Full name: Gary Earl Johnson
Age/DOB: 58; Born January 1, 1953 in Minot, North Dakota
Home: Taos, New Mexico
Official Website: www.garyjohnson2012.com
Six days before the Iowa caucuses, the former New Mexico governor announced that he was ending his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and would instead pursue the top of the Libertarian Party's 2012 White House ticket. Johnson's move comes after his bid for the GOP nod failed to catch on in New Hampshire, the home of the first-in-the-nation primary on which Johnson had focused his campaign's efforts. A Boston Globe poll of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire released on Christmas Day indicated that Johnson had the support of less than 1% of those surveyed. Johnson served as New Mexico's governor from 1994 to 2003. The avid outdoorsman is conservative on many fiscal issues, but his views on foreign policy and some social issues diverge from Republican orthodoxy.
Bio via CNNPolitics.com
Economy and Jobs
Johnson favors balancing the budget and cutting federal spending. He also favors simplifying the tax code and doing away with the corporate income tax. Johnson would like to lessen regulation and eliminate government support for mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Cost of College
Johnson is among the candidates who feel that it's time to nix the Department of Education. Not only that, but he's reportedly an advocate for home schooling.
Johnson would like to repeal the Democratic health care reform bill and the Medicare prescription drug benefit implemented by Republicans under the administration of President George W. Bush.
Not familiar with Johnson yet? Check out this New York Magazine article titled "Guy Who Backs Abortion, Pot Legalization and Gay Rights Running for GOP Nomination."Breaking from the GOP mold again, Johnson recently announced that he supports gay marriage, saying, "government has no business choosing who should be allowed the benefits of marriage and who should not."
As far as abortion is concerned, Johnson believes it ultimately a woman's right to choose.
"As the former governor of a southern border state, I know fences and walls do not keep out illegal immigrants," Johnson's campaign website says, "Real border security means knowing who is coming here and why." Johnson favors simplifying the process for legal immigration in ways that would make it easier for immigrants to work in the U.S. and pay taxes. He also favors legalizing marijuana to reduce criminal activity on the U.S.-Mexico border. He also favors punishing employers who don't comply with immigration laws.
Johnson says he would like to end the U.S. military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He'd also like to re-evaluate the deployment of the U.S. military across Europe. Johnson also favors traditional legal protections for accused or suspected terrorists.
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