(CNN) – Gary Johnson, who announced this week he was withdrawing from the 2012 Republican race to seek the Libertarian presidential nomination, urged his Iowa supporters Saturday to back Ron Paul in Tuesday's caucuses.
Libertarians have long identified with Paul's views, which espouse limited American military involvement abroad and a reduced role for government at home.
In his letter to supporters, Johnson acknowledges his views and Paul's were not perfectly aligned.
"While Ron Paul and I are both libertarians, we don't necessarily agree on every single issue," Johnson wrote. "However, on the over-riding issues of restoring our economy by cutting out-of-control spending and the need to get back to Constitutional principles in our government, Ron Paul and I are in lock-step."
Johnson, who backed Paul for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, noted that the viewpoints he shared with the Texas congressman were ultimately of greater importance that presidential politics.
"The cause of individual liberty and freedom is bigger and more important than any candidate or campaign," Johnson wrote. "I am hopeful that in urging my supporters in Iowa to vote for Ron Paul in the upcoming Caucuses, a victory for the principles we share can be won."
A former two-term governor of New Mexico, Johnson struggled to gain traction in the Republican race for the White House, though he did appear in two presidential debates in May and September.
This is priceless. We are not going to vote for a 78 year old man. mcnasty was too old at 72 and then he went digging for the worst vp candidate ever due to his dementia.
This paul has too much garbage. Things he has said, written about and done. No way he is going to win the teabagging candidacy nor a general election.
Remember Kennedy and Nixon debating? Yep, the right guy won that election.
Mitt Romney is boring but inoffensive; Ron Paul is the man with the answers. A Romney/Paul–or Paul/Romney; it doesn't matter much–ticket would be great.
ROMNEY'S "Business experience" consisted of buying companies, laying off workers, stripping pension funds, and taking the companies public again – 80% of which shortly went bankrupt.GOOGLE this and WATCH the video
"THE STORY OF TWO MEN TRAPPED IN ONE BODY"
Good Job get out of the way and support a true libertarian, RON PAUL
Over all its RON PAUL
What will Rove and the Kochs think about that? They are not going to be happy that Johnson did not endorse wide stance Mittens.
One day soon, our reckless economic and military ignorance will be called an act of war. Who will come save us from ourselves? Will they say they are defending their strategic interests? What if they say they are protecting the freedoms of humanity and democracy?
What if sound money and jobs are only possible when we aren't sending $5 billion out of this country every day?
What if Christianity teaches peace and not preventative wars and aggression?
What if we save ourselves?
Ron Paul & Jon Huntsman 2012.
Thank you Gov. Johnson. You are truly a great American Patriot. You have gained more respect and appreciation from freedom loving Americans than you could ever realize. You're star is truly rising. Ron Paul2012.
Gary Johnson is class act – really. Ron Paul is the only candidate that is pro-freedom, pro-peace, pro-life, pro-right-to-bear-arms and anti-NYC-bankster-bailouts. The rest are Chicken Hawks war-mongers. I am a military veteran and the troops and veterans are sick and tired of Chicken Hawk Commander In Chiefs like Clinton, Obama, Gingrich, Romney, Santorum. Give us a break.
Hey CNN! What is this crap with Jason, but no responses to his insanity?
Ron Paul has been in Congress for a very long time, therefore the reporters and other elected officials have a better insight as to exactly what he stands for than the ardent supporters that can only judge him by what he is saying now. The truth is not propaganda, only a lie can be spun as propaganda. This man is dangerous and his son is just as bad. Please check out the John Birch Society, you will find that Ron Paul recently gave a speech to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this hateful , extremist group. I doubt that any of his youthful supporters have any clue about the JBS. I repeat, the man is dangerous to our Country.