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. John

    I will be voting for Governor Gary Johnson! Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay rights, Anti war candidate who wants to balance the budget and legalize marijuana! Johnson is also the best steward of tax dollars. He came into office with a huge deficit and left 8 yrs later with a billion dollar surplus. His staff once asked him how he wanted his name read on the state welcome signs. He said Don't put my name on those signs, If we change them at all put welcome to New Mexico from the citizens of New Mexico so we dont have to spend money to change them in the future. As Governor he raised the speed limit to 75 on the highway and allowed people to buy beer on Sunday saying "this is a choice the people of New Mexico can make for themselves and don't need the govt telling them on what day they can buy beer." He understand the proper role of govt to protect you from force or fraud but to otherwise leave you alone unless your actions interfere with the rights of another. Check out Two term(one more than Mitt) Governor Gary Johnson! Dont let the media pick your candidate! Johnson's socially liberal and fiscally conservative stances will be attractive to democrat and independent voters in the general election, I think he is the man to beat obummer.. Gary Johnson is who we need in the White House. The People's President!

    December 21, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. shawn

    Anyone who drinks the Republican koolaid and now tries to represent the Libertarian party just reinforces what being a republican is all's about being an opportunist.

    December 21, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  3. ToadInAustin

    It's a mistake to run as a Libertarian. Americans oppose the freedom for their neighbors to make choices.

    December 21, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  4. Truth

    Please do. Ross Perot part 2.

    December 21, 2011 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  5. Ramrod

    Ralph Nader in reverse direction. Good.

    December 21, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  6. dave

    Great! Another "low in the polls" so he decides to do the old Ross Perot trick and pull votes away from the GOP helping to guarantee a democratic win...... Man UP and go quietly!

    December 21, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  7. ajefkaf

    the 5% he gets from Republicans will still be more than anything he gets from Libertarian voters

    December 21, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  8. Ryan Patrick O'Hara

    Attempt to draw votes from rising GOP candidate Ron Paul?

    December 21, 2011 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  9. NO_BS

    Another Koch brothers puppet.

    December 21, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  10. Chedar

    Go for it Gary. You'll get my vote. I and many among us is seeking for a change and you are the man.

    December 21, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  11. Jon

    Thanks, CNN, for FINALLY reporting on Gov. Johnson. Excluding him from all of your debates really helped keep the status quo this year.

    December 21, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  12. Lenny

    Dare I hope for a viable third party emerging?

    December 21, 2011 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  13. Wired

    Sorry Johnston, but Wrong Paul has had the crazy vote tapped for some time.

    December 21, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  14. Mack

    Ok, Can't make in one party you can just switch to another??? Dude just give it up.

    December 21, 2011 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  15. Richard Parrilla

    He would definitely get my vote if he won the LP nomination. Everyone else in that camp just get out of the way. This dude's the real deal!

    December 21, 2011 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  16. Truth Dealer

    Give it up Gary ! People just aren't that into you ! You can change your affiliation but you're still a dud ! Besides the Libertarian's already have a wacko running on the Republican side named Ron Paul ! Running for POTUS is not an easy task, just ask Ron Paul , he has tried it three times and has failed miserably both previous attempt's and this one will probably yield the same result for him as well !

    December 21, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  17. What's behind door #3?

    Absolutely incredulous! I hereby nominate Santa Claus for POTUS. At least we know he's well known and popular, and his platform is consistent. All of this grandstanding and posturing by the GOP, and sudden entrances by obscure candidates is ridiculous. Who's next, Donald Duck?

    December 21, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  18. Dav

    Its a shame he wasn't invited to debates.

    December 21, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  19. Absolutionis

    Why doesn't the Libertarian party just endorse Ron Paul instead of this guy?

    December 21, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |

    I'm not sure what impact this guy thinks he is going to make.

    December 21, 2011 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  21. Stan

    I had thought that the Libertarian Party had become the Tea Party. How are the two parties different?

    December 21, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  22. cowboyblues

    One day the Libertarians will outnumber the wall-street-employed war-mongering bible-thumpers in the Republican Party, but not this year.

    December 21, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  23. Billy

    I would vote for him no matter what party title he had, he is the only truly principled candidate though Ron Paul runs a close second.

    December 21, 2011 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  24. alvin simon theodore

    The Republican Party is definately a mixed bag of tricks!

    December 21, 2011 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  25. benji

    WHy do people waste time and money running as an independent when they won't get elected?

    December 21, 2011 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
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