Gary Johnson shows his poker face
July 6th, 2011
01:54 PM ET
11 years ago

Gary Johnson shows his poker face

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson is trying to hold 'em - poker players, that is.

The former New Mexico governor's campaign website includes a "You're Getting a Raw Deal" page. On it, he pledges to support the card players' rights.

"The federal government should not be involved in restricting lawful commerce that doesn't harm anyone," Johnson wrote. "Support me for President, and I'll support your freedom. Get in the game, donate to the campaign."

To get in that game, players are asked to throw down $25, $50 or $100 (each donation is represented by a poker chip button). reported that Johnson is slated to attend the World Series of Poker party Thursday night at the Wynn poker room in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"For a presidential candidate to actively recruit support from the poker-player constituency shows how much respect poker and poker players have gained in D.C. over the past five years, even if the status quo remains bleak," Poker News' Matthew Kredell wrote. "Even today, only a fringe candidate would go out on that ledge to court poker players. But for any candidate at all to see value in the poker vote is progress."

Johnson, a former business owner, is polling in the low single digit support in several nationwide polls since announcing his bid on April 21.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    "The federal government should not be involved in restricting lawful commerce that doesn't harm anyone," Johnson wrote.

    Does this also mean he wants to legalize Marijuana?

    July 6, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS

    "Support me for President, and I'll support your freedom."

    That sounds like an ultimatum. What if i don't support you? To hell with my freedom??? You should fold while you have the chance because the President has a straight flush.

    July 6, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "The federal government should not be involved in restricting lawful commerce that doesn't harm anyone."
    Does that mean that the federal government should bet involved in restricting lawful commerce that does harm someone?
    Such as, preventing people from being dropped by health insurers.
    Such as, requiring individuals to carry health insurance so that those who do are forced to pay for your lack of coverage.
    Such as, allowing public schoools to remain free of religous bias by not teaching creationism.
    Such as, not imposing your religous beliefs against gay marriage to restrict the rights of others who do not share your beliefs.
    Such as, paying corporate welfare to some of the richest companies in the world.
    Such as, turning a blind eye to bankers who engage in deceptive and unlawful practices.
    By voting for someone such as you?

    July 6, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. ja

    someone other than a white american won the presidency, now every dick and jane think they have chance to win , duh losers, waste you time and effort, your polictics are to divisive, it appeals to a small segment, that is dying off fast

    July 6, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. MarineVet

    Roll the dice, vote Republican.

    July 6, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |

    This guy is ignored more than Ron Paul is,making him invisable

    July 6, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. logic in LA

    And the carnival acts continue. They expect us to jump through their hoops, they are all clowns.
    Maybe if a Republican wins, they can get The Vargas Circus to design a big tent for them.

    July 6, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. AC

    Another clown from the Republican party. As the Kings & Queens of comedy continue their tour.

    July 6, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Who the heck are these bozos? Another rethug running for president? Where did this one come from?
    He joined the other clowns back in April????
    OMG'!!!!!!!!!!! This gets weirsef by the second!!!!!!!

    July 6, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Gee, the Christian Right cannot be too pleased with him over asking for donations from "sinners". That must arouse the same reaction that was noted when Oral Roberts received a huge donation from a racing track (horses or dogs – I don't remember) during his Prayer Tower period when he claimed if he did not receive the desired donations he would be "called home to God". Next thing you know, he'll be soliciting campaign contributions from practitioners of the "World's Oldest Profession" with the same pledge to them!

    July 6, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. LovesIrony

    his stands on the Patriot Act, legal marijuana, and gay marriage are the same as mine.... and he is a republican....Ironic

    July 6, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "Support me for President, and I'll support your freedom."
    If you are a Republican and cannot say what freedoms he is talking about, then welcome to the *right* side of the aisle.
    However, if you can say what he means by protecting your freedoms (I want a President to create jobs, not utter meaningless mantras) please donate to his campaign so he can take you to the cleaners.

    July 6, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Baby Gerald

    If people took the time to learn a little about Gary Johnson, they might find that he is left of Obama on a few important issues.

    BillfromGA asks: 'Does this also mean he wants to legalize Marijuana?'

    The answer to that is yes. Johnson was governor of New Mexico and he decriminalized marijuana during his term.

    Do a little research into Johnson's platform and see what he's about. It's a shame that he's getting no recognition and was kept from participating in the last debate.

    July 6, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |