Gov. Gary Johnson Pledges to "Pick Up the Ron Paul Torch of Libertarian Ideas in August"

Former New Mexico Governor Leads Florida LP Straw Poll With 70% Of Vote

February 11, 2012, Orlando, FL -- Speaking in Orlando, FL, Saturday, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson pledged to “pick up the Ron Paul torch of libertarian ideas in August.” Johnson was in Orlando to take part in the Florida State Libertarian Party Convention.   Johnson said, “There is a real hunger in America today for liberty and freedom -- freedom from government that is too large, too intrusive and far too costly.  The national Democrat Party doesn’t understand that hunger, and Republicans don’t know what to do about it.

“The Libertarian nominee for president will be on the ballot in all 50 states, and it is highly likely that, come August, that nominee will be the only real choice for millions of Americans who want us to not only bring an end to deficit spending, but an end to government trying to dictate our personal lives and choices.  Likewise, there must be a candidate in this presidential election who will speak out for an America that is sick of squandering trillions of dollars and losing too many lives in wars where our direct national interest is not clear.

“That is why I am running for president: To offer a voice and an alternative to the majority of Americans who simply aren’t  finding a comfortable home in either of the so-called major parties."

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Governor Johnson was the preferred choice of 70% of the Florida Libertarian Party Convention attendees who voted in a straw poll. 

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