mike Kane

    The Ron Paul plan B for most is writing him in. Unfortunately in most states, a write in for Ron Paul is just as effective as a write in for Superman, Ronald McDonald, or the Cookie Monster. The reason is because most states look at a write in vote and put it in the write in category, effectively nullifying a vote for a particular candidate.

    I think this is an important thing to stress to all Ron Paul supporters.

    I won’t share my feelings about the “You are not going to interfere with commercial transactions that are voluntarily entered into.”.

  11. Thane Eichenauer

    “The Ron Paul plan B for most is writing him in.”
    This may be the most often mentioned plan B for many Ron Paul supporters but I imagine that as Tuesday, November 6th approaches that rather few Ron Paul supporters will actually be writing in Ron Paul’s name.
    I personally believe that much of the Ron Paul movement has been without a goal since Rand Paul indicated his support for Romney on June 7th. The official Ron Paul campaign doesn’t have any notable immediate goal at this point that any Ron Paul movement supporter cares about (a speech at the convention isn’t likely to make any lasting waves once the Republican convention is over).
    I think that all individual Ron Paul supporters are now open to being persuaded to support any given Libertarian campaign given the amorphous nature of the current official Ron Paul campaign goals.

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