'Liberated' Gary Johnson seeks Libertarian nomination
December 28th, 2011
12:16 PM ET
11 years ago

'Liberated' Gary Johnson seeks Libertarian nomination

(CNN) – Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his intention to seek the Libertarian nomination for president Wednesday.

Calling his choice "both a difficult decision-and an easy one," in a statement, Johnson decried the Republican presidential nomination process and pledged to bring a "libertarian voice" to the 2012 race.

Johnson blasted the inclusion of "candidates with no national name identification like Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and John Huntsman" as well as "candidates with no executive experience like Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum" in presidential debates while he was "arbitrarily excluded by elitist media organizations in New York."

The former two-term governor struggled to gain footing in national polls measuring support for GOP candidates seeking the 2012 presidential nomination and failed to meet criteria necessary to participate in debates. However, he has attended two debates: one in May, and another in September after reaching one percent support in five national polls.

And after "appeals to the Republican National Chairman for basic fairness were ignored," Johnson said he concluded that "the best answer is the simplest."

"I'm a Libertarian in belief. I successfully governed as a Libertarian in everything but the name, and I am running for president as a Libertarian."

As for that other Libertarian already running for president, "While Ron Paul is a good man and a libertarian who I proudly endorsed for president in 2008, there is no guarantee he will be the Republican nominee," Johnson said.

So far, he claimed "just the speculation that I might run as a Libertarian has garnered more national media attention than I ever received as a Republican candidate."

"I am excited," Johnson said. "I am liberated."

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  1. Thomas

    In the last national poll , The state of New Mexico is rated number two in poverty.

    Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson should consider a job for the department of highways in American Samoa .

    December 28, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Greg

    Larry L- All political ideals are Utopian in nature. what would be the point of constructing an imperfect ideal? Libertarian principles have a long history of success. America was founded on Libertarian principles. Chile pulled itself out of crippling economic squalor with Milton Friedman's Libertarian free market economic principles. They lowered their poverty rate to 17% from over 40% and managed to make Chile an economic force in a region that is still largely third world. Libertarian is not a singular ideology, it is a wide spectrum of belief. On the political compass it is the entire southern region, opposite of Authoritarian. I suggest you look into it more, and maybe take the political compass test. You might be surprised by the results. If you're not Authoritarian or dead center, YOU are Libertarian.

    December 28, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Larry L

    We've allowed ourselves to become polarized beyond a point where a third-party can emerge. During the last 25 years or so the Republicans realized they could never win national elections if only rich, white males voted Republican – the math didn't work. The Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich crowd knew they needed hot-button social issues to energize dependable right-wing voters regardless of their income level. They fueled the fires with religion, immigration, abortion, gun control, and security – playing on the fears resulting from 9/11. Hate radio and TV talk show host became fabulously wealthy spewing out distorted "facts" and the Fox News crowd became cult-like, creatring their own reality and demonizing anybody who didn't agree with their social agenda. It worked! It worked for Hitler as well.

    December 28, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Tdub

    I think its great. I think he will pull more votes away from Obama than whoever the RC will be. Thats what makes him great, He embracess the common sense ideas of both sides.

    December 28, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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