Former New Mexico Governor and current Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson showed up to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Wednesday, ostensibly to convert attendees. Reason Magazine, a free-market publication, spoke with Johnson outside the Quicken Loans Arena about his thoughts on the GOP and the former two term governors platforms. Editors Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie took questions from the surrounding crowd and confirmed that at least one attendee planned to change her party affiliation. On unnamed woman said she was an alternate delegate from Washington State and that she was unsatisfied with the GOP’s pick for president. “I have to say unfortunately half the job was done by Trump,” the woman said. She went on to say she would change her voter registration and vote for Johnson.
In a room with about 100 people—a mix of students and older adults—Gary Johnson signs pocket constitutions, takes selfies with young people and literally kisses the cheek of at least one child. Johnson just finished an hour-long forum at the University of New Mexico hosted by the Young Americans for Liberty. Some of the older people in the crowd ask about his family and reminisce about his tenure as the governor of New Mexico in the mid to late 1990s. “There were no pizza parties,” one woman says, smugly referring to an event in Santa Fe involving beer bottles thrown off a hotel balcony and a possibly intoxicated Gov. Susana Martinez. This piece also appeared in the April 20 edition of the ABQ Free Press.
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has popped up every so often in libertarian circles in recent years and in the latest, an interview with Reason TV, he hit a number of hot button topics. As the first governor in the nation to call for the legalization of marijuana, and while speaking to the editor in chief of a libertarian magazine, marijuana of course came up. But the former Libertarian presidential candidate also talked about presidential politics, including slamming Donald Trump as appealing to what he called a racist set of voters. “He is appealing to a segment that I’ll just label racist,” Johnson said. “And it exists and it’s out there and, you know what, I don’t want anything to do with it.”