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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 12:28 AM
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Gary Johnson Mulls Third Party Run
Source: AFP

Longshot Republican candidate mulls third-party run

Disgruntled former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson says he is considering leaving the Republican slate and running as a third-party candidate in the 2012 presidential election.

"I feel abandoned by the Republican Party," Johnson, who has been left out of most of the Republican debates, told the Sante Fe New Mexican newspaper this week, saying he might seek the Libertarian Party's support.

"The Republican Party has left me by the wayside," said Johnson, whose polling numbers have recently been so low that they are often not even being picked up by pollsters.

"If I'd have been included in 16 of the last debates we wouldn't even be having this conversation," he said.

While the Libertarians are on the ballot in every state, Johnson acknowledged that the party, which espouse freedom of expression and action, had never received more than one percent of the nationwide vote.

Johnson, 58, holds dear libertarian values such as low taxes and limited government and wants to legalize marijuana. He is also a fitness fanatic, having competed in a number of "Ironman" triathlons and climbed Mount Everest.

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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 12:51 AM
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1. Koch brothers trying to find another candidate.
Now that Cain has blown up.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:15 AM
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2. Yep, google the fool. He's bogus.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:23 AM
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3. Why won't more Democrats/progressives nationally stand up against the war on drugs?
it really takes libertarian Republicans like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson?
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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:46 AM
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4. Not just the war on drugs, but the wars en total.
Well, at least RP does. I don't even know who the fuck Gary Johnson is.
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AverageJoe90 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 02:07 AM
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5. Johnson seems to be quite genuine. RP's just looking for votes..........n/t
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 07:32 AM
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8. Yep. Johnson seems like a genuine libertarian who is looking for votes.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 07:28 AM
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7. "Follow the money" is usually good advice.
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 02:40 AM
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6. Let's hope all the Ron Paul folks line up behind him. (nt)
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 07:33 AM
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9. Both of them?
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 10:21 AM
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10. Ron Paul is crazy but he has a huge following
Ron Paul has a pretty big group of die hards that show up at all kinds of events, he has by far the most loyal group of supporters of any of the Republican candidates. There are not enough of them to win the nomination, but there are more than enough of them to make a major impact on the race. Gary Johnson is nearly identical to Ron Paul on policy issues and I could see many of Paul's supporters moving to Johnson's third party ticket when Paul eventually drops out.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:38 AM
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12. His group of followers is very devoted--almost cultish-- but far from huge.
Bsides, I was obviously joking.
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 11:04 AM
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11. He thinks's he's the Libertarian's "Great RIGHT Hope"
Wow, we saw how well Bob Barr did last time. Any bets Johnson will do worse?
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davidpdx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-29-11 09:29 AM
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13. Apparently Johnson thinks he'll be able to talk a good portion of the gay vote
Because Obama is too conservative.
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-29-11 10:47 AM
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14. Maybe Ron Paul will
run as a third party w/ Johnson as his veep?

I'm thinking with such a set-up, Obama could win. Hell, who cares? They all take their orders from the 1% so what makes the difference?

Well, one big difference is CHOICE. Ron Paul demands no abortions EVER...I should say LEGAL AND SAFE ABORTIONS. Because women will always have abortions.

The 1% likes having the power to control and manipulate...and to make women suffer is especially fun to them. So I guess, I'm back at my original thought...who cares?

Our only chance is to Occupy.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-30-11 04:53 AM
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15. I guess the Douche Baggers are looking for a standard bearer?
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-30-11 09:27 PM
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16. Johnson and Buddy Roemer? How will there be enough room for
2 candidates on the right splitting from the repub party?

I have a recovering repub mother who had heard of Huntsman, but not Johnson nor Roemer. I mentioned that I'd heard of them and realised that both Johnson and Roemer had been shut out of the repub debates and that I'd seen them both on a left leaning show, Up with Chris Hayes, blah, blah, blah...

She wondered why they were on a left leaning show and I mentioned, "Chris has rightwing democrats on his panel discussions, along with left leaning folks, and repubs, trying to have a discussion about ideas..."

I also have a Dem neighbor who hadn't heard of Johnson or Roemer. Both of them are talking 3rd party runs, and I will ask again...will either actually do it, and how will there be enough room for 2 candidates splitting the right wing votes?

I find this very interesting...
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