Two-term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who until today has been running for the President of the United States, just announced he has left the Republican Party and has signed on with the Libertarian Party. He made the announcement this morning at 10AM MST in New Mexico’s Capitol Rotunda in Santa Fe. Afterward, there will be an informal gathering for media and the public from 1-4PM MST at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe. Johnson will need to gain the Party’s nomination against other Libertarian Party candidates who are vying for the same position. Gary Johnson is now a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party; he registered in New Mexico as a Libertarian voter and today will re-file his paperwork to show his candidacy is now under the Libertarian Party banner.
Citing an end to the two-party system, Gary Johnson said, “The majority of Americans are classically liberal…which is socially liberal and fiscally responsible.” He added, “Both political parties are for sale. Nobody in this race, Democrat or Republican, is talking about real solutions to illegal immigration.”
Gary Johnson is the one candidate in the field who could be a serious contender against President Obama in the general election due to his ability to attract liberals and conservatives. He can bring in the NORML crowd, while also bringing in those interested in seeing a balanced federal budget as Johnson has promised to introduce to Congress when elected. He can also bring in the LGBT voters as he is the only candidate to come out in support of gay marriage – not even Obama has gone so far. The other presidential candidates in the field are either too divisive, lack enough funding to make it to the finish or have ‘flip-flopped’ so many times America can no longer trust them. According to Philip Blumel, President of U.S. Term Limits, Gary Johnson is the only presidential candidate to have signed a pledge for Congressional term limits which is wildly popular amongst American voters. Johnson is also famous for vetoing more bills that came to his desk for signature than all the governors combined during his two terms as Governor of New Mexico. So the Gary Johnson campaign offers disenchanted Obama supporters a place to go and feel clean in their support of a candidate with a track record in line with their values, instead of the broken promises of Obama.
Ron Paul is a great candidate in many ways with tremendous grassroots support; however his divisiveness will not lend him the broad support needed to win a general election against Obama. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have shown themselves to lack the integrity needed to gain the trust of American voters and stand little chance against the Obama machine. There are other great candidates running for the office, however have not had the groundswell of support needed to get to the finish line. Gary Johnson was also a Republican elected Governor in a state dominated by Democrats 2 to 1 – twice which goes to show how popular he can become once his voice is heard.
Johnson, whose broad appeal never caught on with the Republican Party, will be able to reach out to many more Americans through the Libertarian Party and bring in more support from the young to the old. And it is little wonder why the Republican Party kicked Gary to the curb – they do not care for his broad appeal if it could have won them back the White House. Gary Johnson started his campaign just this past May, has been at a disadvantage to the other candidates who started much earlier. With early primaries starting in less than one week, he is not expected to do well in the four states where his name will appear on the ballot in January, including here in Florida.
Libertarian Party chairman, Mark Hinkle, was on hand at the event in New Mexico and said, “I am glad to welcome Gary back to the Libertarian Party as he was once a party member. I am delighted to be here to welcome you.”
The Libertarian Party will nominate their candidate for President of the United States in May, 2012 at the Libertarian Party’s national convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although Johnson would be the clear favorite, he has promised he is not taking anything for granted and would “work for the nomination.” If you question whether Johnson is the clear favorite, simply ask yourself, how many of the other Libertarian Party presidential candidates has the chairman of the national party been on hand for their announcement? Gary Johnson’s “Live Free” campaign slogan should play well to the Libertarian base and to America as whole.