Friday, November 25, 2011

Johnson Ponders Bid as Libertarian

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson told me this week that he's well aware he’s not going to win the New Hampshire presidential primary and that he won’t be the 2012 Republican presidential candidate.

But, he said he’s seriously considering running for the Libertarian Party nomination for president.

“I feel abandoned by the Republican Party,” Johnson said in a phone interview. “The Republican Party has left me by the wayside.”

He’s been left out of all but two of the seemingly endless Republican presidential debates. His fundraising is low and his poll numbers are below radar level.

“If I’d have been included in 16 of the last debates we wouldn’t even be having this conversation,” Johnson said.

Johnson said there have been “overtures made” by the Libertarian Party. While there’s no guarantee he’d win the nomination, Johnson believes he’d have a fair chance.

See more in today's New Mexican.