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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Gary Johnson Throws a Party Share | The former New Mexico governor becomes a Libertarian, and perhaps a spoiler.

Nobody is writing Ron Paul off. No matter what happens, he will always be the intellectual foundation of the liberty movement as well as the Father of the Revolution. If we can't vote for Ron Paul because he doesn't make it as the GOP nominee, we've got to take a look at Gary Johnson who has an impressive record as governor of New Mexico.
During the 1990s, Johnson was the only governor in the country to advocate drug decriminalization....While all of this is considered terribly eccentric in Republican circles, Johnson’s history is an asset in the Libertarian Party. But the ex-governor isn’t some stoner out of “Dazed and Confused” or “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” He built a multimillion-dollar construction business. He is an avid athlete who climbs mountains, runs, and bicycles. And he was by most accounts a successful governor. Johnson cut taxes 14 times and never approved a single tax increase. Yet by the time he left office in 2003, New Mexico was one of only four states with a balanced budget. That’s because Johnson was a steadfast foe of government spending, earning the nickname “Governor Veto.” Johnson vetoed over 750 bills, more than all the other governors combined. Unlike some other would-be presidents, his record of fiscal conservatism isn’t confined to warming up the crowd at a Tea Party rally. “As governor, Mr. Johnson showed that a non-ideological, pragmatic libertarianism can work as a governing philosophy,” wrote libertarian blogger Will Wilkinson...
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The American Conservative 

Gary Johnson is also marketing himself as the anti-war candidate. Johnson has a long record of being critical of U.S. foreign policy and his opposition to the wars is well known.
Gary Johnson, the anti-war 2012 candidate. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is branding himself as the anti-war candidate of the 2012 campaign, dismissing both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as standard-bearers for “interventionism.”
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Politico