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Gary Johnson Receives Huge Endorsement in Bid for Libertarian Nomination

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Gary Johnson’s bid for the Libertarian Party nomination continues to pick up steam after an endorsement from a key party official this week. William Redpath, a Virginia native, has spent years protecting the rights of independent and third party candidates, ensuring that they appear on ballots across the nation.

From 2006 to 2010, Redpath served as chairman of the National Libertarian Party. He’s been the chairman of the Virginia Libertarian Party and treasurer of the National Committee. And this week, he decided to endorse Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination.

Redpath said in his announcement:

“2016 presents the greatest opportunity nationally for the Libertarian Party in many years. For us to seize this opportunity, it is essential that our presidential candidate be credible, serious and a widely-recognized champion of small government and greater freedom. We are fortunate to have such a candidate in Governor Johnson. I am proud to support him, and look forward to working with him toward historic success in November.

 

I am also grateful for the Governor Johnson’s work, often behind-the-scenes, to help ensure that Libertarian candidates are not unfairly denied ballot access. The fight against those who try to keep us off the ballot never ends, and Governor Johnson has been and continues to be a great supporter of our efforts.”

After formally beginning his campaign on January 6, 2016, Johnson has received sizable support from politicians and celebrities alike. Governor Jesse Ventura, Judge Jim Gray, Daniel Hannan, and comedian Drew Carey are among his other notable endorsements.

Johnson received the third highest popular vote total in the 2012 presidential election, the highest in Libertarian Party history. With many voters becoming increasingly disenfranchised with the two-party system and jaded by their options, Johnson will likely become an even more popular alternative in 2016.

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John Steven Häkkinen
John Steven Häkkinen

At this point Johnson looks like the only sane choice if we are forced to pick between the Trump chump or Killary.

Troy Evans
Troy Evans

His name is Gary Johnson. Former governor of New Mexico. He is an idiot. Some of the laws he tried to pass are about the same as another Obama administration. He is not the person who you want to vote for. Our country will end up in in the a wasteland with him as a president.

Dawn Lada
Dawn Lada

Who the hell has heard of him...maybe 2024.

Jane Yesberg
Jane Yesberg

The Koch brothers are Libertarian. You might as well say Ayn Randian. There is NO socialism, "All of us", in their agenda.

Bruce
Bruce

Votes don't count from citizens. Only elites. Says the media.

Chris Ingalls
Chris Ingalls

AMERICA: HOME Of The COWARDS And FOOLS! You and Hillary were for invading Iraq and over 7 trillion dollars later, of your money, you want her as your president? Now she wants the women that don't support her to feel guilty which should work well for the less intelligent. Bernie knows politics and stands strong! He would best serve the American people, male and female. Money buys lobbyists, votes and politicians. This is not a Democracy and our government does not represent the will of the people.The wealthiest 1% who don't bother to vote and with 70% of Americans wealth are running the show which is why most Democrats in Washington didn't support Obama during his first term. I stand with Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, "We're governed by an Oligarchy." I also stand with Elizabeth Warren, "The average employed American was taken for $45,000 last year alone." The number of Americans living in poverty will continue to grow while the middle class will continue to shrink and working women will continue to enrich the wealthiest 1% for the next 20 years easily! Able to afford the best and brightest, Hillary is a great political actor with a well rehearsed script. She will buy her way into the White House and along with Bill become a couple hundred million dollars richer not to mention GOING TO WORK for the Ruling Class! But we mustn't forget she will throw the females a bone! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1025195424205243&set=a.230415463683247.58642.100001443855443&type=3&theater

Howard McCartney
Howard McCartney

If I don't like my main stream choice I will and have many times voted outside the box. But I will vote.

JD DeLemont
JD DeLemont

I would rather Jill Stein. But I think third party candidates are an important part of the equation.

JosiahSchmidt
JosiahSchmidt

Great news! Also, this is an incorrect usage of the word disenfranchised. Disenfranchised means you lose your right to vote (i.e. You lose your voting franchise). I think what you meant to say is disillusioned or disappointed.

Kay Dodson
Kay Dodson

"Thoughts?" I'm thinking, who the hell is Gary Johnson?

Neitha Long
Neitha Long

I don't see any need for a 3rd party, I don't see any need for the 2 we have, why the he'll can't you be a person with the right to vote any way you want.

Bobby Gattman
Bobby Gattman

#Trump 2016. The only true America running for the American people.

Gary Will
Gary Will

Vote for Johnson and elect Hillary Clinton.

Herb Laing
Herb Laing

A viable alternative to what the Democrats or Republicans are offering.

Kurt Griffith
Kurt Griffith

In a way that IS kind of impressive, given the contrary independent streak of Libertarian folk, there is a bit of a "herding cats" aspect to stumping for the Libertarian vote. I'm a Sanders man, but I do appreciate where he is coming from.

Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams

This is the same Gary Johnson that while governor of New Mexico turned a blind eye to Agenda 21 being implemented in the state and the police acting like East German Stazi and worse? No Thanks. He is not a libertarian and I am extremely disappointed that the libertarian party even considers him. You have become as bad as the dems and reps. So now I guess we have a 3 sided coin owned by the globalist bankers. That leaves only the Constitution Party that has We The People and the Constitution and Bill of Rights as it's core values.

Denton Thorne
Denton Thorne

Spring has sprung. Fall has fell and the GOP is going to … tear itself apart if it does not come together and acknowledge the frustrations and anger of the American people and offer a solution to rectify the disastrous consequences of Obama’s domestic and foreign policies that have forced businesses and jobs out of America, if the GOP does not rectify Obama’s open borders policy that eliminates money from needed projects and redirects it to support illegal immigration at the expense of American taxation and jobs lost, and if the GOP does not rectify Obama’s and Hillary’s failed foreign policy that has left the world in dangerous turmoil.

Lorie Guilford
Lorie Guilford

Maybe more libertarians should run for congress and senate too.

MikeFisher1
MikeFisher1

Gary, who got the $57 Million that investors sunk into your pot penny-scam company Medican (MDCN) ?? How about your other penny stock scam CBDS ?? Gonna pay them back ???

Patrick Caudle
Patrick Caudle

Lot of R and D trolls on this page LOL Independent Voter shouldn't anyone who seriously states "voting other than R or D is a wasted vote" be removed from the page? Ultimately they are only here to troll and disrupt valid conversation.

Chris Alessandro
Chris Alessandro

No. Nobody should be removed from the page. We're here to engage in discussion. While I certainly abhor that kind of thinking, banning them will accomplish precisely zero. We need to educate them. Break their programming.

Hugh Fawcett
Hugh Fawcett

TRUMP 2016 for President forget Johnson!!!!

John M Ficarro
John M Ficarro

I hate the extreme polarization that has happened, but we are a long long way from a 3rd party being viable. In fact, there will be competing forces (libertarian, green, no labels) each trying to grab a piece of that small pie making it more unlikely.

Rose Pond
Rose Pond

Virginians helped Texas seek independence from Mexico AND turned into Republicans! Duh!

John Plumb
John Plumb

Michael Prokos, that's because when you don't believe in collective investment you end up with collective crap.

Charles Damian King
Charles Damian King

Libertarians won't pick up more then a 4-5% increase They will never be a threat to the big two .The pot and poppy growers lobby on K Street would be happy put as far as citizens united and other threats to the republic nothing changes .

Douglas Day
Douglas Day

libertarians are republicans who want to legalize pot

Jb Barberosa
Jb Barberosa

At this point, there is no third party, unless you just want to waste your vote. I'm registered independent, but I know what I have to do!

Ralph Famularo
Ralph Famularo

The Green Party and Libertarian Party, at least, should be part of the political debate with equal access to the media and electoral process. We need a yuuuge overhaul of the system before it ends in collapse and possible violence.

Clyde Darrin Myers
Clyde Darrin Myers

At best we may get 5%. That'll at least get us into the conversation.

Rick Barnes
Rick Barnes

No fan of the two party system, but if our theirs choice is these guys,mushy bother.

Rick Barnes
Rick Barnes

I was on Medicare while on dialysis, and receiving a kidney transplant. The only people who have told me I had no right to money from their earnings for my personal needs were libertarians. So my opinion of them is they are below human compassion, and just bad people. N

