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RealClearPolitics: Is Libertarian Gary Johnson the Wild Card in Fall Election?

Gary Johnson is not ideal, but the best hope for the liberty movement lies in his campaign.

Rather, he says, the Johnson campaign is all about waking up the electorate to the Libertarian movement.

“I’m not concerned about Gary Johnson becoming president in the 2012 election,” he says, adding that winning electoral votes is not what the campaign is plotting. Stone is trying to help Johnson get enough attention that he registers at least 15 percent in three national polls, thus becoming eligible to participate in the presidential debates this fall. He’s also working to get Johnson on the ballot in all 50 states and says that will likely happen, barring a possible hiccup in Oklahoma.

It’s all tied to getting matching funds from the Federal Election Commission to compete in future elections, because the Johnson team is certain once more voters are informed of Libertarian positions, large swaths of the electorate will swing their way.

Take Johnson’s campaign slogan: “You’re Libertarian, too. I’ll prove it to you.”

The premise rests on the belief that younger Americans are at a crossroads: They may be socially liberal, but they are fiscally conservative, and they don’t know whether to choose the Democratic Party in order to satisfy the former sentiments or the GOP to sate the latter. But in joining the Libertarian Party, they wouldn’t have to choose.


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Excellent Article & Post - Please Help Us Libertarians

supportus anyway you can. We really need your support.

and gary johnson has endorsed ron paul

and in the one debate he was in, when asked to pick a vp gary johnson humbly said
"Ron Paul"

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also while hes no ron paul, he no rand paul either

johnson is not endorsing romney and seems good on most issues and he is a threat to the two party system
i dont know as much about him as ron
but will be giving him a closer look

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one difference between paul and johnson

johnson actually wants to be president
another difference is johnson has executive experience having been governor
ron pauls management admittedly is weak-witness his campaign and racist newsletter debacle
ron paul is the better choice but he doesnt want it
if its rommey obama and johnson on the ballot i wont write in paul, ill vote for johnson
if its romney and obama ill write in ron paul

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"However, even more

"However, even more concerning than that is Governor Johnson's strong ties to the Council on Foreign Relations or CFR. His ties cannot be denied or ignored.

Doug Turner was Gary's general consultant, state director, and Campaign Manager for both his 1994 and 1998 election. Doug Turner is a member of the CFR and is listed as such on their website. He is currently listed on the "Leadership and Staff" page. This is Gary Johnson's closest adviser. Its reasonable to assume he would be in the same capacity during a Johnson for President campaign. That is just a little too close for my comfort. At the very least Gary Johnson is under the influence of the CFR"


Guilt by association. Real

Guilt by association. Real liberal of you.

How about this. Ron Paul is an ACTUAL MEMBER of the REPUBLICAN PARTY. How about that guilt by association.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

You are quoting the

self-proclaimed "Genuine Conservative". I am pretty sure he has even less support than has Johnson.

CFR, to me, is a big yawn. What have they ever accomplished? The rEVOLution has done far more. We are an army and armies get things done.

Do you mean to tell me that you would vote for Obama or Romney over Johnson?


I like Gary Johnson but don't trust him.

It feels like the push of GJ candidacy is a push by the establishment to drive a wedge in the RP campaign.

NO! The resistance to supporting GJ is what is divisive

People, THINK.

We must unite behind Gary Johnson, or we will die as a movement.

"Know what you know, know what you don't know, and understand and appreciate the distinction."


voting gary johnson sends a message

even if you dont particularly care for the messenger
the liberty movement carries on

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But what is the message? IMHO

1. want to end the 2-party system
2. want a POTUS who isn't a political POS
3. want to promote an alternative political party (LP)
4. want to promote different ideas
5. want to ease ballot access for LP
6. want to promote an alternative party for other candidates at state level
7. want a decent person for POTUS
8. want and end to Fed, perpetual war, fed. government....

Maybe there is some repetition in my list :)


i am not voting

for gary johnson, but getting him into the debates is a fabulous idea!! just think if TWO people have a lot of the same ideas and the other has the same old worn out, dont work ideas. This is what the sleeping americans need to see on their teevee sets. i like it!


not in my county

President-LIB LIB
Number of Precincts 247
Precincts Reporting 247 100.0 %
Times Counted 125/0
Total Votes 92


ROGER GARY 2 2.17%
JAMES OGLE 3 3.26%
BILL STILL 0 0.00%
GARY JOHNSON 33 35.87%
R. J. HARRIS 2 2.17%
Write-in Votes 28 30.43%

33 votes total

I agree with you. If I have

I agree with you.

If I have to choose between Romney, Obama and Johnson it won't be a tough one. Adam Kokesh brought up Johnson's support for humanitarian war but what he fails to mention is that Johnson also only supports war declared through congress, which makes it VERY difficult to ACTUALLY go to war for humanitarian reasons if Congress has to declare war on an enemy. They'd have to define the enemy.

Anyway, I will be voting for Johnson as of now. BUT

OF COURSE I'M IN OKLAHOMA! Maybe I'll see if I can get him some signatures.

Thanks for posting

Quote from the article that got my attention:

...he does have Roger Stone, a veteran of Republican presidential campaigns who says he’s sick of the party and is now consulting for Johnson. Stone believes that with the rise of social media, there are ways to break through the campaign din, and he’s cooking up some “provocative” stunts that will get Johnson attention in the months ahead.

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Gary Johnson can catch the liberty wave

It took him 30 years, but Ron Paul finally caught a ride... first in 2008 and again in 2012, with son hanging 10 on one in 2010.

Now, will Gary Johnson also catch a ride on the liberty wave in 2012?

It's really up to us.

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when I see what they did to Paul

I'm pretty certain he has no chance of being in any debates.

Well maybe one on cnn but no proper ones. And even if he got in a debate how many seconds would he get?