Johnson to run as Libertarian Party candidate
December 20th, 2011
08:44 PM ET
11 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. Derek

    Who? Why do these people run when they have 0 hope of winning anything at all? Waste of money.

    December 20, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Mike

    Awesome! I am still a Ron Paul fan though.

    December 20, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. terry


    December 20, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. Brittany S

    I hope people realize what he has to offer. He's who I want in office!

    December 20, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Karl

    He'd be better off backing Ron Paul and trying to seek a VP ticket with him.

    December 20, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. Guest

    Awesome. I'm never voting for a Democrat or a Republican again, so it looks like it may be this guy.

    December 20, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. Tony T


    December 20, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. billy davis

    Oh sure waste your money.

    December 20, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. loathstheright

    Oh man, really, Libertarian? Really? These clowns are like having a society in complete chaos and calling it great.

    December 20, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Mark Wells

    Hooray! Gary is the cadidate that many would want but cannot be heard. Socially liberal and fiscally conservative. A strong decision maker, takes no flak , vetoes ridiculous spending and promises to submit a balanced budget. Shame on the Rep party for excluding him in the debates and polls.

    December 20, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Mark Wells

    Hooray !.Sanity prevails . Huge budget cuts: check. Veto 749 ridiculous bills : check . Shame on Republicans for excluding Gary in the debates or the polls. May come back to bite them.

    December 20, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. JJ

    Gee CNN, I wonder if Johnson's single-digit poll numbers has anything to do with the fact that CNN, Fox News, ABC, and MSNBC, etc. all cherry pick who the country gets to hear in debates and media exposure???

    Gary Johnson met the minimum criteria for several of the televised debates, but media outlets such as CNN kept coming up with excuses to keep Johnson and his message of balance on the outside looking in. Give candidates like Johnson a chance and abide by your word CNN!!!

    December 20, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. Mike Mc

    The Tim McVeigh Party

    December 20, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. nnn

    all johnson needs now is the attention of jesse ventura. i am a ron paul supporter but it would be a tough choice between him and a johnson ventura campaign. ventura has already stated he will not vote rep or dem even if ron stays a rep. unless ron leaves the party. wouldnt it be nice though if ron won primary in every state then left the rep party and went indi collapsing the whole thing on itself? taking all the voters and for once creating unity?

    December 20, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. Elphaba

    Gary Who?

    December 20, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. The King

    He won't be alone, and it won't matter. Obama has this election in the bag.

    December 20, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. Emery

    Still makes no difference.

    Obama 2012

    December 20, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Forget about it, you wont make a dent there too!

    December 20, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. blake

    Moron. All you will do is assist the Obama re-election effort.

    December 20, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. Keith in Austin

    Way to go Gary! I hope this act of political treason ends your public service career forever!

    December 20, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    You go Gov. Johnson. I can't believe they allow Santorum and Bachmann and won't allow you and Roemer.

    Disgusting. They should have rejected Newt the Dictator.

    December 20, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Dave R

    By a 50% to 31% margin, people questioned say they have more confidence in the president than in congressional Republicans to handle the major issues facing the country.

    December 20, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Larry L

    Ron Paul is already the anarchist on the ticket. He's crazy enough. Let it go.

    December 20, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Mark


    December 20, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. us1776

    No libertarian-anachists !!


    December 20, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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