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News from and Opinions on the Saturday Afternoon Evan Alaska Conference Call

News from and Opinions on the Saturday Afternoon Evan Alaska Conference Call.

I was unable to attend the Saturday afternoon teleconference as something personal came up. I did listen to some of the recording, but for some reason I was not able to rewind it (possibly an issue with my phone) as I had previously done, so transcription was not feasible. What I can say is that there are no major updates and we only have two days left to lobby Ron Paul. If I come across a link of the recording, I will post it. Until then, you can listen to it by dialing 559-726-1299 and then then 811476#, which is the access code. If you are serious about this effort, please send an email to Ron Paul through his house.gov contact form, telling him you want him to at least consider contacting the Libertarian Party about being Gary Johnson’s running mate. And contrary to what you may have heard, it is NOT too late, and ballot access would not be lost in very many states, or any at all if any law suits are won. Nor is a write-in candidacy viable unless Richard Gilbert wins his latest case, which to my knowledge has not even been filed yet. If it is filed Monday, he has five to six weeks to win it and organize a write-in campaign. That’s all fine and good, but on the other hand, the possibility of drafting Ron Paul to the Libertarian ticket has even less time to succeed, which is why if you want Ron Paul to run on at least some ticket, it should be the primary focus, at least until Monday the 17th, by which time it will likely no longer be possible for the LP to do the legwork in enough states, both on the party and on the election level, to change their ballot, as the first ballots ship out September 22nd. If this effort fails, it will not be because it was not viable, as some have erroneously (I can prove that, by the way) been saying since it was first brought up, but because they mistakenly thought other efforts (such as the Richard Gilbert case) were more viable. Or because they stubbornly refused to see Ron on the bottom of the ticket, even if they thought it was viable. Or because they timorously preferred being shrinking violets over actually getting 15% for Gary, which is the only way he can win, and without which there is no real reason to support a Gary Johnson ticket over a Ron Paul write-in, unless perhaps you prefer him to Ron Paul on the issues, which is a perfectly fine reason, but does not reflect even half of his current support, let alone a tenth of the support he needs to win. The only reason for people who prefer Ron Paul to vote for Gary Johnson if this does not happen will be because it counts more, not because he has a chance of winning. Some will think that’s a good enough reason, others, perhaps more, will not. So you see, not only was it viable to get Ron Paul on the ticket, it may have been necessary. But rest assured, if this does not go through, and I expect it won’t, there is still the possibility of a cabinet position or an endorsement. That will likely be the focus of this blog starting in the next few days. It is curious and unfortunate that as the likelihood increases on the scale of our options, the enthusiasm decreases exponentially. I won’t go so far as to say that this is a detrimental characteristic of the Liberty movement, as its opposite would surely play into the status quo’s hands, and make us the worst compromisers.

To All the Factions Here on Daily Paul

To All the Factions Here on Daily Paul.

This is also posted here.

To those planning on voting for Johnson:

Gary Johnson can not get elected unless he gets into the debates. He can not get into the debates unless he gets 15% in three nation-wide polls. He can not reach 15% for a long enough period of time to span three separate polls unless he includes Ron Paul on his team or Ron Paul powerfully endorses him. I do not think either of these things will happen unless we continue to lobby Doctor Paul, Governor Johnson, Judge Gray, the Libertarian Party, and our friends who support Ron Paul or Gary Johnson, even if it means convincing them to change their minds. It is true that the Libertarian Presidential ticket could lose ballot access in a few states for just changing its Vice Presidential nominee. But the amount of support adding Ron Paul to the ticket could bring could offset this, especially if Gary Johnson made it into the debates. Additionally, lost ballot access need not follow, as a legal battle could end in the tickets favor. The Libertarian Party can not hold another convention, and thus may not be able to amend their by laws or pick another running mate, but there is one loophole in its bylaws that could allow them to change their Vice Presidential Pick. It would ultimately be up to the chair whether utilization of this loophole would stand.

To those planning on writing in Paul:

A Paul write-in will only have an impact if Richard Gilbert of Lawyers for Ron Paul wins his case to have states comply with his understanding of the Voting Rights Act, which is that anti-write-in laws are in violation. If he succeeds in doing this, I will be the first to congratulate his efforts and promote a write-in candidacy.

