Gary Johnson wins Libertarian nomination as presidential candidate in November election

Gary Johnson wins Libertarian nomination as presidential candidate in November election

Nenahnezad : NM : USA | May 06, 2012 at 1:00 AM PDT
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New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has swept 70% of the votes as a Libertarian nominee for the 2012 presidential election to be held in November. While Johnson is thankful to his voters, with Republicans and Democrats at each other’s throats, he hardly stands any chance to win his bid to the White House.

Johnson, once a Republican, after receiving an unenthusiastic response in the GOP race, announced in December that he would be running for the president as a Libertarian. He became the front-runner in the party after winning 12 straw polls and beating Air Force veteran R. Lee Wrights.

"I am very humbled. This is just the start," Johnson told Reuters after securing the Libertarian nomination. The Libertarian Party, the third largest and fastest growing political party in the United States, boasts its philosophy of "minimum government, maximum freedom." Johnson, 59, is an advocate of legalized marijuana, low taxes or what he calls "Fair Tax", immigration reforms and slashing government spending by 43% to balance the federal budget for 2013.

“I think there’s a mathematical consequence to continue to print money to the tune of 43 cents to dollar that we are spending,” he told CNN after winning the nomination on Saturday. “It’s a mutual sacrifice by all of us to prevent a catastrophe down the line,” he said, stressing that the United States is only a decade away from the fiscal collapse that hit Greece. The governor also supports same sex marriages and an immediate end to the war in Afghanistan. “I would get out of Afghanistan tomorrow,” Johnson said Saturday. “I want to bring our troops home.”

The delegates won by the nominee say that their preference for Johnson is largely based on his experience as the New Mexico governor from 1995 to 2003, whereas Wrights had no political experience behind him.

Since Texas Rep. Ron Paul is expected to quit the race sooner or later given Mitt Romney’s presumptive nomination, party officials are counting on Ron Paul’s voters to support Johnson since Paul’s campaign also favored issues the Libertarians boost, according to a report by NBC.

Third parties, such as the Libertarians, have never performed well in the presidential election. The best they ever did was in 1980, when presidential nominee Ed Clark won 1.1 percent of the total votes casted for all parties. In the last election, Republican Congressman Bob Barr, running on the Libertarian ticket, received 0.4 percent of the votes.

Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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