Libertarian Party Candidate Gary Johnson on Voting Libertarian For One Election





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Published on Aug 14, 2012

"There are a lot more people in this country that describe themselves as libertarian than vote libertarian," says Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. "You are a libertarian. How about voting just this way one time."

Reason's Nick Gillespie sat down with Gary Johnson at FreedomFest 2012, to discuss how to cut the deficit by reforming Medicaid and Medicare, and how his campaign is performing in the national polls.

Held each July in Las Vegas, FreedomFest is attended by around 2,000 limited-government enthusiasts and libertarians a year. ReasonTV spoke with over two dozen speakers and attendees and will be releasing interviews over the coming weeks. For an ever-growing playlist, go here now:


About 5.40 minutes.

Camera by Tracy Oppenheimer and Alex Manning; edited by Joshua Swain.

Comments • 213

William Marquez
Wake up people both parties have been bringing this country to where we are now. Yes both if you don't like the LP then vote for an Independent. Neither R or D are going to put the people first over all their big donations and lobbyist funds its not going to happen. They had long enough to get their shit together. Both sides lie to get in and then fall in line with the rest. all the social issues get fought over to keep us mad while they all pass bills taking away our rights and pass bills that kill small business. None of them work for us any more. They blame the other party when things go wrong and we keep voting each one in and out again and again. Enough is enough. They are not going to change. We need to vote them all out and if that is via the LP or Independent or what ever I don't care (hell we could put Kids in there and they would do a better job then what we got now.) That will be the only way to get our government back to working for the people.
I wanted to vote libertarian, but I knew that would just have given the election to the candidate I liked the least. Watch CGPgreys video on US elections. That summarizes the problem of US elections nicely. If you want a libertarian you really need them to win a major party's nomination first. That unfortunately means you must register with a major party and vote in their primary to get a libertarian into office. Sad but true. 
If you mean by throwing away their vote on Ron Paul or Gary Johnson, yes, that's true. But Romney isn't exactly blameless either. He made many stupid remarks and had many out of touch political positions. Also, some more extreme social conservatives like Todd Akin and Richard Murdoch helped cost Romney the election in swing states because they terrified many moderates (who voted Dem in the swing states just to deny the GOP a majority). There's plenty of blame to go around as for why Romney lost.
Then register with one of the two major parties (Democrat in states like California or Hawaii and GOP in states like Texas or Arkansas) and vote for a libertarian in one of the primary elections. That is the only way libertarians will be able to get elected. It is sad, but that is the system we have, at least until we have an alternative (instant run-off) vote system like Australia. See GGPgrey's video.
If you are in California then register with the Democrat party and get all libertarians to vote in the primary for a single libertarian candidate (it must be a single candidate as to not split the vote). Yes, the sad truth is independent candidates do not have a prayer in that state. The best chance libertarians have in California is to win the democrat primary. The same is true for libertarians in Texas, just with a different party (the GOP).
Anna Poltava
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almost piss is pants when he said canada was a treat i am canadian and we have a hard time flying our seakings without crashing imagine going to war with usa just their drones out supply our whole army lol but WATCHOUT we going to have a f35 pretty soon (sarcasm)
Libertarian dolts ruined 2012...
During the election, I was disenfranchised with both Obama's overspending/incompetence and the Republican's bad behavior and religious dogma. Neither dem or rep seems to support my interests anymore, it's dogma over goals, and I'm tired of it. I'm a moderate, and I just want things to get done, and get better. I wonder if the libertarians, by default, have become the new center. They want fiscal conservatism without threatening civil rights....
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