To those who would vote for a hypothetical JohnsonPaul if it were switched to a real PaulJohnson:

Many states have sore-loser laws meaning that Ron Paul can not run at the top of a ticket because he was in the Republican Primary and lost (albeit through the cheating of the Romney team and other assorted establishment cabals). I personally would favor a Ron Paul Gary Johnson ticket over a Gary Johnson Ron Paul ticket, with good reason. But this would cause several law suits. The ones won would be costly, perhaps counter-productive, and the ones lost would result in loss of ballot access.

To everyone:

There is only until about Monday the 17th to lobby Ron Paul to contact the Libertarian Party about his intentions to join their ticket. This idea has been well-received by high-ranking Libertarian Party officials on the state, national, and campaign levels. They are somewhat indecisive to be sure, and though they will try to make this work if Ron Paul contacts them, they make no promises, and the likelihood of a GJ/RP ticket happening decreases with each passing day.

PaulJohnson 2012 Mission Statement

PaulJohnson 2012 Mission Statement.

The Early Hours of September 3rd, 2012.

This site is dedicated to a Paul-Johnson or Johnson-Paul ticket for the 2012 presidential race. There is no intent to disenfranchise voters or campaign contributors, pressure candidates or staffers, or anger the grassroots or the electorate. There is only the desire to create a winning ticket by asking Gary Johnson, Jim Gray, and/or the Libertarian Party to make accommodations to the Ron Paul camp. This does not mean anyone should blackmail or belittle or berate the Gary Johnson team, but simply that we should ask them to weigh the requests and arguments and decide, voluntarily for themselves to potentially forgo one or both of their chances of becoming the president or vice president, for the sake of the cause. For those Libertarian Party members out there who find this idea reprehensible, I respect their rights, but I question their reasoning. I am certainly not for winning at all costs under any circumstances, but I am for asking all the candidates and officials in question to consider the merits of proposals such as what will be posted and promoted on this blog. Namely that the Libertarian Party make room for Ron Paul.

First, and hardest of all to accomplish would be having both Gary Johnson and Jim Gray step down so that Ron Paul can be placed at the top of the ticket and Gary Johnson at the bottom. Secondly, perhaps easier but still likely to elicit an initial backlash if not permanently damaged relationships between lovers of Liberty would be to have Jim Gray step down so that Ron Paul can take his place at the bottom of the ticket. And thirdly, would be to have Gary Johnson and/or Jim Gray and/or the Libertarian Party promise to appoint Ron Paul to a cabinet level position. There may be the chance that they plan on doing this anyway, but were they to make the promise, and to contact Ron Paul directly about it, before the November election, preferably soon, it could boost their polling numbers, their campaign contributions, and their voter turnout by a considerable margin. Enough to get media attention. Enough to make it into the debates. Enough to compete. Enough to win.

There will always be those die hard Ron Paul supporters, some of whom like Gary Johnson, and some of whom just don’t trust him, that do not plan on voting for Gary Johnson for a variety of reasons. This is their right. All men should be free to vote their conscience. Ridiculing them for this serves no purpose but to alienate you from them and them from you. How does this promote the cause of Liberty? But the numbers of such stubborn people would decrease considerably were they to be given some reassurances. These might include acquiescence to one of the aforementioned proposals, an endorsement of Gary Johnson by Ron Paul, or Gary Johnson convincing people of how much he and Ron Paul have in common, in spite of Gary Johnson’s perceived, though relative, ignorance or halfheartedness on so many issues ranging from the Natural Law to Economics to the Constitution to Foreign Policy to the War on Drugs.

If all of this could only come about at greater cost to the Liberty movement than benefit, the very idea should be cast aside lest a schism rends all that we have fought for asunder. Such rifts only occur for ideological reasons, and even then rarely. They should not be found to arise between former comrades who merely disagree on a few items of strategy.

I would appreciate any and all feedback, great or small, positive or negative. Please note that none of these things are originally my idea. I simply felt compelled by recent events (namely the Evan Alaska Conference Calls, one the night of September 2nd, and another on the night of September 6th, as well as rumors on the DailyPaul that gained traction after the Convention and particularly with the news of Ron Paul’s September 4th appearance on Jay Leno) and the hard work of others to become a part of this. For the record, I am a Ron Paul supporter who likes Gary Johnson but remains wary of him. I don’t even know that I could vote for him without some of the above requests being granted.

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NEXT CONFERENCE CALL IS SLATED FOR EARLY SATURDAY AFTERNOON – BE THERE!

NEXT CONFERENCE CALL IS SLATED FOR EARLY SATURDAY AFTERNOON – BE THERE!.

This information is from the Drafting Ron Paul to Stay in the Race event page, https://www.facebook.com/events/343258709094797/

The next call is Satruday at:

12:00 PM ALASKA TIME That is:
1:00 PM Pacific – 2:00 PM Mountain – 3:00 PM Central – 4:00 PM Eastern

If you are willing to support this effort, please share this event and call in:

Conference dial-in number: (559) 726-1200

Participant access code: 811476

We now have a simulcast-Live-stream of today’s conference call set up, thanks to Leandrah Grace. If you can’t afford to call in, just go to http://tobtr.com/s/3742575. to tune in!

HT LIVE Teleconference Simulcast – Electing for Ron Paul
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Simulcast Teleconference Electing/Drafting Ron Paul Conference dial-in number (559)726-1200 Participant access code: 811476 The new Facebook Group for everyone in this effort will be open to ALL who wish to join, though negative people will be promptly banned. www.WeNeedPaul.com Facebook Page is “W…

Please understand that any of District Chairs and Bonus votes and other Party officials can be REMOVED from their State Central Committees or other offices for joining this group or otherwise promoting a candidate for office in a party not their own.

As the founder of this group, I’m most likely going to have to resign from my own position on the State Central Committee of the Alaska Republican Party. It’s worth it to me to make a stand for Liberty, but it’s a risk to consider. I do not want to see us lose all the progress we have made in the Republican or other parties, so I hope most people with hard won positions will keep them, and let the rest of us campaign for Liberty, Peace, and Sound Money.

PaulJohnson 2012 Mission Statement

PaulJohnson 2012 Mission Statement.

The Early Hours of September 3rd, 2012.

This site is dedicated to a Paul-Johnson or Johnson-Paul ticket for the 2012 presidential race. There is no intent to disenfranchise voters or campaign contributors, pressure candidates or staffers, or anger the grassroots or the electorate. There is only the desire to create a winning ticket by asking Gary Johnson, Jim Gray, and/or the Libertarian Party to make accommodations to the Ron Paul camp. This does not mean anyone should blackmail or belittle or berate the Gary Johnson team, but simply that we should ask them to weigh the requests and arguments and decide, voluntarily for themselves to potentially forgo one or both of their chances of becoming the president or vice president, for the sake of the cause. For those Libertarian Party members out there who find this idea reprehensible, I respect their rights, but I question their reasoning. I am certainly not for winning at all costs under any circumstances, but I am for asking all the candidates and officials in question to consider the merits of proposals such as what will be posted and promoted on this blog. Namely that the Libertarian Party make room for Ron Paul.

First, and hardest of all to accomplish would be having both Gary Johnson and Jim Gray step down so that Ron Paul can be placed at the top of the ticket and Gary Johnson at the bottom. Secondly, perhaps easier but still likely to elicit an initial backlash if not permanently damaged relationships between lovers of Liberty would be to have Jim Gray step down so that Ron Paul can take his place at the bottom of the ticket. And thirdly, would be to have Gary Johnson and/or Jim Gray and/or the Libertarian Party promise to appoint Ron Paul to a cabinet level position. There may be the chance that they plan on doing this anyway, but were they to make the promise, and to contact Ron Paul directly about it, before the November election, preferably soon, it could boost their polling numbers, their campaign contributions, and their voter turnout by a considerable margin. Enough to get media attention. Enough to make it into the debates. Enough to compete. Enough to win.

There will always be those die hard Ron Paul supporters, some of whom like Gary Johnson, and some of whom just don’t trust him, that do not plan on voting for Gary Johnson for a variety of reasons. This is their right. All men should be free to vote their conscience. Ridiculing them for this serves no purpose but to alienate you from them and them from you. How does this promote the cause of Liberty? But the numbers of such stubborn people would decrease considerably were they to be given some reassurances. These might include acquiescence to one of the aforementioned proposals, an endorsement of Gary Johnson by Ron Paul, or Gary Johnson convincing people of how much he and Ron Paul have in common, in spite of Gary Johnson’s perceived, though relative, ignorance or halfheartedness on so many issues ranging from the Natural Law to Economics to the Constitution to Foreign Policy to the War on Drugs.

