Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New York Times Discusses Influence of Gary Johnson

RON PAUL U.S.A. | September 11, 2012
It is only early September, but Gary Johnson is beginning to get some attention.  First, he is polling at about 4%-5% in some polls, without any major endorsement from Ron
Paul.  Second, people realize that he will most likely be on the ballot in all 50 states and will play a factor in the final outcome of the election.

The New York Times published an article over the weekend that discussed five crucial factors to watch as we head toward the election.  Gary Johnson's influence was one of those factors! The New York Times wrote...

"There is one factor in the campaign that has yet to get much attention but could influence the outcome: third-party candidacies in many states, most notably that of former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee.

Mr. Johnson, who argued for free markets, fewer wars and the legalization of marijuana during his brief run for the 2012 Republican nomination, hardly shows up in polls. But he is on the ballot in more than three dozen states and is trying for more.

Mr. Johnson shares some of the cross-party appeal of Representative Ron Paul of Texas, who complimented him publicly last week. Advisers said Mr. Johnson’s potential for cutting into Mr. Romney’s support was greatest in Florida, where Mr. Romney is basically tied with Mr. Obama, but could also have an impact in Arizona, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina.

They said Mr. Johnson’s potential to eat into Mr. Obama’s support was greatest in Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin.

Republican officials have already tried to challenge Mr. Johnson’s place on the ballot or are trying to in states including Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Many of the challenges have failed — courts recently rejected efforts to throw him off the ballot in Virginia — and Roger Stone, a Republican Party veteran who is advising Mr. Johnson, said he was optimistic that Mr. Johnson would qualify in all 50 states.

The Republican Party of Virginia also failed in a bid last week to remove former Representative Virgil Goode from the presidential ballot there. He is the nominee for the Constitution Party and could draw disaffected Tea Party adherents away from the Republican Party."

This being said, Gary Johnson has the potential to do much more than simply steal a few votes from Obama or Romney.  Ron Paul Nation is very divided right now on how to best support liberty in November.  If Ron Paul supporters can turn their attention toward Gary Johnson, he may be able to get into the debates next month.  At that point, anything can happen!

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