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Possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson opens up to The Daily Caller

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by KenH, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

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    Hopefully, Gary Johnson will be an even greater pain in the side to the Republican Establishment during the 2012 election cycle than Ron Paul was during the 2008 election cycle.

    Possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson opens up to TheDC

    By Amanda Carey - The Daily Caller 1:46 AM 11/04/2010

    “For eight years,” former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson said with a wide grin on his face, “I was a libertarian governor disguised as a Republican!” Often dubbed the “next Ron Paul,” Johnson wears the libertarian (small “L”) label proudly, though in an interview with The Daily Caller he swore he was still a Republican.

    “The Republivcan has treated me very well,” said Johnson on a recent visit to TheDC’s Washington headquarters. The line is probably one he’ll be repeating often, as it is widely speculated Johnson will run for president in 2012 on the Republican Party ticket. His visit, in fact, came just days after a profile of him ran in The New Republic that quoted one Johnson confidant as saying, “There’s no waiting or seeing. It’s a done deal.”


    Johnson’s political career to date has lasted exactly eight years – two consecutive terms as governor of New Mexico. And that, as Johnson pointed out, says something, considering the fact that New Mexico is a majority Democratic state by a ratio of 2 to 1.

    But it wasn’t easy, said Johnson, who talked about how even the Republicans at the state level tried to grow the size of government. “I had to veto roughly 100 bills where the vote [in the State Legislature] was 117-0,” said Johnson, though without a trace of self pity. For Johnson, it rather seems like a badge of honor.