If all of this could only come about at greater cost to the Liberty movement than benefit, the very idea should be cast aside lest a schism rends all that we have fought for asunder. Such rifts only occur for ideological reasons, and even then rarely. They should not be found to arise between former comrades who merely disagree on a few items of strategy.

I would appreciate any and all feedback, great or small, positive or negative. Please note that none of these things are originally my idea. I simply felt compelled by recent events (namely the Evan Alaska Conference Calls, one the night of September 2nd, and another on the night of September 6th, as well as rumors on the DailyPaul that gained traction after the Convention and particularly with the news of Ron Paul’s September 4th appearance on Jay Leno) and the hard work of others to become a part of this. For the record, I am a Ron Paul supporter who likes Gary Johnson but remains wary of him. I don’t even know that I could vote for him without some of the above requests being granted.

PaulJohnson 2012 Mission Statement

PaulJohnson 2012 Mission Statement.

The Early Hours of September 3rd, 2012.

This site is dedicated to a Paul-Johnson or Johnson-Paul ticket for the 2012 presidential race. There is no intent to disenfranchise voters or campaign contributors, pressure candidates or staffers, or anger the grassroots or the electorate. There is only the desire to create a winning ticket by asking Gary Johnson, Jim Gray, and/or the Libertarian Party to make accommodations to the Ron Paul camp. This does not mean anyone should blackmail or belittle or berate the Gary Johnson team, but simply that we should ask them to weigh the requests and arguments and decide, voluntarily for themselves to potentially forgo one or both of their chances of becoming the president or vice president, for the sake of the cause. For those Libertarian Party members out there who find this idea reprehensible, I respect their rights, but I question their reasoning. I am certainly not for winning at all costs under any circumstances, but I am for asking all the candidates and officials in question to consider the merits of proposals such as what will be posted and promoted on this blog. Namely that the Libertarian Party make room for Ron Paul.

First, and hardest of all to accomplish would be having both Gary Johnson and Jim Gray step down so that Ron Paul can be placed at the top of the ticket and Gary Johnson at the bottom. Secondly, perhaps easier but still likely to elicit an initial backlash if not permanently damaged relationships between lovers of Liberty would be to have Jim Gray step down so that Ron Paul can take his place at the bottom of the ticket. And thirdly, would be to have Gary Johnson and/or Jim Gray and/or the Libertarian Party promise to appoint Ron Paul to a cabinet level position. There may be the chance that they plan on doing this anyway, but were they to make the promise, and to contact Ron Paul directly about it, before the November election, preferably soon, it could boost their polling numbers, their campaign contributions, and their voter turnout by a considerable margin. Enough to get media attention. Enough to make it into the debates. Enough to compete. Enough to win.

There will always be those die hard Ron Paul supporters, some of whom like Gary Johnson, and some of whom just don’t trust him, that do not plan on voting for Gary Johnson for a variety of reasons. This is their right. All men should be free to vote their conscience. Ridiculing them for this serves no purpose but to alienate you from them and them from you. How does this promote the cause of Liberty? But the numbers of such stubborn people would decrease considerably were they to be given some reassurances. These might include acquiescence to one of the aforementioned proposals, an endorsement of Gary Johnson by Ron Paul, or Gary Johnson convincing people of how much he and Ron Paul have in common, in spite of Gary Johnson’s perceived, though relative, ignorance or halfheartedness on so many issues ranging from the Natural Law to Economics to the Constitution to Foreign Policy to the War on Drugs.

If all of this could only come about at greater cost to the Liberty movement than benefit, the very idea should be cast aside lest a schism rends all that we have fought for asunder. Such rifts only occur for ideological reasons, and even then rarely. They should not be found to arise between former comrades who merely disagree on a few items of strategy.

I would appreciate any and all feedback, great or small, positive or negative. Please note that none of these things are originally my idea. I simply felt compelled by recent events (namely the Evan Alaska Conference Calls, one the night of September 2nd, and another on the night of September 6th, as well as rumors on the DailyPaul that gained traction after the Convention and particularly with the news of Ron Paul’s September 4th appearance on Jay Leno) and the hard work of others to become a part of this. For the record, I am a Ron Paul supporter who likes Gary Johnson but remains wary of him. I don’t even know that I could vote for him without some of the above requests being granted.

How to Achieve Draft Ron Paul to Libertarian Vice Presidential Slot – Click on Link for Hyperlinked Version

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Gary Johnson Reddit Ask Me Anything Earlier Today

Gary Johnson Reddit Ask Me Anything Earlier Today.

