politics

Gary Johnson: Libertarians won't be to blame

Marisa Demarco

Gary Johnson spent the night mingling with supporters casually and thanking them for their votes. He took the stage a short while ago after running mate, Judge James Gray.

"A wasted vote is a vote for somebody you don't believe in," Johnson said. "There were a lot of wasted votes tonight. There were more wasted votes than I've ever seen in my life."

He told the Alibi in an interview tonight that things were looking good, but then as Election Day neared and the presidential race seemed tight, "we saw things evaporate. I thought we would have done better."

His crowd of supporters punctuated his speech with cheers as he spoke of his platform: "Roll back the police state. Stop the war. Stop the military intervention. Marriage equality is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Repeal the Patriot Act."

Johnson said no one can blame the Libertarians for the state of the country. "We should all be proud of ourselves, because over the next four years, none of us are going to have to say we're responsible for this. Don't blame me. I didn't vote for either one of them. I voted for Gary Johnson."

Judge Gray pleaded from the podium with Johnson to run again in 2016. Johnson told the Alibi that's the last thing anyone wants to talk about today, especially after a prolonged and dirty election cycle. "I ran two campaigns for governor where I did not mention my opponent in print, radio or on TV," Johnson pointed out.

After he made his way off the stage, someone from the audience shouted that Colorado had legalized marijuana for recreational use. Johnson said the state's move will lead to a change worldwide in drug policy.

 
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