Although rarely mentioned in the same sentence as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states and is as viable a candidate as the other two from the older, stale parties. His campaign is gaining steam as the campaign seeks out county coordinators and its coffers begin to grow. The only challenge in Johnson’s way is getting news media to mention him in the same sentence as the other two candidates.
Johnson has recently come out with a few ads to appeal to Americans who are disenchanted with the selection between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. One can be seen here to the left which has Johnson asking Americans to vote Libertarian just this once as they have little to lose by doing so. Other campaign videos can be seen on his YouTube channel here.
Johnson is a two-term Governor of New Mexico where he ran as Republican in a state which is 2-1 Democrat and is known as the Veto Governor as he vetoed more legislation that came across his desk than any other governor in the nation. The Libertarian Party nominee has promised to submit to Congress a balanced budget in 2013 and eliminate the federal law banning marijuana.
Gary Johnson is filling the void provided by President Obama for young Americans who thought Obama was going to be the ‘peace candidate’ however continues to actively engage in various fights around the world. Johnson also is appealing to conservative Republicans who are upset with the presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney. Plus, Johnson is going to pick up the passionate Ron Paul supporters as he quietly leaves the race. So Johnson is not only viable, he runs the chance to topple the Republican/Democrat Monarchy. Johnson’s tagline ‘Live Free’ seems to be resonating with Americans as neither Obama or Romney believe or promote a ‘freedom’ agenda.
Johnson is socially tolerant while being fiscally conservative so he is in the unique position to gain votes from both Republicans and Democrats who hear his message. While President Obama continues his War on Drugs, arresting patients in various states for smoking marijuana, Johnson wants to legalize the plant, along with hemp (which can be imported, but not grown in the U.S.). Johnson has found it a disgrace the way Obama is on pace to incarcerate more Americans than George Bush and is especially concerned about the negative impact those arrests have on young black population of the country.
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