Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson visits CharlotteSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 14:09
Former New Mexico Gov. and Libertarian Gary Johnson visited Charlotte this weekend to discuss his bid for president.
Johnson participated in a 5K race in Huntersville, spoke at a rally on “ending unconstitutional wars” and attended two fundraisers.
Recent polls show that Johnson, who initially sought the GOP presidential nomination, is drawing support away from President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. He said he feels his message appeals to a majority of Americans, who he describes as socially accepting and fiscally responsible.
Johnson spoke with the Observer about this campaign. Some questions and answers have been edited for brevity.
Q. What are you saying to voters?
“I’m the only candidate that wants to get out of Afghanistan tomorrow and bring the troops home. The only candidate that wants to repeal the Patriot Act. Only candidate that would not have signed the national defense authorization act. Only candidate that wants to end the drug wars..”