Gov. Gary Johnson in Video: I'm the Only Candidate Who Doesn't Want to Bomb Iran

Sept. 27, 2012, Santa Fe, NM In a new video, Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson states: "I'm the only candidate who doesn't want to bomb Iran," contrasting his non-interventionist policy with the "I'm tougher than you are" posturing of President Obama and Governor Romney.

The video, called "The War Stops Here," also highlights Johnson's pledge to immediately bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan.

Releasing the video, Johnson said, "The recent murders in Libya, the ongoing attacks on our troops in Afghanistan, and the growing anti-American demonstrations across Africa and the Middle East make it clearer than ever that our foreign policy is not just failing to make us safer, but is actually endangering us.

"Yet, we have a President and a Republican challenger who are far more concerned about taking shots at one another than about the shots that are being fired at America by people on the other side of the globe. We toppled a dictator in Libya, albeit one who is missed by no one, and what do we get for our dollars and effort? An attack on our embassy. In Afghanistan, 10 years after we chased al Qaeda to the hills and to other nations, our troops are still there trying to build a nation that apparently doesn't want to be built and having the very people we are trying to help turn around and attack our military.

"And from Egypt to Tunisia, the so-called Arab Spring our policies encouraged is sprouting blossoms that are not exactly pro-American.

"The American people deserve a debate about foreign policy, and frankly, there isn't enough daylight between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on these issues to actually have a debate. When you cut through the campaign rhetoric, it is not at all clear that the Republican and the Democrat actually differ from one another in terms of what they are doing or propose to do.

"We need to get out of Afghanistan now. We need to turn off the foreign aid to ungrateful recipients. And we need to stop trying to impose our will and our values on peoples that don't want them."

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About presidential candidate Gary Johnson: Gary Johnson, two-term governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, has been a consistent advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty. Johnson switched from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party on Dec. 28, 2011. As the Libertarian Party nominee, Johnson will appear on all 50 states' ballots. An outspoken pro-Constitution Libertarian, Johnson would end the war in Afghanistan now. He opposes the failed multi-billion dollar war on drugs and demands greater transparency at the Federal Reserve. As president, Johnson would cut federal spending by 43 percent, slash debt and make government live within its means while reducing taxes and regulation to foster real job creation and economic opportunity like he did in eight years as governor. The National Review said he was "#1" in job creation as governor. An avid skier and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peaks on four of the seven continents, including Mount Everest.