Bitcoins, marijuana and Kanye West: A look at the Libertarian candidates

Gadfly politicians, offensive soundbites and mind-numbing personal attacks are dominating media coverage of the presidential race this election season. And it’s not  just in the Republican and Democratic races. Former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is hoping to capitalize on the negative tones of the Democratic and Republican primaries and legitimize his third party candidacy to voters disgusted with the two-party system this fall. But first he must beat a crop of candidates, some of whom who are more eccentric than a Trump, Sanders, Cruz or Carson could ever dream of being. Currently 15 candidates are vying for a nomination from the Libertarian Party, all pushing for smaller government.

Gary Johnson in nationally televised debate

Former New Mexico governor and Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson will appear as part of the first nationally televised Libertarian Party debate Friday. The debate, moderated by libertarian host and TV personality John Stossel, will air in two parts on the Fox Business Network, a lower-rated sister channel of Fox News. The two-hour debate was recorded on Wednesday and featured three candidates: Johnson, John McAfee and Austin Peterson. In a phone interview on Thursday with NM Political Report, Johnson seemed optimistic if somewhat vague about how the debate went. “You just do as good as you can,” Johnson said.

Poll: Johnson at 11% when against Trump and Clinton

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson would still be well behind the two major party candidates, but if a poll showed the Libertarian Party hopeful would be in the double digits against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. That’s according to a Monmouth University poll of registered voters released last week. The poll shows that Clinton would get 42 percent, Trump 34 percent and Johnson 11 percent. Clinton is the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination and Trump is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Johnson is one of 16 candidates—so far—seeking the Libertarian Party nomination.

[VIDEO] Gary Johnson: ‘Donald Trump’s a p***y’

A former New Mexico governor who is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination insulted Donald Trump using a vulgar insult, one that Trump himself used last month in reference to Texas Senator Ted Cruz. After bragging about climbing the tallest mountain on each continent, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson said, to applause, “Donald Trump’s a pussy.” Johnson dropped the vulgar word as one of five candidates speaking at the second part of a Libertarian Party presidential debate in Biloxi, Mississippi this past Saturday night. His fellow Libertarian Party presidential hopeful John McAfee—the guy who developed the anti-virus program that bears his name—chimed in, “Hear, hear!” The debate wasn’t as glamorous as the presidential debates for the Democratic or Republican parties that appear on national cable channels and broadcast networks.

Gary Johnson is running for President

Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson is running for President again. Johnson made the announcement Wednesday morning on Fox Business Channel, citing the federal debt and the size of government. “It is up for grabs,” Johnson told NM Political Report in a phone interview on Wednesday morning. “If I’m not the nominee, so be it.”

“I am hoping to get the Libertarian nomination for President in 2016 and, in fact, offer that alternative,” Johnson told host Neil Cavuto according to a clip posted on Twitter. The first thing that most voters think about when they hear Johnson’s name, if they recognize it at all, is his support for the legalization of marijuana.

Former Gov. Johnson insists he is ‘hopeful’, but not running for President—yet

A post from Gary Johnson on his Tumblr page last week ended with a somewhat cryptic line that appeared to hint at his intention to run for President of the United States again. Johnson wrote nearly 2,000 words about his history running for office, the state of the current political parties and what he believes the country might be “ready” for in a candidate. He closed his open letter with an ambiguous statement hinting at his intention to run. “Maybe, just maybe, America is ready. And maybe that’s why I would want to run for President,” Johnson wrote.