December 28, 2011 |
Gary Johnson ended his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday, announcing instead that he'll continue his quest for the White House under the Libertarian Party banner. "I don't view this as leaving the Republican Party as much as the Republican Party leaving me," the former two-term New Mexico governor said at an event at the state Capitol in Santa Fe. Johnson's campaign lacked the resources and media attention of other Republicans, though he did manage to qualify for three of the 13 televised debates so far. After outlining a strategy to win the nomination based on a strong showing in the New Hampshire primary, he nearly missed the deadline to qualify, scrambling to arrange an overnight flight to get to the Statehouse on the final day of the filing period.
November 13, 2011 |
As campaign stops for Republican presidential candidates go, the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in downtown Los Angeles seemed like a strange choice. There was reggae music booming from big speakers, lapel pins shaped like marijuana leaves and a speech by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the liberal former mayor of San Francisco who is famous for granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. And yet there Gary Johnson stood this month, drawing cheers from a crowd of drug decriminalization activists.
November 3, 2011 |
The International Drug Policy Reform Conference in downtown Los Angeles might not seem like a sensible campaign stop for a Republican presidential hopeful. There was reggae music blasting, little lapel pins shaped like marijuana leaves, and a speech by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the uber-liberal former mayor of San Francisco who is famous for granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But on Thursday, Gary Johnson stood there before an audience of drug decriminalization activists, drawing cheers for his promise that if he wins the Republican nomination and is elected president, he will issue a full pardon for anyone serving prison time for a non-violent marijuana crime.
October 28, 2011 |
Gary Johnson knew he was an underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but his campaign laid out a strategy for breaking through, called "the New Hampshire Path. " The idea was that Johnson could build a base of support in the small state where voters place a premium on retail politics. The campaign's limited resources would go further there than in more expensive states. He even rented a house in Manchester to serve as a base of operations. "New Hampshire is a level playing field on which Gary Johnson will compete very effectively if given the opportunity.
September 23, 2011 |
Medieval alchemists may have spent lifetimes seeking a way to turn base metals into silver or gold, but Gary Johnson, the libertarian former governor of New Mexico, seemingly has found a way to make political gold out of dog poop. In a throwaway line at the GOP presidential debate on Thursday night, Johnson, whose campaign for the nomination is struggling to get into single digits, won the comedy award of the night during questioning about the Obama administration's stimulus spending plans.
September 22, 2011 |
Gary Johnson is an avid triathlete, so he is no stranger to running far and hard. But that hasn't helped the libertarian former governor of New Mexico break out of the pack in his run for the GOP presidential nomination. Johnson, 58, gets a chance to bask on the national stage Thursday night when he joins with other Republican aspirants in the Fox News/ Google debate. It will be Johnson's first shot at the kind of national publicity that helps fuel a candidate's dreams, but ironically, it will also pit him against Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who helped define the modern libertarian.