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. Thomas Covenant

    Libertarians should just go ahead and make a break. They no longer fit in the republican ranks.

    December 20, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Dean

    Awesome! Gary has put many of Ron Paul's Libertarian thoughts and policies to work as the best Governor of New Mexico they ever had.

    December 20, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. ApplePie

    The toilet paper committee probably won't be making any influential contributions to this candidacy.

    December 20, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. Joshua Ludd

    Gee, maybe he hasn't gotten out of single digits in part because the media doesn't talk about him. Look at Ron Paul... now the media is squaking about how if he wins the Iowa caucuses it will prove them to be pointless and illegitimate. Could they be more obvious in their bias towards the two major party candidates and only certain candidates among those?

    December 20, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. silliness

    Well, now I know who to vote for if Ron Paul doesn't get the Republican nomination.

    December 20, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. Tony

    This is the GOP response to Ron Paul... They figure they will throw a candidate with some similar viewpoints out there to take away from the message... People need to rise up & save America & see through the rhetoric... Votes are the only thing that can get a man in office who will save our economy... Ron Paul 2012.

    December 20, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. George

    What a disaster for the Ron Paul campaign. This guy will take precious lunatic fringe votes away from him.

    December 20, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. Tony

    First to say I have been drinking... seriously wasn't thinking much with my last post... This guy wouldn't go h2h with Paul unless he was already GOP candidate.

    December 20, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Jacob

    I don't like this at all. He's going to be "stealing" votes from Ron Paul if he gets the nomination.

    December 20, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Carla Vazq

    He probably won't carry NM

    December 20, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. Tom

    Gee, this guy is just too cool to ignore, but I think I can manage it.

    December 20, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Why is this guy not in the debates?

    Why is this guy not in the debates? He was a former Gov it would seem like we shouldn't ignore him.

    December 20, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Bob

    I don't think Gov. Johnson has a chance by saying he is a Libertarian, because he's a Republican with only one or two percent backing. I think we should have more parties involved and allowed to be in the debates no matter how much backing they have. The Dems and Repubs don't want them in the debates because their afraid someone from a different party might have some good ideas and make them look bad. We need more then a two party system for the good of the country. Just my opinion.

    December 20, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. JasonD

    Ron Paul currently running 1st in
    Iowa but barely a mention by the MSM......and yet this story is featured at the tops of's home page.....makes you go hmmmmm.....

    December 20, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. mike

    good. i like him and he doesn't deserve to be grouped with all those other republican nut jobs.

    December 20, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  16. flarnkingsgargle

    Good candidate, unfortunately-shallow modern political theatre.

    December 20, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. whatever

    Never to late to join the race. There's always time for Palin to get in.

    December 20, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. donna

    Don't do it Johnson. This will be the single biggest mistake of your entire political career.

    December 20, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  19. LNB

    YEAH !!!

    December 20, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  20. wenis

    You mean, "LOLbertarian", right?

    December 20, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  21. JimAR

    Too bad so many of the electorate will still be picking Campbell's Green Bean Casserole from their teeth on December 28th and will miss the "major campaign announcement."

    December 20, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  22. Ron Paul

    Oh no! I guess I should have gotten out of the Republican primary sooner so I could do this! Dang that Gary Johnson!

    December 20, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  23. Matheens

    well at least he can't be any worse than the GOP candidates..

    December 20, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  24. Derrick

    It's not so much that he struggled to break above the low single digits in poll numbers, but that he was shut out of both the debates and the polls by the GOP establishment. That's a pretty underhanded way to treat a popular two-term governor, IMO. I wish him luck in his LP run. Hopefully he can bring the heat to some of these uninteresting, big-government Republicans.

    December 20, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  25. Joma14

    He was running?? You just can't make this stuff up!

    December 20, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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