Today Gary Johnson held an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit. He recieved what I would guess to be in the neighborhood of 3000 questions and 7000 total comments (including the questions). There were 17,000 up votes and 14,000 down votes. These numbers are all growing still. To put things into perspective, reddit.com/r/IAmA has almost 2,000,000 subscribers, reddit.com/r/GaryJohnson has about 6,000 subscribers, reddit.com/r/Libertarian has about 60,000 subscribers, and reddit.com/r/ronpaul has about 24,000 subscribers, reddit.com/r/romney has about 800 subscribers, and reddit.com/r/obama has about 21,000 subscribers.

First I will give you Gary’s introduction, then the reddit comments relevant to a Ron Paul VP or cabinet position or a Ron Paul endorsement. Not included, for the most part, are comments asking Gary his positions on abortion, decriminalization with regulation and taxation of drugs, humanitarian interventionism, and states’ rights, which were concerns that many Ron Paul supporters (at least on reddit) had. Also not present are the many comments of Ron Paul supporters saying they definitely will vote for Gary Johnson. There will be some mention of some of these things below, but primarily the focus will be on a Gary Johnson Ron Paul alliance.

I am Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President. AMA. (self.IAmA)

submitted 4 hours ago* by GovGaryJohnson

WHO AM I?

I am Gov. Gary Johnnson, the Libertarian candidate for President of the United States, and the two-term Governor of New Mexico from 1994 – 2003.

Here is proof that this is me: https://twitter.com/GovGaryJohnson/status/245597958253445120

I’ve been referred to as the ‘most fiscally conservative Governor’ in the country, and vetoed so many bills that I earned the nickname “Governor Veto.” I bring a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, and believe that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.

I’m also an avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist. I have currently reached four of the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To learn more about me, please visit my website: www.GaryJohnson2012.com. You can also follow me on Twitter,FacebookGoogle+, and Tumblr.

EDIT: Unfortunately, that’s all the time I have today. I’ll try to answer more questions later if I find some time. Thank you all for your great questions; I tried to answer more than 10 (unlike another Presidential candidate). Don’t forget to vote in November – our liberty depends on it!

[–]YouthInRevolt 1739 points 2 hours ago*

In the event that you are not allowed into the presidential debates, would you please consider holding a roundtable discussion after each debate with Dennis Kucinich, Jill Stein, Ron Paul, and Russ Feingold where you all discuss Romney and Obama’s answers?

Put it on CurrentTV and/or stream it over the internet…

Edit: PM me if you want to help make a subreddit to organize people behind making this idea a reality.

I’m thinking r/thirdpartyroundtable. What do you guys think?

Edit II: The John Stossel Show (FOX), on Thursday September 13th at 9pm EST, will be featuring a discussion between Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Socialist Party candidate Stewart Alexander, and Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode.

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[–]OHhokie1 293 points 2 hours ago

Hello Governor Johnson,

I am a moderator of the subreddit devoted to your campaign,/r/garyjohnson, and the campus coordinator at Virginia Tech where we are hosting your VP, Judge Jim Gray, next Monday.

I have a few questions for you, feel free to not answer all of them if you are short on time:

  • As a former worker and district chairman for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, I am very familiar with Ron Paul fans. From my observations, it seems roughly 30-50% of Paul supporters will vote for you this fall, but many refuse to do so without an endorsement from Dr. Paul. I understand the reasoning behind not asking for Dr. Paul’s endorsement, but I still feel like it is something you should try to obtain. If you would promise Dr. Paul a cabinet position or Fed Chair when you win, I assure you most of his supporters will do the asking for you with regards to the endorsement. Is this a possibility and would you consider publicly offering Dr. Paul such a position?
  • I helped with gathering you the required signatures to be on the ballot in our state. As I’m sure you know, one of the biggest hurdles for third party candidates such as yourself is the ridiculous election laws/regulations. As President, would you support electoral form? Would you consider more radical changes such as run-off voting or a Constitutional Amendment setting a minimum number of “official” parties?
  • What are the chances that you will be able to debate on the national stage this fall? I know the LP has paid several private polling organizations to conduct polls without Mitt Romney’s name, where you polled well over 15%, as an attempt to mock the fact that you are not included in the polls. Are those also being conducted in preparation for legal challenges?
  • If you are allowed to debate, most would still consider your campaign a longshot but at least possible. In the case that you are not allowed to debate, most would consider a win in November practically impossible. In the latter case, would you consider changing your campaign strategy to concentrate your efforts as to maximize your impact? For example, if that was the case, why not concentrate on New Mexico where you enjoy popularity and name recognition? Even if you lost in a landslide on the national level, it could have huge implications for the future of the LP if we won even a single state.
  • Are you running campaign ads on TV in any states yet? What is the financial hurdle we need to pass to get your ads on national TV competing with Romney/Obama?
  • If you were allowed to debate this fall, what issues do you think you would be able to hammer Romney/Obama on?
  • Many libertarians and Paul supporters have criticized your support of humanitarian wars, private prisons, and some have claimed your knowledge of monetary policy and willingness to abolish the Fed is not sufficient. Can you clarify your positions in these areas?

