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Gary Johnson visits New Hampshire ahead of 2012, other GOP candidates
Johnson has little chance of winning the Republican nomination, though a run would likely follow a Ron Paul-style libertarian-insurgent candidacy (Paul hasn’t announced his own plans yet). Johnson does not attend a church, would like to legalize marijuana, is “pro-choice, pro-free trade, and pro-immigration” — positions that put him out of the mainstream of GOP presidential hopefuls. More from the profile:
After trashing Palin on our drive through New Hampshire, Johnson spots a cop car in the rearview mirror. The chauffeur, Johnson adviser Ronald Nielson, pulls the rented Mazda SUV to the side of the road, and the green-clad officer ambles over. “I stopped you because you were going eighty-three in a sixty-five,” he says, peppering the driver with questions. As he disappears with Nielson’s license and registration, Johnson scolds himself for forgetting his Valentine One radar detector. “You can’t seriously speed without a Valentine One,” he tells us. “The Valentine would’ve sniffed him out long before that happened.” The officer returns two minutes later, and the roadside ritual ends anticlimactically. “I’m letting you off with a warning,” he says. “Don’t ask me why.”
The free-speaking Johnson also penned a critical statement on the Republican takeover of the House, on Facebook:
After yesterday’s election I think it would be wrong for the Republicans to take the results as some sort of mandate for Republican leadership. I believe that the Republicans have an opportunity to redeem themselves for when we owned the White House and when we ran up record deficits and when we gave America a prescription health care benefit that added trillions to the entitlement liability and ran up record deficits.