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Gary Johnson (L, lost 2012 election)

Experience: Former Governor of New Mexico 
Residence: Taos, NM
Family: Divorced, 2 children
Education: BA, University of New Mexico
Official Website:


Gary Johnson (born Jan. 1, 1953) is the former Republican governor of New Mexico. He announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president on April 21, 2010, in front of the State House in Concord. He is often characterized as “the next Ron Paul”. But he occupies the tier of candidates that need to work very hard and ratchet up visibility to be considered in the same breath as high-profile names like Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann. He did well on that score in February at the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll in which he finished third behind Paul and Romney. 

He skipped the normal step of forming an exploratory committee and announced his candidacy ahead of the rest of the pack. He acknowledged the amount of work he has to do in New Hampshire, saying: "I have to do, and want to do, really well in New Hampshire. So I'm going to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire, where you can go from obscurity to prominence overnight with a good showing in New Hampshire." His first order of business after declaring his candidacy was climbing into Mt. Washington's Tuckerman Ravine to go skiing. He was miffed that he didn't get invited to participate in the first GOP presidential primary debate held in June in Manchester. But his stick-to-it attitude paid off when he was late invited to participate in a GOP debate, this one in Florida in late September, which finally gave him some of the national exposure he's lacked. He conceded in late November he has no chance in the New Hampshire primary and talked, as did Buddy Roemer, of launching a third-party bid. 

Johnson announced Dec. 21 that he was abandoning his GOP campaign to run as a Libertarian. 

Position on the Issues

Budget & Taxes:
"Taxes should not be raised. Just throwing more money at difficult problems does not solve anything.”

"I found myself outraged over the fact that this country is bankrupt. That 43 cents out of every dollar that we're currently spending is borrowed. I think the biggest threat to our national security, the biggest threat to our way of life, is the fact that we are bankrupt, and that we need to fix this right now."

"We should eliminate the corporate income tax if we really want to bring about a situation where this country is going to be the place to start up and incubate and grow businesses."

"We have to slash government funding. I advocate balancing the federal budget tomorrow...and to do that, you've got to start out with talking about Medicaid, and Medicare, and Social Security, and defense. I think when it comes to Medicaid and Medicare, the federal government gives those functions back to the states."

National Security & Foreign Policy:
"It is important to have a strong defense both at home and abroad. We are each grateful and appreciate those that are involved with our nation’s military. The United States should be protected from terrorism and those that attack America should be brought to justice quickly and efficiently."

"Immigration and border security are becoming important issues. We need a comprehensive plan that provides a solution that we can afford—something that really works!"

Health Care:
"We don’t believe that government should be taking over the health care system…A health care insurance system that is privately owned and managed is the best approach to solving our health care problems.”

"We should repeal President Obama's health care plan. But how about if Republicans, in the spirity of bipartisanship, offer a repeal of the prescription drug care benefit that they passed when they controlled both houses of Congress, and the presidency, and ran up record deficits?"

Energy & Environment:
“…does not support ‘cap and trade’ policies as they are currently formulated."

"I was more outspoken than any governor in the country regarding school choice. I really believe that the only way that we're going to reform education in this country is to bring competition to public education. So for six straight years I proposed that every single student in New Mexico get a voucher that would have brought about that competition to education."

Social Issues:

  • Abortion: "As Governor, Gary Johnson supported legislation that banned late term abortions and allowed for parental notification for minors seeking an abortion. He believes that ultimately it is a woman’s right to make such a decision during the early stage of pregnancy."
  • Gay Marriage: In response to Republican candidates signing the "Marriage Vow" pledge issued by Iowa’s Bob Vander Plaats and the Family Leader, Gary Johnson states:
    • "Government should not be involved in the bedrooms of consenting adults. As a Republican, I am an advocate of liberty and the elimination of unnecessary government intervention into our lives. "This pledge is offensive to those principles, and as far as I am concerned, it is un-Republican and un-American."

Source: Candidate website, CPAC speech,

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Interview with Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson

On June 27, 2011 the Live Free or Die Alliance was able to conduct an interview with GOP candidate Gary Johnson.   Former Governor Johnson was excluded from the GOP debate last month, and this interview gives NH citizens the opportunity to hear more from him about his positions on the relevant issues of today.  The LFDA also tried to bring some member input into the interview by taking questions from our Facebook fans and regular LFDA members.  A recording of the interview is included below in three parts.  Check back soon to read an analysis of Johnson's answers!





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Campaign Finances

2012 Campaign

Raised $2,553,878
Spent $2,507,763
Debts $197,002
Cash on Hand $2,943
End Date Nov. 26, 2012


Individual Contributions
 - Small Individual Contributions
 - Large Individual Contributions
$902,573 (35%)
$1,309,553 (51%)
PAC Contributions $0 (0%)
Candidate self-financing $8,000 (0%)
Federal Funds $333,751 (13%)
Other $0 (0%)

Source: Center for Responsive Politics,

Contact Information


731 E. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102





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