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Meet Judge Jim Gray, The Libertarian Party’s VP Candidate

With the “Veepstakes” over and the spotlight on Mitt Romney’s newly announced running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, here’s a closer look at the vice presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, Judge Jim Gray.

AdvertisementWhy’s it newsworthy? The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States. Its presidential ticket for 2012 is expected to be on the ballot in all fifty states, has qualified with the FEC for matching federal campaign funds, and has already met one of the two main requirements to share the presidential debate stage with the Republican and Democratic candidates this Fall. The Libertarian ticket is working hard to meet the second threshold: 15% support in selected national polls.

It’s a credible effort from a ticket headed up by what is arguably the Libertarian Party’s most credible and well-credentialed nominee in its forty year history: Gary Johnson, a two-term governor from New Mexico. Johnson selected his running mate earlier this year: former federal prosecutor for the US Attorney’s office in Los Angeles, Navy Veteran, and Orange County Superior Court Judge, Jim Gray.

Gray says he agreed to be Gary Johnson’s running mate on one condition, that the objective of the ticket is to actually win the presidential election, not merely to use the presidential campaign as a platform for sharing libertarian ideas as the Libertarian Party has tended to do in the past:

“Actually when Governor Gary Johnson asked me to be his running mate it was deeply exciting, but I said there’s one condition and that is that we run to win. None of this moral victory stuff. None of this making a good showing. And he said, ‘Yes, that’s exactly where I am.’”

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