“But flip over to 2012,” he said, “and what you see is a lack of enthusiasm and a lack of confidence, not only in Obama, but in everybody, in everything. And so instead of Obama getting 66 percent of the young vote, the poll I did in May had him at 46 percent, and if that keeps up it could be disastrous.” Young voters won’t go for Romney, Zogby said. But it is possible that some could be siphoned off by Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate.
“The battle over the young vote is going to take place on college campuses, and isn’t going to be Obama vs. Romney,” Zogby said, “It’s going to be Obama vs. Johnson.” That’s the short-term. In the long run things are a bit foggier.
When voters hit the polls countrywide, they’ll see at least three options for president. One of them is former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. As the Libertarian candidate, he’s pitching himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal.
“I'm going to be the only candidate that doesn't want to bomb Iran. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to get out Afghanistan now—and the wars. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to end the drug war. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to bring about marriage equality, believing that it’s a constitutionally guaranteed right.”
Latest round of polls exclude Libertarian Presidential nominee
July 10, 2012
By Karl Dickey
No matter if you look at Quinnipiac, Public Policy Polling, Rasmussen, NBC/Marist or WeAskAmerica the name of the Libertarian Party Presidential nominee, Gary Johnson’s name will not be mentioned. Nor will his name be mentioned in the normal news conversation covering the Presidential campaign.
As Gary Johnson’s campaign has gained steam and while his polling numbers were increasing, suddenly the media and polling doors have closed for the Johnson campaign.
James Gray, Libertarian Vice Prez Candidate, Stumps in Santa Barbara
July 11, 2012
Santa Barbara Independent
By Nick Welsh
Don’t bother telling retired Orange County judge James Gray how being vice president isn’t “worth a bucket of warm spit,” a description made famous by a disgruntled former occupant of that office. Gray, best known as the judge who publicly denounced the “war on drugs” as a futile waste of money and human life, is now running for the Number Two spot on the Libertarian ticket and was in town last Friday to press the flesh and raise money.
Americans most likely will not vote for a third-party candidate in 2012. But, if they do, that vote will likely hurt Mitt Romney.
A Gallup poll finds the third-party candidate with the most support nationally is Libertarian Gary Johnson who comes in at 3%. Barack Obama and Romney are virtually tied nationally in the same poll. But, the same survey shows those who would vote for a third-party candidate would do so at the expense of Mitt Romney.
When Gary Johnson switched from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party last year, the former two-term New Mexico Governor knew his Presidential campaign would have to do without certain necessities, like money and media coverage. Appearing to be well on his way to securing inclusion on all 50 state ballots however, the underdog Presidential candidate is successfully moving on to the next phase – polling 15 percent and a place at the debates.
Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson is still struggling to get his name on the polls, so in an effort to garner more media attention, Johnson started a new money bomb with the goal of getting $10,000 for every percent needed to get into the debates, $150,000 in total. State polls show him with roughly 6-9%, but Johnson hopes that can change after his continued success at achieving ballot access and changing his focus towards getting more votes.
As part of our summer series “Liberty On The Rise” we were able to get an opportunity to speak with Libertarian candidate for President, Gary Johnson. Johnson has served as Governor of New Mexico and had a successful small business.
Governor Johnson is excited about his campaign so far and believes the momentum will only get stronger. ”I think that for the fraction of a penny that we’re operating on relative to my two opponents dollars, I think we’re doing pretty well. I think that it’s going to grow bigger.”
Libertarian's Johnson seeks debate slot with Obama, Romney
July 13, 2012
Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Laura Myers
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is a man with little baggage, political or otherwise.
The Libertarian presidential nominee travels light, two carry-ons, no fees. He has no entourage, opening his own hotel room door at Paris Las Vegas on the Strip when a reporter arrives Friday to conduct an interview.
Gary Johnson addresses Freedom Fest crowd in Las Vegas
July 14, 2012
By Karl Dickey
Speaking Saturday at the annual Freedom Fest in Las Vegas, Libertarian Party presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson charged that the greatest threats to freedom in the U.S. today are not foreign aggressors, but the federal government itself. The crowd is full of Libertarians, Republicans, Democrats and Independents who are interested in networking and learning what they can do to find freedom in an unfree world.
Supporters bombard CNN with requests to cover Gary Johnson
July 16, 2012
By Alicia M. Cohn
Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson wants people to know he is running for president.
Johnson’s campaign launched a “Twitter Bomb” campaign on Monday, asking supporters to tweet the hashtag #BlackoutCNN and contact CNN asking them to include their candidate in polls as well as provide him equal coverage as a presidential nominee.
Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson Will End The War On Marijuana Users
July 16, 2012
As we’ve pointed out before, Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson is the only candidate that will be on every state ballot and talking about the failed War on Drugs, more specifically, the destructive war on marijuana users.
You probably don’t give a great deal of thought to Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate. Maybe you should. Mitt Romney certainly is.
Romney’s political cronies in Michigan have gotten Johnson kicked off the November ballot there because he was three minutes late in filing some paperwork. With polls indicating the race for Michigan’s 16 votes is a dead heat, Romney’s camp doesn’t want to take any chances that Johnson, a former Republican who served two terms as governor of New Mexico, will siphon off any of his votes.