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. Scott

    Good thinking Mr. Johnson. Split the conservative vote in the General Election to ensure Obama gets the plurality and wins. What a maroon.

    December 20, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. Peikovianii

    Well, there goes Ron Paul's escape helicopter. Gary Johnson just beat him to it.

    December 20, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. Mike

    Can't poll above 2% in Presidential primaries? Then call yourself a liberatarian, and fail to get above 2% in the National vote too!

    December 20, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. Name oj

    Gary who?, running for what? Under which party?

    December 20, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. DFZ

    Libertarium – A shiny metallic substance of great lustre, sharing many physical properties with marxium.

    Libertarium is not found outside the laboratory and is only stable when constrained in an academic field. It is created by bombarding economictherium with swiveleyeons of dodgylogicum. Spontaneously fissions in contact with reality to form one stable particle of conservativium and five mutually repulsive radicals of loonyfringeum, each with a half-life of an estimated 15 nanoseconds

    December 20, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He didn't have the connections, personality and name recognition or Ron Paul. Johnson was never the lovable old fart that Ron Paul is.

    December 20, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Republican Grandma

    Good luck Gary boy!!

    December 20, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. Josh

    What a joke!

    December 20, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  9. 66Biker

    Dude... If you had started out as an independent I might have considered looking up your record. But since you started out as a Republicon, my money is on that is how you will finish, regardless of what ticket you eventually run on.

    December 20, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  10. Zil Zerimar

    Another crazy republican!!!

    December 20, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. Brian

    Yeah. The Libertarian Party... that'll make a difference in his chances.

    December 20, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. redman71786

    Go Gary Johnson! Best candidate for the people.

    December 20, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  13. Hawaiisb

    If Ron Paul drops out this man will get my vote. If Ron Paul wins the Republican nomination I really hope that Johnson will drop out & endorse Ron Paul. These two men are cut from the same cloth.

    December 20, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. JohnK

    OK Waiting to hear what you bring to the table for change.

    December 20, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. Jonathan

    Grrrr! Why would he DO that!?! He should just endorse Ron Paul and be done with it.

    December 20, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  16. Peter Wolfe

    I'm not surprised as libertarian is synonymous with republican just removing the veil of "social" restrictions is not in th middle. I've studied all major political parties, so don't consider this a game changer. Rather I see this as changing the face of reality that Gary Johnson isn't politically salent to most of the political lecturate cause lack of recognition in an unknown state and lack of heavy donors unlike Ginrich and others that have been in the political elite for well over 30+ years. So, recanting on this political party matters not cause he himself is the problem like Huntsman neither one come from promient stats and neither one have held super critical positionsitis for the executive office. Huntsman would be better as vp or secretary of state ot pres and that is a fact but Mitt and Newt are morons unlike other better candidates surely for their political party.

    December 20, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  17. kathic

    Gary Johnson 2012. Ron Paul without the conservative baggage.

    December 20, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  18. Andrew Delano

    If Ron Paul doesn't win the GOP nomination, I will take my vote and give it to Johnson. The Republican's have this whole "anyone but Obama" idea going. Let's remember how and why Obama got elected so easily in the first place, "anyone but Bush!"

    December 20, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  19. Keith

    So, he and Ron Paul will be splitting the ten or so votes that the Libertarian movement will be casting.

    December 20, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Thank u Mr. Ross Perot the 2nd. Maybe we'll get a Pres that 59% of America voted AGAINST ...AGAIN.

    December 20, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. larry

    what a joke!

    December 21, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  22. Spiffy

    Watch out for Ron Paul after Iowa Gary.

    December 21, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  23. Anon

    He will do well while doing many a favor.

    December 21, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. yneemee

    If Ron Paul does not win the repulican nomination, my vote switches to Governor Johnson – he makes SENSE especially about our insane "war" on drugs

    December 21, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  25. Keith

    Two party system. The sooner he realizes this, the less money he'll waste.

    December 21, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
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