MSNBC: This morning in Concord, NH, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (R) said something he hadn’t uttered before.
“I’m running for president of the United States,” he told a couple of supporters and cameramen gathered for his announcement outside the New Hampshire State Capitol. Skipping the exploratory committee phase, Johnson jumped right into the slow-to-start 2012 race.
…Johnson, a libertarian, differs with much of the Republican Party’s base on several issues. He supports a guest-worker program … he also favors legalizing marijuana … Where he and the GOP don’t differ is on the scope of the government. “I really do believe in smaller government. I really believe that there are consequences of legislation that get passed and maybe it isn’t in our best interests to pass all the legislation that we pass,” he told the small audience.
I did it again, I ventured in to Teabagger territory to see how they were reacting to Johnson’s, um, big announcement. It looks like he has a bit of work to do:
“I’m not enjoying having to Google presidential candidates to find out who they are.”
“If the GOP runs more than a dozen candidates in the primaries, can they get some kind of bulk discount for printing and TV time?”
“All I can say is…who the HELL is Gary Johnson?”
Curiously, Glenn Greenwald, while being worshipped by the Professional Left, is an admirer of Johnson ….
Rooted Cosmopolitan: According to the 2002 edition of the Almanac of American Politics, as governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson cut taxes on the rich while cutting social services for the poor. He tried to pluck money out of public schools and funnel it in to private school vouchers. He vetoed a minimum wage bill. He signed in to law a late-term abortion ban. He won’t affirm a belief in global warming, and says even if it is happening that the effects are exaggerated and too much money is being wasted on it. And he vetoed a bill that would have continued the collective bargaining rights of public employees. That’s right, without the bluster but apparently to the same intended effect he did the same thing to public employees in New Mexico that Scott Walker did in Wisconsin.
Thank you for the links Majii ;-)