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Gary Johnson Announces Presidential Bid; Challenges Two-Party Control of Debates

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Former governor of New Mexico and 2012 Libertarian presidential nominee for president, Gary Johnson, announced his candidacy for president Wednesday. Johnson made the announcement via Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox Business, saying, “I’m hoping to get the Libertarian nomination for president in 2016.”

During his announcement, Johnson highlighted his platform priorities, which include:

  • Reducing the $20 trillion national debt;
  • Increasing personal freedom;
  • Reducing the size and scope of government;
  • Being fiscally conservative and socially liberal; and
  • Protecting the freedom of religion while cutting off funding for the politics of Sharia law.

Johnson has been very vocal about the lack of competition in the presidential election process. He’s previously argued that the Commission on Presidential Debates has purposely written the rules to exclude all candidates who are neither Republican nor Democrat:

“We’ve sued the Presidential Debate Commission” said Johnson during his announcement. “The notion that if you’re on the ballot in enough states to mathematically be elected president [then] you should be included in the presidential debates. If the Libertarian nominee for president, and I hope that’s me, is in the presidential debates, I think that a lot of things can change in this country.”

When prodded by Cavuto as to whether or not a Gary Johnson candidacy might “hurt” the eventual republican nominee, Johnson rebuffed saying, “I think a lot of people hold to that belief, but in fact, that’s not the case at all. When it comes to Libertarians, Libertarians draw as many votes from Democrats as they do from Republicans.”

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dandj
dandj

So GLAD your running again this year. Hope you win the nomination! For the first time in years (2012) I voted for a presidential candidate worth voting for. Gary Johnson and not the lesser of the two evils. It felt good to vote again. We need you in the presidential debates to win!!

charleswierzbicki710
charleswierzbicki710

Obama is leaving America a bequest of mass dependency, racial division and anti-government fury. The “president of cool” is the king of chaos.

Dissident Politics
Dissident Politics

@charleswierzbicki710 

Nah, you got that wrong. Ryan, Boenhner, McConnell and tea bags in congress are leaving America a bequest of mass dependency, racial division and anti-government fury (literally, not figuratively). Republican politicians are the real kings of chaos, hate and blind, intolerant ideology. And failed policies that go back decades.

See how easy it is to turn anything in politics around? That includes your completely unsupported, hate-filled blast.

Instead of your mindless, hate-filled, subjective opinion, how about some objective (real) proof?

charleswierzbicki710
charleswierzbicki710

L.M.A.O , what a rant you got posted , your hate card is run out of gas and mean nothing , and your blame card is run out of gas ,  blame other is run out of gas., and (real) proof? i don't need any (real) proof, your all the proof i need , And failed policies that go back decades. yes why don't you go back 100 year,s to 1916 and  hang out with Lenin became the virtual dictator of the first Marxist state in the world. His government made peace with Germany, nationalized industry and distributed land, but beginning in 1918 had to fight a devastating civil war against anti-Bolshevik White Army forces. In 1920, the anti-Bolsheviks were defeated, and in 1922 the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was established., L.M.A.O same talking piont's of the RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, go bye your a waste of time

charleswierzbicki710
charleswierzbicki710

@Dissident Politics @charleswierzbicki710 L.M.A.O The leader of Communist Russia, Joseph Stalin, was paranoid of opposition. It was this paranoia that led to the Great Purge where millions of people were executed or sent to labor camps in Siberia.,sound just like you paranoid of opposition., so sorry to tell you  opposition to you. will ever stop , so keep trying to stop it, good luck with that

Dissident Politics
Dissident Politics

@charleswierzbicki710 

Hi Charles,

As you say "i don't need any (real) proof, your all the proof i need."

You eloquently make my point for me: Proof is irrelevant in standard partisan two-party politics.

Thanks for your help. Keep L'ing.Y*.A.O. The more you L.Y.A.O., the more you help me  make my points

Thanks again..

*Y = your


Troy Harness
Troy Harness

The problem is that we don't have a real third party therefore, anyone that wants to run outside of the current two party system doesn't stand a chance of winning. This would mean that person would only draw votes from the other candidates which could result in the worst possible candidate winning. I would like to see a National Independent Party if we could come to a consensus on a platform.

NormanHooben
NormanHooben

Johnson has as much a chance as becoming president of the United States as do I...and I'd love to be president; I would do the job none of the other candidate are willing to do.  I'd put Obama behind bars!

NormanHooben
NormanHooben

Can we start a "WRITE IN" campaign?


