(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.
Good thinking Mr. Johnson. Split the conservative vote in the General Election to ensure Obama gets the plurality and wins. What a maroon.
Well, there goes Ron Paul's escape helicopter. Gary Johnson just beat him to it.
Can't poll above 2% in Presidential primaries? Then call yourself a liberatarian, and fail to get above 2% in the National vote too!
Gary who?, running for what? Under which party?
Libertarium – A shiny metallic substance of great lustre, sharing many physical properties with marxium.
Libertarium is not found outside the laboratory and is only stable when constrained in an academic field. It is created by bombarding economictherium with swiveleyeons of dodgylogicum. Spontaneously fissions in contact with reality to form one stable particle of conservativium and five mutually repulsive radicals of loonyfringeum, each with a half-life of an estimated 15 nanoseconds
He didn't have the connections, personality and name recognition or Ron Paul. Johnson was never the lovable old fart that Ron Paul is.
Good luck Gary boy!!
What a joke!
Dude... If you had started out as an independent I might have considered looking up your record. But since you started out as a Republicon, my money is on that is how you will finish, regardless of what ticket you eventually run on.
Another crazy republican!!!
Yeah. The Libertarian Party... that'll make a difference in his chances.
Go Gary Johnson! Best candidate for the people.
If Ron Paul drops out this man will get my vote. If Ron Paul wins the Republican nomination I really hope that Johnson will drop out & endorse Ron Paul. These two men are cut from the same cloth.
OK Waiting to hear what you bring to the table for change.
Grrrr! Why would he DO that!?! He should just endorse Ron Paul and be done with it.
I'm not surprised as libertarian is synonymous with republican just removing the veil of "social" restrictions is not in th middle. I've studied all major political parties, so don't consider this a game changer. Rather I see this as changing the face of reality that Gary Johnson isn't politically salent to most of the political lecturate cause lack of recognition in an unknown state and lack of heavy donors unlike Ginrich and others that have been in the political elite for well over 30+ years. So, recanting on this political party matters not cause he himself is the problem like Huntsman neither one come from promient stats and neither one have held super critical positionsitis for the executive office. Huntsman would be better as vp or secretary of state ot pres and that is a fact but Mitt and Newt are morons unlike other better candidates surely for their political party.
Gary Johnson 2012. Ron Paul without the conservative baggage.
If Ron Paul doesn't win the GOP nomination, I will take my vote and give it to Johnson. The Republican's have this whole "anyone but Obama" idea going. Let's remember how and why Obama got elected so easily in the first place, "anyone but Bush!"
So, he and Ron Paul will be splitting the ten or so votes that the Libertarian movement will be casting.
Thank u Mr. Ross Perot the 2nd. Maybe we'll get a Pres that 59% of America voted AGAINST ...AGAIN.
what a joke!
Watch out for Ron Paul after Iowa Gary.
He will do well while doing many a favor.
If Ron Paul does not win the repulican nomination, my vote switches to Governor Johnson – he makes SENSE especially about our insane "war" on drugs
Two party system. The sooner he realizes this, the less money he'll waste.