Diane Demaria
Diane Demaria

NO MATTER WHAT WE MUST DEFEAT HILLARY CLINTON THIS PRESIDENTIAL RACE IS AND WILL BE HISTORICAL. DONALD TRUMP AS DEFINITELY STARTED A MOVEMENT AND HAVE AWAKEN THE GOOD PEOPLE OF AMERICA. IT IS TIIME FOR ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER HAS ONENATION UNDER GOD AND FIGHT TO TAKE AMERICA BACK WHERE SHE BELONGS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL WHO WE THE PEOPLE HAVE ELECTED ARE TRYING TO SELL OUR COUNTRY FROM US. THE BELOVED AMERICA THAT WE OUR SOLDIERS HAVE FORT AND GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR FREEDOM AND TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE. HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN IS BEING FUNDED BY MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES LIKE PAKISTAN, IRAN, IRAQ ETC. WHILE HILLARY WAS SECRETARY OF STATE. HILLARY,OBAMA AND FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ NOURI MALIKI HAVE COHOOTS TOGETHER TO FUND ISIS WITH TAX PAYERS MONEY. NOURI MALIKI IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ENTITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL CRIMES INCLUDING GENOCIDE. HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN ALSO BEING FUNDED BY THE KKK AND THE KKK ALSO HAS ENDORSED HER CAMPAIGN. HILLARY CLINTON HAS SEVERLY COMPROMISED CLASSIFIED EMAILS AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DEATHS OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS ESPECIALLY INCLUDING THE NIGHTMARE OF BENGHAZI, I ASK YOU AMERICAN PEOPLE WHETHER YOU ARE DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN ETC HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT LOSING YOUR LOVED ONE A SOLDIER WHO HAS GIVEN EVERYTHIING TO KEEP US FREE. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF IT WERE YOUR SON, DAUGHTER, BROTHER SISTER FATHER OR MOTHER. THE GAUL OF OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO NOT INDICT AND PROSECUTE HILLARY CLINTON, THE EVIL BEAST OF DC SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT. HOW IS THAT SHOWING JUSTICE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BILL CLINTON SHOULD ALSO BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE FOR SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS RAPE SODAMIZE WHILE HILLARY CLINTON CONDONED IT AND COVERED IT UP. INCLUDING OUR PRESIDENTS NO ONE SHOULD BE ABOVE THE LAW. BILL CLINTON AND HILLARY SHOULD BE IN PRISON FOR LIFE AND OBAMA IMPEACHED. 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IN THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS VIOLENT RIOTS IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN ARE SO BAD THAT IT IS VIOLATING OUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH AND TO LISTEN TO FREE SPEECH, MOST OF THE VIOLENT PROTESTERS ARE BEING PAID TO DO IT IN AN ATTEMPT TO STOP DONALD TRUMP. VIOLATING HIS RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH. IF HILLARY GETS TO THE WHITE HOUSE OUR CONSITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO FREE SPEECH, RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS AND ALL THE RIGHTS OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE FOUGHT FOR AND THEIR DEATHS WILL BE IN VAIN. NO MATTER WHAT WE MUST COME TOGETHER TO GET BACK OUR COUNTRY OR HILLARY AND OUR CORRUPTED GOVERNMENTS WILL NEVER BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE AND AMERICA WILL RUN A MUCK. OUR CHILDREN FUTURE WILL BE AT STAKE. DONALD TRUMP HAS GIVEN US A VOICE AND WITH HIS LEADERSHIP WE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN YELL LOUD AN CLEAR NO MORE ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN NUMBERS WAY OUT THE CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT AND WE NEED TO SHOW FEAR AND REMIND THE CORRUPTED CRONIE GOVERNMENT THAT WE WILL FIGHT THE GOVERNMENT TO STOP THE TYRANTS OF WHITE HOUSE. 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Timothy Johnson
Timothy Johnson

Thanks for the laugh! Libertarians for government you can't count on. : )

Steve Sand
Steve Sand

I'll never vote libertarian. I'm a social libertarian, but not a fiscal one.

Steve Sand
Steve Sand

Just a difference of opinion, man. Libertarian economics, in my opinion favor the rich and create inequality. In practice they don't work. This whole idea of a "free market" is nonsense.

Steve Sand
Steve Sand

Where are you getting that data?

Chris Alessandro
Chris Alessandro

I'll ask this again. Do you think it benefits me, in Rhode Island, to be able to get corn from Nebraska, potatoes from Idaho, steel from Pittsburgh, etc? Do you think it benefits them? Or do you think all these transactions just benefit the rich?

Chris Alessandro
Chris Alessandro

Do you believe that people from different states should be able to buy and sell products between them?

Chris Alessandro
Chris Alessandro

Except that the global poverty rate has been cut in half since we started liberalizing economies. These things don't favor the rich. They give everyone an opportunity.

Steve Sand
Steve Sand

I just want to know where you're getting your data. I can't fairly form an opinion of what you're claiming without seeing the source.

Steve Sand
Steve Sand

Your line of questioning is nonsense. Even the usage of a standardized currency is a type of regulation. There is no unregulated free market. When did I ever say anything about stopping interstate trade? The article you just posted still makes a bunch of assumptions that can't be attributed to "free market capitalism" and it doesn't back up the claim you made earlier. There really is no point in continuing this conversation, you cannot change my mind and I can't change yours.

Steve Sand
Steve Sand

I'd also wager that you're fine with a lot of different government interference. Things like child labor laws and various workers rights.

Chris Alessandro
Chris Alessandro

Currency is easily exchangeable. My point about interstate trade was that if you understand that trading across the imaginary lines created by states is beneficial to all involved, then you could logically come to the conclusion that trade across the imaginary lines created by countries would be beneficial to all as well. And free markets doesn't mean no regulations. It means lifting barriers. Anything entering the country would still need to meet safety standards and health regulations. This is a common misconception among protectionists.