Who been in the kitchen

Who been in the hall

Hooben in the White House

Fighting for us all

Jim Heminger
Jim Heminger

Sanford, That is a distinct possibility. It sure would make an interesting race.

Arthur Davis
Arthur Davis

Isn't this wonderful, people calling other people names and telling people to get out of your country. This is our country. Some people got very greedy and unkind. Take a long look in your mirror. If you want to argue, find someone else.

Jo Leah Herod
Jo Leah Herod

Dream on, Trumps got this. Is this the Establishment can do, try and split the vote?

Sanford Heath
Sanford Heath

Guess Bernie can run as an independent after Hillary steals the nomination. And Trump can too after Cruz steals the Republican nominatuon

Pg Forte
Pg Forte

We'll only have "real debates" when the moderators aren't biased and the questions aren't lame.

Jim Heminger
Jim Heminger

I am not happy with either party, but candidates that are not part of either party does not make them all equal. What they stand for matters. Being independent is attractive but does not always make them qualified. The only reason Trump is running as a Republican and Sanders is running as a Democrat is because they know that gives them the best chance of being elected.

Mark Turner
Mark Turner

Jayse Wyatt no,Bernie is gonna shake things up big time,however he will be asking for the help of millions of grassroot individuals to join and back him up,which he has stated many times...We the People must take a stand against the republican and democratic,2 party,organized crime cartel,of which he is not a part,because he refuses mega doners,super pacs,etc,and will fight them tooth and nail..The corporate monopoly hates him,and that is precisely why the people should love him..I mean hey,aren't you sick and tired of watching the criminals in congress give 90% of our tax dollars to the 1%?i sure as hell am.

Jayse Wyatt
Jayse Wyatt

I voted for Johnson in 2012 but if he doesn't run I'm going to vote Stein,but Bernie? He's basically a Democrat and if he gets lucky and gets the nomination he will have to answer to the slime that run the Democratic party.

Jayse Wyatt
Jayse Wyatt

The lesser of two evils is a fallacy,you might as well vote for the candidate you agree with the most because it doesn't matter whether it's the duopoly's left side that wins or its right side,the results are the same.

Duncan Stitt
Duncan Stitt

I got the info off of the Vote Smart website. When a candidate refuses to answer the survey, as Gary Johnson has, Vote Smart has to look to the candidate's recent rhetoric to guess his positions on specific issues. Google Vote Smart.

Mark Turner
Mark Turner

i don't know where you got your info,but it is way,way off base...Fox News perhaps..

Jayse Wyatt
Jayse Wyatt

You have been caught in the lesser of two evils fallacy.

Mark Turner
Mark Turner

the only real intelligent vote would be against the republican and democratic,2 party,organized crime cartel..we need to fill washington with 3rd party people,but americans are still way too brainwashed and stupid for that to become a reality,yet,anyway..

Joe Lanza
Joe Lanza

I voted for Jill Stein in 2012 as well.

Gary Goodwin
Gary Goodwin

From one Gary to another Gary !!! Go away Trumps got this ..

Jim Heminger
Jim Heminger

Bernie, the ignorance in the comments on this post are mind blowing. Gary Johnson is a former Republican that switched to the Libertarian party last election. Many on this post equate him with Bernie Sanders because both do not consider themselves part of our current two party system. One comment even suggested that it would be great if they ran together. Few that commented understand that our current debates are to choose a nominee for either the Democrat or Republican Party and that Gary Johnson would not qualify to run in those debates. Technically Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat and for some reason the Democrat party allows him to run for their nomination anyway. What any third party or independent candidate wants is to be included in debates for the general election after the D's and R's have selected their nominee. No wonder our country elected Obama twice. People need to get educated so they can cast an intelligent vote.

Duncan Stitt
Duncan Stitt

According to Project Vote Smart, Gary Johnson has refused to answer their survey on the issues we all care about. His implied positions indicate he would repeal Obamacare, block gun control, block tax increases on the rich, (even though the tax rate on the rich has been reduced from 90% to 15% over the last 50 years,) and he would not use federal spending as a tool to boost the economy. In 2012 he was running as a Republican, and it shows.

Jerry Rehanek
Jerry Rehanek

His running will FINISH off USA….Gone Kaqputtttt!

Harvey Vickery
Harvey Vickery

Lets put Freedom back in America...end the two party system and let the people hear from the people...

charleswierzbicki710
charleswierzbicki710

Mike Honda has been simmering on the congressional hot seat for the better part of a year, but the eight-term rep has mostly avoided commenting on the ethics probe he’s been embroiled in—and not just because he keeps falling asleep on the House floor.


