Politico: Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson to Launch Presidential Bid in April

by the Left Coast Rebel

Gary Johnson will announce his candidacy in April, here's an excerpt from Politico:

Gary Johnson will formally announce his candidacy for president in April while stumping in New Hampshire, an adviser told POLITICO.

The former New Mexico governor will skip the step of creating an exploratory committee, opting for an immediate start to his bid for the GOP nomination.

...Johnson occupies much of the same political space as Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who ran in 2008 and is considering another bid. Starting a campaign in April could provide such backdrops as the April 15 Tax Day and the annual April 20 push for legalizing marijuana.

Johnson’s new announcement timeline was first reported by Fox News.

Though frequently compared with Paul, the libertarian movement’s closest thing to a standard-bearer, Johnson has been distancing himself from the comparison. While they’re both libertarians, Johnson said, his reputation as “Gov. No” is different from Paul’s moniker “Dr. No.” He has emphasized his record as a governor who was prolific in using his veto pen.

“There was a big difference between Ron Paul and me when it came to the ‘no,’” Johnson recently told POLITICO. “His ‘no’ was philosophical. It was reasoned. It was right. My ‘no’ actually put a stop to legislation. It cut spending. Mine carried further than just ‘no.’ I had to follow through with the debate, discussion and dialogue on why my ‘no’ wouldn’t result in people starving, schools being shut down and the delivery of services to the poor wasn’t going to be curtailed.”

Citizen activism and blogging make for a smaller political world than one may think: Last year I was in discussion with Governor Johnson's assistant, setting up a potential meet-and-greet or phone interview for LCR. Unfortunately it didn't pan out but I would still love to get the opportunity.

Also read
: LCR friends Libertarian Patriot and the Humble Libertarian (who interviewed him here) are also a big fans of Johnson. Related discussion: Memeorandum.

1 comment:

  1. It will be interesting (to say the least) to see if Johnson can get any attention whatsoever from the mainstream media once he announces. There is considerable interest in the blogosphere and from places like the Cato Institute in his candidacy, but he doesn't even appear in most polls of probable candidates.

    In the freedom world he is of enough interest to have given my blog the most hits in the shortest time it ever received after he mentioned it on his facebook page.

    Maybe I should write about him again in an attempt to boost my hits. < /tongue in cheek >


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