GOP candidate 10,000 feet up on crucial weekend
August 9th, 2011
01:54 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP candidate 10,000 feet up on crucial weekend

(CNN) - While most Republican presidential candidates will disperse throughout early presidential nominating states this week, Gary Johnson will be 10,200 feet above sea level in Colorado.

The former New Mexico governor and avid outdoorsman will participate in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race Saturday, a 100-mile course that begins and ends in the Central Colorado city, according to his campaign.

Johnson has reached four of the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest. He has failed to garner more than a few percentage points in early polling of presidential candidates despite officially jumping into the race in April.

Saturday is also the date of the high stakes Ames Straw Poll, intended to test the strength of presidential campaigns ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses. While Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Thad McCotter of Michigan, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania will be in Ames, former Govs. Jon Huntsman of Utah and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts will be in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state. Undeclared candidate, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, will speak in the early primary state of South Carolina.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    I think it is fascinating to watch peacocks parade around with their feathers spread out.

    August 9, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. diridi

    please do not vote another GOP thug. Scare tactics yesterday. None of these GOP idiots lost any money. It is sheer manipulation by GOP thugs. Just vote Obama2012.....GOP thugs declared war on Middle Class America...MCA.....god bless.......o.k, learn....true, true, true....I think, we need to have generic medicines in Medicare....will save trillion dollars....

    August 9, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban

    Mr. Johnson can stay a mile high and not come down.

    August 9, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. A Kickin` Donkey

    Who ? Somebody give him a talk show on Fox so he can drop out.

    August 9, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. DugB

    Not a fan of your party, but good luck in the race...say HI to Tinker for us :-)

    August 9, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. John H.

    Gary Johnson is by far the best candidate for the citizens of the United States, which is why both CNN and Fox News actively worked to keep him out of their debates, violating their own qualification rules in the process.

    August 9, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. smart choices

    Sounds like fun. I'm still supporting Romney. Not only is he smarter than Obama, but he has more experience in the private and public sectors. What he did for the 2002 Olympics was also great.

    August 9, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Seems like a nice guy but a bit out there in the ozone if you ask me. The Dennis Kucinich ofthe Republican Party....

    August 9, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |