September 21, 2011, Santa Fe, NM -- Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson released the following statement after receiving confirmation that he will be allowed to participate in Thursday night’s Fox News / Google debate:

"We are obviously very pleased to have this opportunity to participate. I am bringing forward a voice to the debate that has gone largely unheard thus far and I am convinced that a lot of voters are ready to listen. I’m promising to submit a balanced budget in 2013 and I am further pledging to veto any spending legislation that exceeds revenue." 

As Governor of New Mexico Johnson vetoed 750 bills and thousands of line items, and kept his pledge to never raise taxes. Johnson's stewardship has made him very popular in his home state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by 2 to 1.

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About Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson: Gary Johnson, a Republican and two-term Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2002, has been a consistent and outspoken advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty.