(The following was originally published in The Wall Street Journal.)
OXON HILL, Md. – The presumed Republican presidential candidates each get time alone on stage here to address the gathered conservative activists. And then there isGary Johnson.
Mr. Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, is gearing up for another national run, he said in a hallway interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference. This time, he won’t bother begging his way into Republican debates – he is aiming to win the Libertarian Party’s nomination.
“I don’t have any delusions about this,” Mr. Johnson said. “I do believe that the things that I’ve been saying have been the truth, that I am reality-based, and that I am reflective of what most Americans think. Democrats and Republicans don’t provide any of that and so to be able to do this, I don’t know, I’m doing it for myself, I guess.”