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April 24, 2014

Gary Johnson: I’m More Conservative and More Liberal Than Both Parties

Gary Johnson might not be running for president in 2016 yet, but last year’s Libertarian Party candidate certainly sounds like he’s up for another run.

In an appearance at George Washington University on Monday night, Johnson not only sought to distinguish himself from his old affiliation — the Republican Party — but also took on what he believes are the failures of the Democratic Party.

Johnson received about 1 percent of the popular vote in the 2012 election, and he has not announced any intention to run for president in 2016. On Monday night, he said it’s just too early.

“Who’s got a voice that’s fiscally more conservative than any Republican, and who’s got a voice that’s more liberal than any Democrat? Me,” he said in an interview after the speech.

Primarily, however, Johnson took aim at the GOP’s positions on abortion, immigration and drug legalization to an audience of more than 200 gathered in the GWU student union.

“I think Republicans that call themselves libertarians, they all have a social agenda,” he said.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Johnson said, is one of those kinds of libertarian Republicans who often punt on the discussion of social issues by saying it’s best left to the states to decide.

“It’s a way of saying, ‘I don’t want to deal with it,’” he said. “I really believe Republicans lost the last presidential race because of their socially conservative agenda.

“Speaking with a broad brush stroke, I am fiscally conservative; I am socially accepting,” he said. “I don’t give a crap on how you live your life as long as your life doesn’t adversely affect mine.”

He blasted Democrats during his speech, as well, garnering applause when he said, “Libertarianism is more liberal than liberals on social issues.”

Speaking without prepared remarks, Johnson went down the line of hot-button issues in today’s politics and outlined his views on each one, some more clearly than others. Most articulate in advocating for a broad consumption tax to replace the current code, he had less to say on national security, leaning heavily on the concept of due process to support his positions.

The first topic in the question and answer session was the sense, common among libertarians, that local law enforcement overreached its authority in putting Boston on lockdown after the recent marathon bombings. Johnson addressed the question by condemning the military police state and railing against the use of surveillance footage in prosecuting traffic violations.

Monday’s forum was not officially a campaign-related event, having been sponsored by the Our America Initiative, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit of which Johnson is the honorary chairman, according to press relations contact Joe Hunter.

Johnson originally ran in the 2012 election on the Republican ticket, polling at 5.3 percent in a Zogby survey from July of that year. He dropped out of the GOP primary race and the party to accept the Libertarian Party’s nomination. Johnson served two terms as governor of New Mexico and gained a reputation for breaking state and national records for vetoing legislation.

Monday’s visit to GWU was the last stop on a speaking tour that has taken him to eight other campuses, including Hillsdale College, Miami University and the University of New Mexico.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raindog517 Robert McGrory

    I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but even I get why we need this man (or someone like him) running the show.

    • Libertarianism=Globalism

      Globalists call open-borders world government, whereas Libertarians call open-borders freedom. Libertarians are prostitutes on globalist payroll. this is not an ideological battle of left vs right, Socialism vs liberty. This is war against white people.

      Why do hostile globalist elite defend Israel as a Jewish ethnostate with Jewish only immigration, but ravage white majority Europe/North America into a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Gulag with dystopian non-White colonization?

      East Asia is 99% yellow. Africa is 90% Black. West Asia is 99% Brown. But 3rd world colonizers, Muslims, Sikhs, Hispanics are aggressively advancing their agenda by annihilating gullible Whites, just as China annihilates Tibet.

      Why do gullible Whites cuckold for murderous anti-White elite, who confiscate White people’s guns, infiltrate/subvert our banks & espionage agencies, indoctrinate White kids in academia/mass media, plunder White jobs/wages, & butcher White soldiers in bankrupting wars?

      “Native” Americans are not native. They invaded from East Asia. Yellow & Brown races committed 10-times more genocide, slavery, imperialism than Whites. Since Old-Testament, Whites have been victims of Jewish/Crypto-Jewish, Turkic, Muslim, N.African imperialism, slavery, genocide.

      Gullible Whites should reject subversive anti-White ideologies – libertarianism, feminism, liberalism, & reject hostile slanders of racism/collectivism. Love to all humanity, but White people must organize to advance their families, their fertility, their homelands, their interests. Spread this message.

      • jim

        be quiet

  • jim

    we need this man NOW more than ever. I grew up as a teen under GJ in NM. He was a legend Brilliant, approachable man, defied convention, fixed NM, made bold moves to legalize marijuana at a time when even speaking about it was taboo…..broke his back hiking and walked all the way home! Look the GOP is fucked, the DEMS are fucked.There is so much in the USA poverty, war, corruption, loss of civil rights etc… We know that under dem/gop things will get worse….have we not seen that in 75+years?!! (i assure any one that it will be just as bad under HRC as it was under GWB and his ideological mimic BHO). I cant wait to volunteer for GJ in 2016

    • Libertarianism=Globalism

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  • jack weston

    This country needs Gary Johnson and The Judge NOW. We are a nation dying a slow death at the hands of narsisstic animals who are doing nothing more than trying to keep a hand on the throttle and feather their own beds. They are killing us. Start a revolution now and vote true Libertarian.

  • tyler haber

    please run in 2016 for the GOP nomination

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.liles.148 James Liles

    You need to run. We need you in Office

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