The House Committee on Ethics has plenty of information to go on, but sources recently told San Jose Inside that the group hasn’t acted on recommendations to subpoena individuals with knowledge of Honda’s most recent race, such as former campaign manager Doug Greven. Rep. Nancy Pelosi promised to “drain the swamp” when the House committee was created, but she probably didn’t think one of her closest political allies would land in such a quagmire. Even Republicans might be leery of pushing hard for the truth, as individuals who stick their necks out quickly become targets in election years.


A more recent report regarding Honda’s biggest donors—and how these people received concierge-level service—likely won’t be the last hiccup for the congressman, who will have to defend his record and pay top-dollar defense attorneys while trying to fend off Ro Khanna in a rematch from 2014.


http://www.sanjoseinside.com/2016/01/04/2016-year-in-preview-jails-rep-honda-police-and-pot/

Jeff Marston
Jeff Marston

The vote draw is mainly from Republicans but I hope he gets the nomination and is somehow included in the debates.

RichardWinger
RichardWinger

@Jeff Marston All the actual hard data I have ever seen shows that people who vote Libertarian are slightly more inclined to vote Democratic than Republican.  In 1996 California had a blanket presidential primary. The Statement of Votes for that primary shows the vote for each presidential candidate by party membership.  Only two-tenths of 1% of the registered Republicans voted for Harry Browne, the Libertarian presidential candidate, but three-tenths of 1% of the registered Democrats voted for him.  Also in 1980 there was a special State Senate election, 12th district, in Santa Clara County that was simultaneous with the regular primary, so the vote was available by party, and the Libertarian, Bill White, who got 11.90%  got more support from registered Democrats than from registered Republicans.  He had opponents from both the Dem and Rep Parties.


Also the exit polls for Rob Sarvis, Libertarian for Governor of Virginia in 2013, who got 6.6%, showed he drew slightly more from Democrats than from Republicans.


There are a lot of assumptions made in politics that aren't backed up by actual data.

Weldon Amundsen
Weldon Amundsen

A Libertarian running only siphons votes from the Republicans and aids the Democrats. This third party can't win.

James Dancoe
James Dancoe

Not sure I agree on the primary question. I believe the members of any given party should have the exclusive right to choose who will represent them. After that, it is up to everyone to vote on which candidate gets the job.

NPPsupporter
NPPsupporter

Are you willing to have the parties pay for state governments to conduct the presidential primaries?  Remember, political parties are PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS, using taxpayer dollars to conduct their nominating process.  As long as taxpayers are footing the bill then every taxpayer should have access to the ballot to express their opinion on who the nominees should be.  For example, in California the Independent Voter project would like the Secretary of State to print a Republican ballot for republicans only, a Democratic ballot for democrats, minor party ballots if those parties nominate their presidential through the primary process AND a ballot for no party preference voters which would include ALL candidates for president regardless of party.  Keep in mind that the primaries are nothing more than popularity contests allowing voters to express their preference for president.   Neither party is bound by the results of the primaries or caucuses, in fact, there has been a lot of discussion about a brokered republican convention if no individual candidate ears enough delegates to get the republican nomination.  Also, the parties would not be bound to allot delegates based on independent voters preferences.  


Presidential primaries don't elect anyone to office, they are, intact, nothing more than an opportunity for voters to express who they think would be the best candidates to run  for President.  As long as taxpayers are paying to conduct the elections, then every taxpayer should have the right to express her or his preference.

Ben Hardin
Ben Hardin

December 26 posting on the FB page Electoral Reform for a More Favorable Congress. "And what if presidential primaries also were nonpartisan? Why not include in the debates all viable candidates, i.e. all who achieved a requisite number of signatures in States that together have half the members in the House of Representatives."

Adrian Banks
Adrian Banks

I have a lot of respect for Gary Johnson. The people should be allowed to hear from all the candidates in debates.

Jeff Thomson
Jeff Thomson

Lol. He has literally zero chance of getting more than 2%

Yuki F. Whedbee
Yuki F. Whedbee

Marlin if he's not the part if the story, why did you bring him up!

Dicaprio Gcbs
Dicaprio Gcbs

I voted for him in the last election. And he is right.

Robert Swika
Robert Swika

He has no chance but will take votes from Sanders or Hillary good for Trump!