, the former governor of New Mexico, is one of GOP's candidates for the presidential run, but he was not in the limelight until he made a statement in the Republican presidential debate on Thursday night. Johnson was initially kept aside from different debates. He grabbed the opportunity when Fox News allowed him into a debate and, as some analysts are now saying, showed his potentials.
Before the end of the debate, Johnson stated, "My next-door neighbor's two dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than this current administration."
Gary Johnson's statement made the crowd and candidates laugh, and the statement became a media bite.
Soon an online poll from Fox News depicted Johnson coming on the second place against all other participants of the debates (the online poll was not scientific). He issued a post-debate statement stating he "made it clear that he offers a real alternative to ‘business-as-usual" in the Republican presidential field."
"I am committed to bringing truth and real-world approaches to those and other issues, not just sound bites. Tonight's debate was an opportunity to do that, and I suspect many Americans were ready to listen," Johnson emphasized.
Gary Johnson also used Twitter to acknowledge that the dog statement, which has thrown him in the limelight, was first made by conservative political commentator and radio talk show host Rush Hudson Limbaugh III. "Re: the dogs, I understandmade the same point. Credit to Rush for a great and very true line," tweeted Johnson.
Gary's show stopping statement has jolted the stakeholders of politics and the media. The statement, however, also made it clear that Gary was having a hard time drawing attention of the media and other vocal platforms toward him. It should not be difficult to acknowledge that Gary Johnson had failed to get prominence before this debate.
The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza wrote about Johnson's performance, "Johnson still has no chance to be the Republican nominee, but deserves credit for a heck of a zinger."