Also, photos from our recent VT rally for you:http://i.imgur.com/R8atp.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/0zeXc.jpeg,http://i.imgur.com/LkEsv.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/2NSQi.jpg

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[–]OHhokie1 50 points 1 hour ago

Would it be illegal to say “If elected, Ron Paul will be at the top of my list when looking for a Fed Chairman”?

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[–]Ewarrior190 11 points 1 hour ago

He said this exact thing kast night, under the condition Ron Paul wanted one. Both he and I doubt it, as he’s retiring.

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[–]ZNaught 16 points 2 hours ago

  1. How do you plan to be allowed on the debates?
  2. As a Ron Paul supporter, the only issue I have is with you being pro-choice. What would you actually do in regards to abortion as president?
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[–]cadez01 3 points 2 hours ago

I’m a huge Ron Paul supporter and I’m 99.9% sure I will be voting for you in the elections, because I don’t feel there’s much difference at all between Romney & Obama. What needs to be done for a third-party candidate to be viable in our current two-party system? I would love nothing more than to have a 3rd option that actually had a chance in this election.

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[–]exdirrk 3 points 2 hours ago

Mr. Johnson,

First, thank you for your time and for doing this. I am a Ron Paul follower and am looking at your policies and see that they align for most of the issues that are important to me. My biggest concern is that you are not going to be in the presidential debates for the public to actually get an opinion of you. What are you doing to give yourself more visibility nationally and what can we do to help your cause?

Thanks

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[–]signposthead 0 points 2 hours ago

Hello Mr. Johnson, thank you for doing an AMA, I just have 2 questions for you:

  1. Now that the Republican Primaries are completely finished, many former Ron Paul supporters are now backing you due to the similarities in your policies. When the primaries were going on, the media treatment of Paul’s run for the nomination was not unlike the current media treatment of 3rd party candidates such as yourself and Jill Stein. What do you think should be done – and what do you plan to do – about the mainstream media to give ALL candidates – regardless of party – equal coverage? It seems hard, if not impossible, to find a completely unbiased source for news, but as of now alternates to the 2 major political parties get only a sliver of the airtime, if that.
  2. We live in a country that currently follows a clear 2-party system. What do you think normal citizens should do in order to bring more attention to the alternate parties and candidates such as the Libertarian Party and yourself?

Thank you again for your time here.

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[–]MisterPresident813 1 point 2 hours ago

Governor Johnson, as someone who is studying Political Science I believe everyone should have to come across John Hospers, it is truly eye opening.

My question for you is why no select Ron Paul as a running mate and really stir things up, and if that idea was already explored why did it not come to fruition?

Thanks for doing this and Go America

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[–]feracyn 2 points 2 hours ago

Mr. Johnson,

I believe you are the man for the job. But I’ve been a Ron Paul supporter. I have been trying to decide whether to write him in or give you my vote. I am having difficulty making this decision. Can you comment?

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[–]The3rdhorsemen 0 points 2 hours ago

1.) What is your opinion of Ron Paul? 2.) What are your thoughts on how the Ron Paul delegates and supporters were treated during the GOP Convention? Thanks for doing an AMA.

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[–]rp_rEVOLution 1 point 2 hours ago

Gov. Johnson,

Not a question, but just letting you know, the Ron Paul Revolution stands by you. I am truly happy to know that your name will be on all 50 states. You are an inspiration and hopefully this will be the begining of the end of the two party system. Best of luck to you and just know you have my vote!

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[–]Wowwzaa 0 points 2 hours ago

If there was a zombie apocalypse, how would you go about keeping our country safe? But seriously now, how are you going to go about getting Ron Paul supporters on your side? I know many have already switched to your side, but how do you plan on appealing to the ones that are kind of on the fence to voting Independent? Just curious, and thanks in advance Mr. Johnson.

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[–]LordHill 1 point 2 hours ago

What kind of place would Ron Paul have in a Gary Johnson administration, and what made you decide that the best way to advocate personal liberty was in the Libertarian Party rather than the Republican Party? Also, how can you convince Ron Paul Republicans of the same thing?

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[–]metalfreak666 1 point 2 hours ago

Hi Gary Johnson! It is an honor to be talking to you and doing this! I know you maybe getting these questions already, but I just want to ask these questions!

1.) Have you considered Ron Paul in a cabinet position? Why or why not?

2.) I have been hearing that you would do humanitarian wars and might go to Uganda to fight off the LRA and find Kony. Can you elaborate on this? Because I thought you were against wars. I thought that libertarians were against interventionism.

3.) How does November look in your perspective?

4.) Have they finally let you on the debate stage with Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney?

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[–]Alexxandros 1 point 2 hours ago

First off I want to say since seeing you in the small time you were allotted to speak in the GOP debates I’ve been a big fan, and an even bigger one once it was clear Ron Paul was not going to be the nominee. You are definitely doing great things for Liberty and for that I thank you.

-You speak a lot of legalizing marijuana but what about all drugs? I understand we have to start somewhere but is it your opinion that the drug war as a whole violates liberty or are you just concerned with Marijuana?

-Also if you were elected President who would you pick as Fed Chairmen?

-What do you think is the most critical part of your platform?

-Do you think you’d have more success with a democratic congress, a republican congress or a mixture of the two?

Thanks!

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[–]ShadowDrgn 2 points 2 hours ago

How do you feel about the Ron Paul strategy of attempting to return the Republican party to its small government roots rather than mounting a challenge as a third party? You also tried running in the Republican primary and seemingly used the Libertarian Party as a back-up plan, much like what it appears most liberty-minded supporters have also done. However, a protracted Republican primary fight certainly hasn’t done the LP any favors because the people who should be your biggest supporters are already tapped out, both financially and motivationally, trying to get Ron Paul the Republican nomination. On the other hand, the system IS rigged against third parties…

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[–]everyotherredditor 1 point 2 hours ago

Why aren’t you Ron Paul?

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[–]utohs 2 points 2 hours ago

Gov. Johnson, I have been an avid Ron Paul supporter for 5 years. I justified voting for him 4 years ago by stating that I am sick of voting for the lesser of two evils. I like most of your policies and believe you are far and away better than Romney and Obama. I believe that Ron Paul has a better stance on foreign policy than you, so my question to you is this: How would voting for you (as opposed to writing in Ron Paul) be different than still voting for the lesser of two evils?

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[–]0RPH 2 points 2 hours ago

I voted for you in the primary and I am planning on voting for you again in November. I realize that your chances for actually winning this time around are null, but I hope that if enough people vote for you now that in four years you, or another libertarian candidate, may have a real chance at succeeding. My question for you, is what is your strategy for getting the libertarian ideals more understood in this country? Do we need to go the Ron Paul way and try to convert the republican party from the inside, or do we need to work from outside the party lines? Both? Neither? How do you hope to effect real positive change in this country?

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[–]jca2u 1 point 2 hours ago

Would you have still ran on the Libertarian ticket is Ron Paul would’ve (miraculously) gotten the Republican nomination?

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[–]hazyharry 1 point 2 hours ago

If you started a revolution, you would have followers. An army so to speak. Especially if you teamed up with Ron Paul.

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[–]Shahe_B 2 points 2 hours ago

Just wondering if you and Ron Paul had any discussion about running for office on the same ticket this year.

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[–]yoshiknows 1 point 2 hours ago

The Libertarian Party needs a leader, and Ron Paul needs to annoint that leader. Ron is a fantastic guy, but his ideas, while solid in foundation, were too radical. One step at a time. Yes, I get the idea of legalizing heroin, but don’t want to go there….yet. Maybe pot…Ron’s message really resonated with people – keep the momentum going. We are all sick of Wars, Government, Lobbyists, NeoCons, Gay Rights, Women’s Right, etc. Get government out of our lives – the GOP doesn’t get this, yet they preach it.

