Wall Street Journal- Gary Johnson: I’m a ‘Reality-Based’ Candidate for President

Gary-JohnsonFrom 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 is Gary 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.”

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10 thoughts on “Wall Street Journal- Gary Johnson: I’m a ‘Reality-Based’ Candidate for President

  1. George Phillies

    Why dont you start confronting the reality that your last campaign spent most of its money on staff and the like, exactly like the Barr campaign.

    Oh, yes, then in fine Libertarian manner you are trying to stiff your debtors from Johnson 2012 for a million and a half bucks.

  2. Joe Wendt

    He’s a “reality-based” candidate. Yeah right, because a “reality-based” candidate would amass a large campaign debt by spend large sums of money irresponsibly (which prioritizing staff over ballot access and advertising is), then have the nerve to lecture people about fiscal responsibility. Reality in bizarro world more likely.

  3. P.J. Sullivan

    The disdain some folks have for a Libertarian nominee who received nearly 1,300,000 votes is amazing. It sound s like some of you would rather go back to Badnarik days.

  4. Jill Pyeatt

    We don’t all have disdain for Gary. I have some criticisms about his last campaign, but he certainly isn’t any more flawed than any of the other current candidates. We bitch about something about most of the presidential candidates.

    I don’t think Gary will just show up at the convention and walk away easily with the nomination, though. I believe he’s going to have to campaign and prove himself all over again.

  5. langa

    Badnarik wasn’t my ideal candidate by any stretch, but yes, I liked him better than Johnson.

    If getting votes is the only goal, why don’t we try to get Trump, or failing that, Bloomberg?

  6. Matt Cholko

    In GJ’s defense, regarding his 2012 campaign spending, he does admit that they made poor spending decisions. He further claims that they learned some important lessons that they will apply to the 2016 campaign.

  7. Andy

    January 29, 2016 at 17:52

    Badnarik wasn’t my ideal candidate by any stretch, but yes, I liked him better than Johnson.”

    Same here.

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