Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Libertarian Gary Johnson Announces His Candidacy For President...

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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has joined the crowded 2016 presidential race. But he's not making any promises about his ability to defeat the likes of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

“I am announcing my candidacy right now for the Libertarian nomination,” Johnson said on Fox Business’ “Coast to Coast” with Neil Cavuto on Wednesday. “I do believe that crony capitalism is alive and well. It’s Democrats and Republicans that contribute to that. I’d like to be that choice that is not going to succumb to that.

Johnson — a self-made millionaire — also ran in 2012 as a member of the Libertarian Party, which advocates for a radically smaller and less powerful federal government.

In an interview with POLITICO, Johnson vowed to run a completely different campaign than he did in 2012, when he received just 1,275,971 votes, or 0.99 percent of the total electorate. In 2012, he launched his campaign with a splashy event that he said cost thousands; this time, he did it for free on Fox Business, he noted.

"My voice has not been heard, and speaking with a broad brush stroke, that is someone who is fiscally conservative and socially liberal," Johnson said. "At the end of the day, on my deathbed I know that I’m going to reflect on life and believe that I was the voice of reason in all this. Will that result in any better showing than last [election cycle]? Will that result in even being the nominee? Who is to say?"

Libertarians draw as many Democratic votes as they do Republicans, Johnson said, arguing that he could appeal to voters dissatisfied with their options.

Realistically, Johnson will have about as much chance of being elected president as a snow ball forming in the Mojave desert at high noon. But it will be refreshing to hear a candidate (again) that has different and reasoned ideas without the hyperbole and general BS the republican party candidates are offering.

We can hope the media doesn't ignore Johnson, all the while knowing it will.

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Via: Memeorandum


  1. I expect Johnson to be better this time around. If the republicans nominate a crazy like Trump, he will draw from the republicans. Likewise, he will draw votes from the democrats with either Sanders or Clinton as their nominee. Will he garner enough votes to win? No. But I welcome him into the race. I hope the media will as well.

    1. But, does he really have the sheer animal magnetism of a genius such as Ross Perot?

  2. I meant to say, "I expect Johnson to DO better...."

  3. Johnson's not too off-base in his observation that a libertarian candidate, these days, may pull as much from the Dems as the GOP, though it would be only in some states,

    I completely disagree with Jerry. Trump would negate the importance libertarian vote. Johnson would have little to no effect on Clinton. Sanders is not going to make it, but if he did, all the civil libertarian vote would go to him, and Johnson again negated. Trump wins the nod, Hillary wins the Presidency, regardless of Johnson. Same goes for Cruz, the real fascist psycho in all this. The little demon hiding behind Trump.


    1. No objective libertarian would vote for Trumpy, he is as enamored with huge government as any liberal or progressive.

      Sanders, the avowed democratic socialist, turns off as many civil libertarians as he excites, why? His economic socialism.

      I agree Jersey, as much as Trumpy rubs me against my grain Ted Cruz is as dangerous if not more so than Trumpy. Certainly from the civil liberties standpoint.

      I continue to like Johnson and he has in my view good sense and the countries best interests in mind. That is why both conservatives and progressives ignore him.

      It will never happen because the powers of the major parties and the media they have bought will make sure he is shut down. But in my view he would make a better president than any candidate of either party.

    2. RN said: "Sanders, the avowed democratic socialist, turns off as many civil libertarians as he excites, why? His economic socialism."

      A Sanders/Warren ticket on one side and a Trump ticket on the other would surely swell the civil libertarian vote.

  4. Johnson's going to do better this time around? Meaning... he's going to break 1 percent?

    1. In a tight race Johnson would be a spoiler. Even at 2%

    2. I hope no race with Trump in it is tight....

    3. And good point all 3.

      Don't count out the spoiler effect.

    4. IF he spoiles, he'll likely spoil for the Democrat. Which I am OK with.

    5. That's the way it usually goes.

  5. Replies
    1. Of course. Clinton advanrage. Assuming she survives the "smoking gun" .

      Election cycles are becoming ever more entertaining .

      So it goes in the maybesoon to be "Great Again" America.


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