This article ran as a featured story in Raw Story, August 29, 2012Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson (R-NM) threw his hat in the Republican ring during the primary season — but, unlike candidates like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MO), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and never-elected businessman Herman Cain, he got no support from his party, was excluded from the debates and found himself in the position of either quietly withdrawing or giving his own party’s eventual candidate a run for his money. He chose the latter, and is now the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee. He talked to Raw Story about the primary, debate and presidential ballot process and how it’s totally stacked against third party candidates.
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Raw Story: You were the Republican governor of a state, and now the Libertarian candidate. Did it surprise you that that’s the way it played out in this election cycle?
Johnson: Yeah. I thought I would get a fair shake by Republicans, and I wasn’t given a fair shake at all. Although, having been the governor of New Mexico for two terms, I was completely outside of politics prior to running for governor of New Mexico. But the Republican party of New Mexico was totally inclusive. They included me in everything, they said, “Hey, we’re going to give you a seat at the table, you can make your case. You just need to know you’ll never get elected, And by never get elected, you know, the state’s 2-to-1 Democratic so it’s just not going to happen. But have at it, we think you’re great. You can hack away, and see what happens.” But that didn’t happen nationally.
It’s not a fair process. I am surprised. Naively, I thought it would be a fair process. But it wasn’t. It was anything but.
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