Another week of Gary Johnson in the news. And he’s getting to people…
Spoiler Alert! G.O.P. Fighting Libertarian’s Spot on the Ballot
October 14, 2012 The New York Times By Jim Rutenberg
When he was running for the Republican presidential nomination last year, Gary Johnson, the former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, drew ridicule from mainstream party members as he advocated legalized marijuana and a 43 percent cut in military spending.
Now campaigning as the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee, Mr. Johnson is still only a blip in the polls. But he is on the ballot in every state except Michigan and Oklahoma, enjoys the support of a few small “super PACs” and is trying to tap into the same grass-roots enthusiasm that helped build Representative Ron Paul a big following. And with polls showing the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney to be tight, Mr. Johnson’s once-fellow Republicans are no longer laughing.
Libertarian Nominee Gary Johnson Makes A Hometown Visit
October 9, 2012 KOB 4 By Stuart Dyson
Gary Johnson brought his long-shot Libertarian campaign for president to New Mexico Tuesday, with a rally at the University of New Mexico Tuesday evening and a fundraiser high in the Sandia Mountains foothills earlier in the day.
It was barbecue and bucks at the County Line restaurant on Tramway, a fundraising luncheon for the former two term New Mexico governor.
Read Misbehaved Woman’s account of the Hometown visit here
Let Gary Johnson Debate
October 11, 2012 Fox News By Judge Andrew Napolitano
President Obama has been a failure. On his watch, the American economy has significantly deteriorated largely because he has stifled free market forces by over-regulating them and because he has laden taxpayers with debt.
Those two factors alone — the federal government increasing the cost of doing business by telling businesses from physicians to major industries how to do their work, and the federal government spending trillions it doesn’t have and pushing the debts onto future generations — are enough to sink any economy.
Anti-Johnson Crowd is Full of Cowards
October 11, 2012 United Liberty By Jeremy Kolassa
Not a day goes by when I get a message from a conservative telling me that I must vote for Mitt Romney, not just because a vote for Gary Johnson (or anyone other than Romney or Obama) would be a wasted vote, but that we must vote for the one guy who has a shot of defeating Obama to save our country. That we absolutely cannot vote for anyone other than Romney, because if Obama gets another four years this country will no longer exist. There’s a reason for this.
Gary Johnson, Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Wants To Outperform Mitt Romney In D.C.
October 11, 2012 The Huffington Post By Arin Greenwood
Johnson is scheduled to meet Thursday night with with prospective voters at Dupont Circle’s new game-themed bar Board Room, explaining how he can — and why he should — beat Mitt Romney in the nation’s capital.
In advance of Thursday’s visit, Johnson’s campaign spokesman Joe Hunter clarified the candidate’s local D.C. record. The Democrats and GOP may have disappointing positions on D.C. statehood, but Johnson is in favor of “full voting representation in Congress,” he says. “Obviously, statehood would provide that representation.” Hunter says that Johnson is also in favor of D.C. budget autonomy.
The More the Merrier?
October 12, 2012 The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd
Today’s Deep Dive featured a look at third party candidates and their role in battleground states. Gary Johnson, Libertarian presidential candidate, offers his unique perspective as a third party candidate on the ballot in 48 out of 50 states.
Gary Johnson Eyes a Second-Place Finish in D.C.
October 12, 2012 The Washington Post By Mike DeBonis
While Barack Obama and Mitt Romney scurry across swing states, appearing at packed rallies and high-stakes debates, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson stood in a Dupont Circle bar specializing in board games Thursday evening, vying for the unswingiest of America’s electoral votes among a cozy group of small-government true believers.
Gary Johnson: Mitt is “without one molecule of brain”
October 13, 2012 Salon By Alex Seitz-Wald
Gary Johnson served eight years as the Republican governor of New Mexico, where he endeared himself to libertarians by vetoing hundreds of bills that conflicted with his small-government worldview. An avid extreme sports enthusiast, he’s climbed Mount Everest and run Ironman triathlons since leaving office in 2003, while also becoming one of the country’s most outspoken voices against the drug war.
Gary Johnson Makes the GOP Nervous
October 15, 2012 The Maddow Blog By Steve Benen
Unlike Virgil Goode’s candidacy in Virginia, which will appeal almost exclusively to the far right, Johnson has the capacity to appeal to likely-Democratic voters — he wants to legalize marijuana, supports marriage equality, and takes a Ron Paul-like approach to foreign wars.
Still, Johnson seems to be rattling Republicans’ nerves a lot more than Democrats’. The Libertarian doesn’t have much money, and will almost certainly fail to reach more than a few points in any state, but in an exceedingly close contest, his tallies will be worth keeping an eye on.
The Passion Play and Cold Reality of Gary Johnson
October 15, 2012 Esquire By Charles P. Pierce
There’s a lot of talk today regarding the front-page story in the New York Times about Republican efforts to keep libertarian candidate Gary Johnson off the ballot in various states in which his candidacy might make a difference, some of which are borderline thuggish, and all of which bespeak a fundamental insecurity on the part of the GOP.
GOP Suddenly Not Laughing About Gary Johnson
October 15, 2012 Comedy Central’s Indecision by Dennis DiClaudio
By all accounts — or at least all the accounts that are actually worth listening to — this election looks like it might be heading for a photo finish. Hopefully, it’ll be a Polaroid photo and not something we’ll have to send that photo off to Congress of the Supreme Court for developing.
With that in mind, there is very little room for mistakes from here on out. From either candidate. Romney got to make all his his mistakes over the course of the last 15 months, and Obama hurried up and crammed them all into one abysmal debate. So, that’s it. No more. One candidate stubs his toe on camera, and it’s all over.