Gary Johnson is the only US libertarian who can get to the White House
Ron Paul has no chance. But the former Governor of New Mexico has real charisma and a great track record.
Forget Ron Paul. He can’t win. As Donald Trump said during his CPAC speech, when he was being heckled by Paul supporters. “Ron Paul cannot get elected, I'm sorry I think he is a good guy, but honestly, he has just zero chance of getting elected".
Congressman Paul has been the flag bearer for the American libertarian movement for a long time; he has pushed it towards the mainstream but he can only take it so far. The 76 year old Texan representative cannot win the Republican primaries and he has far too much baggage to be a running mate. He’s got great appeal to the core libertarians, but that’s about it.
So where is the new lead man in the libertarian movement? Step forward Gary Johnson. The former Governor of New Mexico has a great track record and libertarian pedigree.
After starting out in life as a door-to-door handyman, he managed to build it into a multi-million dollar corporation with over 1,000 employees. He was elected against the odds to become the Governor of New Mexico by beating the incumbent Democrat in a 2-to-1 Democratic state.
In his time as governor, New Mexico never had a tax hike; in fact taxes fell over $120 million annually. He cut the rate of state growth in half, and he left the New Mexico state government with a budget surplus and 1,000 fewer employees. He did this without firing anyone.
He privatized half of the prisons in the state, oversaw the construction of 500 miles of new highway which where were designed, financed, built, and guaranteed by the private sector. He was the only Republican Governor in 2000 to not endorse George W. Bush for President, and he vetoed 750 bills, which was more than all the vetoes of the other 49 governors in the country at that time.
His track record is only one indication of why he can do more than any other candidate. The biggest vote winner is his great ability to explain complex issues in a down to earth manner.
He reminds many people of Ray Barone from the Sitcom "Everyone Loves Raymond". It is this homely, common sense style that will help him win the argument. When Ron Paul talks about issues it sounds philosophical and ideological. When Gary Johnson speak about issues he speak in a positive way, in terms people can connect with.
Today, Gary Johnson throws his hat in the ring in the fight to become the 45th President of the United States of America. It is now up to other libertarians, mainly the Pauls of this world, to decide whether they will back a vote winner or tie up money and grassroots resources that could be far more effectively used by Gary Johnson.
Nic Conner is a freelance campaigns consultant. Follow on Twitter: @Niconner
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