third party


V.21 No.44 |
Marisa Demarco

election

Homegrown presidential candidate

I'm at Gary Johnson's presidential campaign party at Hotel Albuquerque with about 150 of his fans and friends.

The former New Mexico governor hasn't yet made an appearance, but I got a chance to talk to spokesperson Joe Hunter. He says the campaign isn't looking to pull any particular percentages around the country. "The number we end up with tonight is not that important."

If Johnson gets 5 percent of the vote in New Mexico, the Libertarian Party will be a major party in our state during the next election cycle.

"What we have done is created a good foundation," Hunter says. "We've identified hundreds of thousands of Gary supporters." Johnson made more than 1 million friends on Google Plus, 100,000 Twitter followers and 400,000 Facebook friends, according to Hunter. He visited 20 college campuses and drew hundreds of attendees at each, even with only a couple of days notice, Hunter says.

Johnson ended up on the ballot in 48 states and in D.C. His name wasn't listed under presidential options in only Michigan and Oklahoma.
As the election neared, Hunter says third-party candidates lose supporters, especially if the race is looking close.

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The Most Expensive Election of All Time

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Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, marched in Santa Fe's Pride parade on June 23. He says LGBTQ couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to get married.
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politics

Gary Johnson: Coming to a ballot near you

When voters hit the polls countrywide, they’ll see at least three options for president. One of them is former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. As the Libertarian candidate, he’s pitching himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

“I'm going to be the only candidate that doesn't want to bomb Iran. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to get out Afghanistan now—and the wars. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to end the drug war. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to bring about marriage equality, believing that it’s a constitutionally guaranteed right.”

I got a chance to speak with him about what it means to be a third-party candidate for president in a country that’s increasingly frustrated with its leaders. Read up on his positions regarding the drug war, the Tea Party and minimal government.

Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, marched in Santa Fe's Pride parade on June 23. He says LGBTQ couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to get married.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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Righter Than Right, Lefter Than Left

Ex-guv is ready to throw down with the donkeys and elephants

Gary Johnson changed his party affiliation and became the Libertarian presidential candidate in May. He needs to poll at 15 percent to get into the televised debates between ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama. The Libertarian candidate for president spoke with the Alibi about how his new party is working out, his opinion of Gov. Susana Martinez and what minimal government really means.
V.19 No.42 | 10/21/2010
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No pity for these show-stealing parties

In this week’s news section, I wrote about the difficulties independent and third-party candidates have getting on the ballot in New Mexico. We’re the only state in the union without such a candidate running for Congress or in a statewide race. There are two Libertarians running in state Legislative districts—one of them as a write-in.

In contrast, New York has seven candidates for governor, all of whom attended a debate last night.

Democrat Andrew Cuomo

Tea party-backed Republican Carl Paladino

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins

Libertarian Warren Redlich

Freedom Party candidate Charles Barron

Anti-Prohibition Party candidate, former madam Kristin Davis

Rent is Too Damn High Party candidate Jimmy McMillan