Johnson to run as Libertarian Party candidate
December 20th, 2011
08:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Johnson to run as Libertarian Party candidate

(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.


Filed under: 2012 • Gary Johnson • Libertarian Party • New Mexico
soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. mike

    That's awesome...lol

    December 21, 2011 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  2. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Another candidate who can't seem to leap past the troop of babbeling nut cases in the lead in the Republican Party. So now this guy is wanting to run as a Libertarian. Why not? He might pull off a few Republican voters who can't stand the stench of the the current frontrunners.

    December 21, 2011 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  3. Larry, Darryl and Darryl

    Whatever happened to that guy that played the guitar and quoted Rock lyrics...Thad something or another. Let's elect him!

    December 21, 2011 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  4. Name joe long

    Well,well, the rat's are jumping ship!

    December 21, 2011 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  5. polite centrist

    Glad to hear it. He's too sensible to be a Republican.

    December 21, 2011 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  6. billyslap

    Good, more people should run, there should be many parties because there are many kinds of people. Everyone doesnt fall into the republican/democrate circle of doom. Some say a vote for other is a vote wasted, or a vote that helps someone bad win, etc etc. Those that say that are anti-democracy, anti-freedom, those are the ones that hate liberty. Sure, there is a weakness in the democratic system, for starters, YOU DONT ELECT THE PRESIDENT WITH A VOTE, the electoral college does (special secret group of people) We should be able to elect prsidents directly and when there are multiple candidates there should always be a run off election of the top 2 so that only the person that gets more than 50% of the vote wins. (ie a group of candidates just like one can sap votes, thats why we shoud always have a run off with the top 2)

    -Im going to vote for Ron Paul anyways, hes not the traditional republican, thats why the news corporations and others ignore him, etc, Ron Paul is a constitutionalist, he is for the people first, he is consistantly for freedom, liberty and the rule of law. We would be more free with him as president, everyone would, thats what freedom is about, not just mine, but yours also.

    December 21, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  7. Toto

    I don't care if he has a chance, I'd seriously consider him just to shart on the current two party system.

    December 21, 2011 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  8. Refriedbean

    I got your Johnson, right here!

    December 21, 2011 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  9. DoNotWorry

    GOOD. Time for Third Party candidates.

    December 21, 2011 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  10. Donkey Party

    Talk abouta public display of flip-flopping.

    December 21, 2011 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  11. Captain America

    my only problem with this is that its going to take crucial votes away from Ron Paul.. Dang.

    December 21, 2011 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  12. The Hof

    Just another indicator that politicians are delusional – he's going from his current status as a "low single digits" (and the plural is generous) to becoming the Libertarian Candidate, where he'll draw even less. Brilliant. Enjoy the waste of money.

    December 21, 2011 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  13. Mr. Know It All

    If you like the way government is being run keep voting for the same two parties. Will people finally realize that voting in a third party like the Libertarians would solve the problems in Washington...

    December 21, 2011 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  14. John

    good work CNN and the others who excluded him from the debates. you'll get your wish of a 3rd party leeching conservative voters who can't stand the Republican front runner/eventual nominee and Obama will win re-election.

    December 21, 2011 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  15. Mobo84

    hmm he got good ideas it sad he wasn't inculded in all but one debate he will have a hard time on that ticket it doutdful he will have a chance now

    December 21, 2011 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  16. korke aika

    Hurray! I never heard of this guy before. But I support him in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and any other need to win state for Obama!

    December 21, 2011 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  17. Thomas

    Mississippi and New Mexico had the highest poverty rates, with more than one out of every five people in each state living in poverty. ...

    Great job Governor !

    December 21, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  18. Marie MD

    LOL! This is getting funnier by the second.

    December 21, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  19. jojo

    Oh, the suspense!

    December 21, 2011 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  20. Whammybar

    I'm impressed that CNN reported this, he will never get any attention or funding, or even be invited to any of the debates, very sad. I don't know anything about him but I hope he does well considering that most media won't give him the time of day simply because he is a third party candidate.

    December 21, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  21. sick of republican phonies

    If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail, again.

    December 21, 2011 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  22. turbobo

    Who? Is this the Levi Johnson from Palinland?

    December 21, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  23. Elliott Carlin

    This country doesn't need 3 parties. It needs about 4 or 5.

    December 21, 2011 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  24. Dave - Phx

    Oh boy, another Republican with no shot.

    December 21, 2011 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  25. TomInRochNY

    Could the right get any more fractured?

    December 21, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
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