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[–]edisekeed 1 point 1 hour ago

Big fan Gary and will be voting for you in November! I was wondering if you considered asking Ron Paul to publicly support you. Since he has a huge following and supports many of your libertarian principles its seems like a decent possibility and would definitely boost your chances.

My question is, do you think federal government has any role in providing a safety net, no matter how basic, for poor people?

Thanks again!

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[–]vjpantin 0 points 1 hour ago

Hello Gov. Johnson, thanks for doing an AMA. I was just wondering how you became affiliated with Ron Paul and if you think he will be playing a larger role in the office than most other VPs (i.e. Joe Biden). Thanks, and good luck!

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[–]Pseudophobic 1 point 1 hour ago

As a Ron Paul supporter, why should I support you instead? How are your views the same and do you differ on any issues?

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[–]rancegt 0 points 1 hour ago

Ron Paul has a lot of people vowing to write in his name for the election.

What would you say to them to persuade them to vote for you?

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[–]Shapeshiftingkiwi 1 point 1 hour ago

Simple question, why should i bother voting?

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[–]LibertarianCentrist 2 points 1 hour ago

I am a Ron Paul activist and you have not quite earned my vote. I am a bit put off by you’re take on a lot of social issues. You mentioned that your plan is to nationally legalize and then tax marijuana. I feel that this doesn’t hold a lot of regards for states’ rights and I don’t see why we need another tax. I also am a bit put off at your insistence on taking issues like gay marriage and abortion to be federally legislated, when I feel these are issues that ought to be left to the states. Can you please elaborate your positions and explain why a constitutionalist should vote for you?

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[–]tsilb 1 point 1 hour ago

  • I saw you say once that if Ron Paul had a chance of winning the GOP nomination, you’d drop out. If he decides to run as an independent, will you continue the race?
  • What can we do to help get you into the general season debates?
  • How quickly would you balance the budget? How quickly do you think we could reasonably pay off the national debt?
  • Would you favor any federal-level regulations? If so, what kind?
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[–]suspen_sion 1 point 1 hour ago

What are your thoughts on Ron Paul?

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[–]rigelstarr 1 point 1 hour ago

Why do not you and Ron Paul join forces to create a undefeatable dynamic duo that could transform our govenment?

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[–]emjayar08 1 point 58 minutes ago

Do you have any interest in bring in Ron Paul as your VP?

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[–]ColbyM777 1 point 36 minutes ago

Wouldn’t it be easier to lean back and put the laptop on your lap? You look uncomfortable in the picture. Oh, and if elected would Ron Paul be your VP? Are you going to try and make the government smaller, if so, how?

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[–]MPBlaster 1 point 23 minutes ago

Did you consider asking Ron Paul to be your VP? I know alot of us were thinking you might be.

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[–]simplejaaaames 1 point 2 hours ago

hello Mr. Johnson! what’s going on? how is your day going? i have a few questions i would like to ask you. 1, what would you say to the Ron Paul supporters were going to vote RP to get there vote? 2, what are your plans if you lose? i would love to see you continue to liberty movement and see you run for senate maybe? 3, this is a question from my mom, what would you do about social security? she is in her 50′s and is scared to death she will have to work until she dies. she also would like to know where the SS money currently is. you already have have my vote sir. i am a RP supporter voting for you because you are that absolute best candidate left standing. i’m showing all of my friends, including my mother, how much of a good candidate you are. thank you for doing this AMA and have a great rest of the day sir.

Gary Johnson: A true american hero

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[–]billardkarr 2 points 2 hours ago

How would you involve Ron Paul with your administration if you became President?

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[–]SovereignRLG 1 point 2 hours ago

Do you support Ron Paul running again in 2016?

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[–]FingerBuckley 0 points 2 hours ago

Any chance that Ron Paul could end up as your running mate? (as in VP candidate)

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[–]bryansmall41 0 points 2 hours ago

First off thank you Gov Johnson for doing this AMA. Got a lot of questions 1) What are you doing to gain national attention and be included in televised debates? 2) What are you doing to gain the young crowd that Ron Paul introduced to libertarianism? 3) What is the best thing a broke college student can do to help spread your movement? 4) What is the biggest limiting factor stopping true third party politics in America?

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[–]morpheus342 -1 points 1 hour ago

Gov. Johnson, Y U NO PICK RON PAUL YET????

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