(CNN) – Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson told supporters he will seek the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, a campaign source confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.
Johnson has been running for president on the Republican ticket since April but has struggled to break above the low single digits in poll numbers.
Joe Hunter, Johnson’s communication director, confirmed that Johnson is planning a major campaign announcement in Santa Fe, New Mexico on December 28th. A conference call will take place Tuesday night with campaign staff regarding the plans.
Word of Johnson’s decision was first reported by POLITICO.
Libertarians should just go ahead and make a break. They no longer fit in the republican ranks.
Awesome! Gary has put many of Ron Paul's Libertarian thoughts and policies to work as the best Governor of New Mexico they ever had.
The toilet paper committee probably won't be making any influential contributions to this candidacy.
Gee, maybe he hasn't gotten out of single digits in part because the media doesn't talk about him. Look at Ron Paul... now the media is squaking about how if he wins the Iowa caucuses it will prove them to be pointless and illegitimate. Could they be more obvious in their bias towards the two major party candidates and only certain candidates among those?
Well, now I know who to vote for if Ron Paul doesn't get the Republican nomination.
This is the GOP response to Ron Paul... They figure they will throw a candidate with some similar viewpoints out there to take away from the message... People need to rise up & save America & see through the rhetoric... Votes are the only thing that can get a man in office who will save our economy... Ron Paul 2012.
What a disaster for the Ron Paul campaign. This guy will take precious lunatic fringe votes away from him.
First to say I have been drinking... seriously wasn't thinking much with my last post... This guy wouldn't go h2h with Paul unless he was already GOP candidate.
I don't like this at all. He's going to be "stealing" votes from Ron Paul if he gets the nomination.
He probably won't carry NM
Gee, this guy is just too cool to ignore, but I think I can manage it.
Why is this guy not in the debates? He was a former Gov it would seem like we shouldn't ignore him.
I don't think Gov. Johnson has a chance by saying he is a Libertarian, because he's a Republican with only one or two percent backing. I think we should have more parties involved and allowed to be in the debates no matter how much backing they have. The Dems and Repubs don't want them in the debates because their afraid someone from a different party might have some good ideas and make them look bad. We need more then a two party system for the good of the country. Just my opinion.
Ron Paul currently running 1st in
Iowa but barely a mention by the MSM......and yet this story is featured at the tops of CNN.com's home page.....makes you go hmmmmm.....
good. i like him and he doesn't deserve to be grouped with all those other republican nut jobs.
Good candidate, unfortunately-shallow modern political theatre.
Never to late to join the race. There's always time for Palin to get in.
Don't do it Johnson. This will be the single biggest mistake of your entire political career.
You mean, "LOLbertarian", right?
Too bad so many of the electorate will still be picking Campbell's Green Bean Casserole from their teeth on December 28th and will miss the "major campaign announcement."
Oh no! I guess I should have gotten out of the Republican primary sooner so I could do this! Dang that Gary Johnson!
well at least he can't be any worse than the GOP candidates..
It's not so much that he struggled to break above the low single digits in poll numbers, but that he was shut out of both the debates and the polls by the GOP establishment. That's a pretty underhanded way to treat a popular two-term governor, IMO. I wish him luck in his LP run. Hopefully he can bring the heat to some of these uninteresting, big-government Republicans.
He was running?? You just can't make this stuff up!