Is Gary Johnson The Next Ron Paul?

Posted by | September 8, 2010 11:19 | Filed under: Top Stories

Politico made comparisons between former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and Ron Paul last December.  Now, there is more talk of a Johnson run for president in 2012 (h/t Political Wire).

The former Republican governor is mulling a run for president, and his libertarian views and small government platform fit the disenchantment many voters feel toward Washington. Among his supporters is Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul, who drew a committed following in his 2008 campaign for president and was quoted in the conservative online website The Daily Caller as saying if he didn’t run again in 2012, the best candidate would be Johnson.

Johnson, who served as governor from 1994 to 2002, supports slashing government spending, including big cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. He also calls for simplifying and reducing taxes.

Those stands might please many Republicans, but some would likely bristle at his opposition to the war in Iraq or his support for cutting defense spending, legalizing marijuana, expanding legal immigration and legalizing civil unions for gays and lesbians.

The question is, which political party would accept Johnson and his views?

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