setting aside Rand, Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul is a Yotta-times more the libertarian, than you'll EVER be, Gary Johnson, who was not even aware of what Non-Agression Principle/Axiom was, or who Mises was, until a youthful R3VOL confronted him, and later re-challenged by Robert Wenzel, in an interview.
Nope, idiot L-R liberals aren't trying to keep libertarians and libertarian leaning republicans divided.
If you want to be a strict constructionist Constitutionalist? YES, marriage is a state-issue. But, being the principled libertarian that Dr. Paul is, he's ALWAYS said that no govt has any business deciding whom one should love or marry. So... 'Dear Govt, GTFO of my private life!' is "punting?"
Way to lose your credibility Gary.
Not to rehash the intra-r3VOL RP vs. GJ divide post-Randpocalypse, but here's the prime reason why he never gained much traction with us; it's clear, principally, intellectually, he doesn't 'get' the principal fundamental elements of freedom philosophy: NAP/NAA.
While for those dancing around the status-quo political paradigm more interested in intentionally politically rephrasing their campaign platform to appeal to, and increase constituency from the traditionally bowel-'movement Left,' of course, that is exactly what one would do, to 'soften' the image wholly concocted by the pro-Dem-GOP duopoly loving MSM of "those 'heartless, cold, racist libertarians.'"
I'm sure Gary is a well meaning, nice person, which probably is why his reticence to not ruffle the feathers, comes off awkward as a guy more concerned with not alienating people than standing on principle, and follow his own principled logic all the way through.
It's like after discovering a Rolls Royce of principled consistency, do you go back to a Chinese knock-off made by Geely?
Sure, Doc's not perfect, but it's like once you've been 'principally spoiled,' well...simply put, once you go Ron Paul, you simply don't go back!
Predictions in due Time...
"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul