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Salon examines Johnson’s odd standing in the GOP
When reacting to a piece in Salon about former New Mexico governor — and likely 2012 Presidential candidate — Gary Johnson, politically liberal film critic Roger Ebert wondered, “Why is this man a Republican?”
The Salon article outlines some of Johnson’s stances that are at odds with the mainstream of the Republican Party.
He also favors legalizing pot, supports abortion rights, and opposes the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Oh, and he doesn’t go to church. “I don’t think you’ll ever hear me invoking God in anything I do,” he tells me.
Political analyst Stu Rothenberg, however, thinks that Johnson will have no impact on the 2012 GOP nomination. Rothenberg told Salon in an e-mail of Johnson’s chances, “I’d say that they are less than zero, if there was such a thing.”
New Mexico pollster Brian Sanderoff, who says Johnson is a long-shot, remarked, “If ever there was a time for someone like Gary Johnson, it’s now.”
Johnson is the honorary chairman of the OUR America Initiative, a non-profit, and so will not discuss whether or not he is running for President. But with Johnson criss-crossing the United States meeting with libertarian and conservative groups as well as doing interviews for media outlets, many say it is only a matter of time before Johnson throws his hat in the presidential ring.