Libertarian
Gary Johnson

For U.S. President - 2016

Contest: 2016
Experience: Candidate U.S. President 2012, Governor of New Mexico 1994-2002, candidate U.S. President 2000, Co-Founder/Owner Big J Enterprises 1976-1999
Residence: Salt Lake City

Family: Divorced, Children: 2

Education:
BA, University of Mexico,
Website: Click Here

POSITION ON ISSUES*

Crime and Public Safety

Should the NSA continue its bulk data collection programs for U.S. citizens?
Should the federal government expand background checks for firearms sales?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
How should the U.S. combat the Islamic State?
How should the U.S. approach Iraq?
Should NH lower the drinking age?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should the federal government reform Social Security by raising the retirement age?
Should the federal government privatize some or all of Social Security?
Should the federal government lower the corporate tax rate?
Should the federal government raise the minimum wage?
Should the federal government institute a flat income tax for all income brackets while eliminating many deductions?
Should the federal government repeal the Dodd-Frank financial regulations?
Should the U.S. Constitution have a Balanced Budget Amendment?

Education

Should NH continue the business tax credit for scholarships to private, parochial, and home schools?
Should the federal government allow student loan payments to be reduced based on income?

Energy and Environment

Should the government do more to combat climate change, for example by restricting emissions, taxing carbon, or providing incentives to develop clean energy?
Should the government pursue more opportunities to produce fossil fuels?

Health Care

Should the federal government repeal the Affordable Care Act/”Obamacare” entirely and start again?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should businesses that provide insurance be required to cover contraception?

Social Issues

Should there be a path to citizenship for some illegal/undocumented immigrants?
Should NH repeal same-sex marriage?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should businesses that provide insurance be required to cover contraception?
Should NH lower the drinking age?

Campaign Finances

Candidate Raised: $348,670    

 

Individual Contributions: 84% ($293,125)
Party Contributions: 0% ($0)
PAC Contributions: 0% ($0)
Candidate self-financing: 0% ($0)
Other: 16% ($55,545)

Candidate Spent: $333,746    
     
Outside Spent FOR: $0    
Outside Spent AGAINST: $0    

COMMENTS

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Kevin Kervick
- Portsmouth

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 12:51am

I love my country. I want my children to be able to have what I had. Like most Americans, I am sick of political corruption. I despise juvenile tribal warfare that is fueled by groupthink. I hate politics and posturing. I want my political leaders to act with integrity. I am desperate for common sense leadership that puts the long-term needs of the country first, ahead of short-term special interests.

I am proud of our New Hampshire Republicans. During this last term they put the long-term needs of the state first by reforming government and cutting spending, in the face of harsh criticism from those that were benefitting from the status quo. That is leadership. I hear good things coming from our New Hampshire Republican candidates. All of them are promising to keep taxes low, to continue to look for savings and efficiencies in state government, to stand up to Washington mandates, and to keep New Hampshire free. Therefore I am honored to support the New Hampshire Republicans wholeheartedly.

However, I see no such leadership coming from either party at the national level. I see a Democratic Party that wants to expand the rate of federal spending in order to pay off their special interest factions. I see a Republican Party that has historically spent as much as their Democrat counterparts, and is presenting a budget that won’t balance for over twenty years. Both parties want to grow government. They just prefer different recipients. This is simply not good enough.

The Democratic Party, locally and nationally, has become the party of economic and cultural Marxism. They are the entitlement party that uses guilt tripping and demonization to get ahead. The party of John Kennedy is gone forever. The Obama Progressives have won the day.

In the national Republican Party I see a party in an identity transition. It knows it needs to change but it can’t get itself to take the steps it needs to take to reinvent itself. The establishment power brokers within the party are holding on tightly to their influence, and instead of welcoming new energy to the party that could make it viable, they are alienating that new energy. The way the GOP establishment treated Ron Paul supporters at the national convention was despicable. They undertook a power play that alienated the grass roots of the party in order to maintain establishment control. They seem to be more concerned about the present than the future. The party is getting older and more culturally homogenous, and yet it seems to be doing nothing to diversify. It is stuck in the past.

I endorsed Ron Paul for President last year. I believe Paul’s Liberty Coalition is the future. The national Democrat and Republican Parties as they are currently configured are the past. A new radical center is emerging that will win the day. I call it common sense conservatism, but it could easily be characterized by other labels. It calls for serious reforms in the way we currently do business. It offers a new identity that takes us away from the tired old right-left paradigm. It is a new day.

Thus, I cannot in good conscience, support either of the national candidates for President of the United States. Neither is offering a platform I can support. I refuse to support one man, only because he is better than the other guy. Both guys are unacceptable. We need an entirely new way.

I support Gary Johnson for President, not because I agree with him on everything. I do not. But like Congressman Paul, Johnson is an honest man who is offering a bold vision to restore America. He is right on all of the key issues of our time. We need honesty and we need a bold vision.

We also need to do everything we can to open up the media-controlled political process to other voices. We need to end the two-party duopoly because it is destroying us. Governor Johnson must be included in the national debates to provide an alternative voice. I believe his ideas best represent the emerging radical center that can save the country. Saving the country is more important than advancing the interests of any political party.

Will Gary Johnson win? That is an irrelevant question to me. What matters is that his new-paradigm thinking finds its way into the marketplace of ideas.

Kevin Kervick

Republican Candidate for State Representative

Portsmouth District 30

Jeffrey Sandoval
- Albuquerque

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:37am

Before I back him give him my blessing as a New Mexican I need to meet the man see him eye to eye. I don't want a selfish person talking for me and being my president of my loving COUNTRY!!!!! I need to meet the man first I am old school. So Gary Johnson please meet me and talk. If i feel your heart is true Ill back you all the way.. It's a time for the people of The Great US to Stand and say how We want our Country run.

Mark Zbylut
- South Elgin

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:43am

Research states you were the govenor of New Mexico. Why does your Q&A reference New Hampshire, NH?

Lawrence McDade
- Marathon

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 8:56am

Recently became acquainted with Gary Johnson after being totally disgusted with the electoral process so far. Finally someone who echoes my views. You have my vote in Nov and I'll do all I can to expose more voters to your views. Thanks, Larry McDade

Janusz Duzinkiewicz
- LaPorte

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 9:52am

Unfortunately, your new running mate immediately made two major mistakes. Kristallnacht never occurred in Warsaw and while it happened in Germany and Austria (after Hitler merged the two) Kristallnacht occurred throughout the country and not in any ghetto. Mr Weld not only demonstrates ignorance but also anti-Polish prejudice. Your campaign should correct the misinformation and apologize to all Poles and Polish Americans.

Yvonne Kowalczewski

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 11:45am

As a resident of Massachusetts who not only voted for Gov. Weld but also worked on his US Senate campaign, I was delighted with your choice of running mate. This quickly turned to dismay and disgust upon hearing and reading his comment "I can hear the glass crunching on Kristallnacht in the ghettos of Warsaw." It is disconcerting that a person of such erudition would be so ignorant about 20th-century history. Kristallnacht occurred in Germany ten months before the German invasion of Poland and almost a year before the Germans established Jewish ghettos in occupied Poland. Mr. Weld is misinformed about both the time and place of this event. And btw, prior to the German invasion and occupation of Poland there were no ghettos and no restrictions on where Jews were permitted to live in Poland. And this, from someone who prides himself on having worked on the US Holocaust Commission. Shame on him for his ignorance and for his defamation of a country which was the only one to fight against Nazi Germany from the first day of the war to the last.

Alexandra Hollander
- Princeton

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 6:34pm

"Kristallnacht in the ghettos of Warsaw" ? This just became a new measuring stick for ignorance and cluelessness of yet another politician. Mr. Weld intends to lead this country? He is right next to other American people of power and high position who cannot tell the difference between Poland and Germany, including Mr. Obama and Mr. Comey.

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