Gary Johnson sets sights on Romney donors in wake of health care decision

Gary Johnson sets sights on Romney donors in wake of health care decision

Washington : DC : USA | Jun 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM PDT
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Third party presidential candidate Gary Johnson

June 28, 2012

With presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney saying his campaign has received $1 million in donations since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on a 5-4 vote announced Thursday morning, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson finds himself focused on the irony – and the money – of it all.

“The irony of Gov. Romney receiving $1 million from people wanting Obama’s law repealed is unbelievable,” Johnson wrote in a fundraising email sent to supporters and media Thursday afternoon. Johnson pointed out that Romney, “until he was running for president, led the way toward nationalized health care.”

The former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico (1995-2003) reacted to the Supreme Court decision essentially upholding what is commonly referred to as “Obamacare” with a statement that said, in part, “Whether the Court chooses to call the individual mandate a tax or anything else, allowing it to stand is a truly disturbing decision. The idea that government can require an individual to buy something simply because that individual exists and breathes in America is an incredible blow to the bedrock principles of freedom and liberty. It must be repealed, and Congress needs to get about doing so today.” See the full text of Johnson’s statement here.

Johnson bills himself as socially liberal and fiscally conservative, which he says is the fastest growing demographic when it comes to voting trends. With eight years as governor of New Mexico, he has more executive experience than Obama and Romney combined. And he’s a realist, knowing that it takes at least a few million to compete with billions. Romney, on the other hand, enacted health care legislation similar to Obamacare as governor of Massachusetts.

“We would love to have $1 million land in our account just because people are angry at the Supreme Court – but it won’t happen unless friends and supporters like you go to today and make a contribution that will help us get the message out that freedom and liberty and financial sanity do not have to be compromised.”

Johnson has been rising in the polls of late, reaching 7 percent in Colorado and 12 percent in his home state. If he can reach 15 percent or better in national polls as the fall debates approach, he will be included on the stage with Obama and Romney. At that point, perhaps, an honest discussion on health care can finally begin.

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Gary Johnson opposes Supreme Court ruling on health care,, June 28, 2012

Gary Johnson polling at 7 percent in Colorado with campaign steam building,, June 19, 2012 (Johnson participating in online town hall meeting Thursday evening.)

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