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March 15, 2016, Santa Fe, NM – Former New Mexico Governor and 2016 Libertarian candidate for President Gary Johnson released the following statement regarding Tuesday’s primaries:

“2016 could be the year when the two-party hold on American elections falls apart – and it’s about time.

“Exit polls from Tuesday show that fully one-third of Republicans will consider a third-party candidate if Trump and Clinton are the nominees in November.

On the Democrat side, it is difficult to imagine voters who are energized for Bernie Sanders taking that enthusiasm to Hillary Clinton.

“Thanks to the realities of ballot access at this late date, there will be only one third-party candidate on the ballot in all 50 states in November.

That candidate will be the Libertarian nominee.

“I would submit that the true ‘mainstream’ in American politics today, especially among the critical 80 million millennials who comprise the largest voter segment in U.S. history, adheres to the simple idea that government is too big, costs too much, and has in fact become a corrupt threat to individual freedom.

“Both the Republican and Democratic parties have fumbled around and constructed nomination processes that make it virtually impossible for a candidate reflecting that ‘mainstream’ to emerge.

The American people see that, and it’s time for the real majority to stand up and try something different, such as electing a candidate who believes we have too much government and not enough freedom and opportunity.”

49-State Analysis: Obamacare To Increase Individual-Market Premiums By Average Of 41%

One of the fundamental flaws of the Affordable Care Act is that, despite its name, it makes health insurance more expensive. Today, the Manhattan Institute released the most comprehensive analysis yet conducted of premiums under Obamacare for people who shop for coverage on their own. Heres what we learned. In the average state, Obamacare will increase underlying premiums by 41 percent. As we have long expected, the steepest hikes will be imposed on the healthy, the young, and the male. And Obamacares taxpayer-funded subsidies will primarily benefit those nearing retirementpeople who, unlike the young, have had their whole lives to save for their health-care needs.

It’s probably a good time to remind ourselves that the basic needs that were supposed to be addressed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are: Access and Affordability. It is Econ 101 that those goals will only be achieved when supply and competition are increased. Needless to say, we don’t seem to be headed in that direction. - Gov. Gary Johnson


January 28, 2014, New York, NY Former New Mexico Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“Since President Obama’s State of the Union speech last year, the national debt has increased by more than $700 billion.  Millions of Americans are or will soon see their insurance cancelled, altered or rendered substantially more expensive – and their health care choices now made by the government.  And when it comes to civil liberties and fundamental freedoms, Americans are today more fearful of their own government than of outside threats.

“These are realities that no rhetoric can disguise. The President spoke of building “new ladders of opportunity”. As long as our President and the Congress continue to add to the burden of debt on every American and continue to make us less free, the ladder of opportunity will just become more and more difficult to climb.  

“Americans don’t need a speech to know that the state of the Union is precarious, and will remain so until politicians of both parties abandon the failed idea that the federal government can somehow spend and manipulate us into prosperity and real opportunity.

“We’ve tried the approach of addressing the nation’s challenges with more government, more programs, and dollars we don’t have.  The President’s speech tonight suggested more of the same. I believe America is ready to try something different, like less government, less debt and more freedom to build our own ladders of opportunity.”


Real Time with Bill Maher: Overtime – July 1, 2016 (HBO)

Bill Maher and his guests – Gov. Gary Johnson, Louise Mensch, Ari Melber, Rep. Barbara Lee and Jim Gaffigan – answer viewer questions after the show.


I’m in Washington, DC, this week talking about the NSA and our 4th Amendment rights – and to speak at a “Stop Watching Us” rally Saturday. An interview Thursday with RT America:


February 20, 2014, Santa Fe, NM -- Former Governor Gary Johnson today applauded the New Mexico legislature for choosing not to act on any legislation that would deny marriage equality rights affirmed late last year by the state’s Supreme Court.  

In a statement released after the legislature adjourned Thursday, the two-term Governor and Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative said, “From our own Supreme Court in New Mexico to federal courts across the country to the U.S. Supreme Court, the rights of all Americans to share equally in the legal benefits of marriage are finally gaining the protections they deserve. Nevertheless, in some state legislatures around the nation, efforts are still being made to deny marriage equality to same-sex couples.  I am proud that New Mexico’s legislature has adjourned without giving any such efforts serious consideration.

“In New Mexico, as elsewhere, people hold strong personal and religious beliefs about gay marriage, and those beliefs must be respected.  However, New Mexicans also hold a strong belief in fairness under the law, and recognize that it is not the government’s role to choose one set of personal beliefs over another when it comes to the legal privileges – and responsibilities – that come with marriage.  By resisting any attempt to erode marriage rights, the legislature has shown the proper respect for our state’s Constitution and the equality it seeks to protect, as confirmed by the Supreme Court.”

Gov. Johnson serves as a co-chair of New Mexico Unites for Marriage, a campaign organized in 2013 by a coalition of state and national organizations to defend marriage equality rights in New Mexico.

I believe 2014 will be a GREAT year for freedom. It will be a year when America wakes up and demands that its government curb mass surveillance, when the realities of government-run health care precipitate a turn toward a marketplace that will allow real access and affordability, and when even more Americans embrace the idea that government should not afford privileges, such as marriage, to some but not to others. These things, of course, will not happen without the dedication, energy and determination of you and me…So let’s do it!
Report: NSA muscles in on Google, Yahoo data

The NSA has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, The Washington Post reports

Is there no end to NSA abuses?? And more importantly, where is the leadership to end those abuses?? The Administration defends its surveillance of everything and everyone on the planet – and Congress listens politely. - Gov. Gary Johnson


November 3, 2014, New York, NY – On the eve of the midterm election, fmr. New Mexico Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson is reminding voters that Tuesday’s election is not about keeping partisan score, but about the policies that emerge after the votes have been counted.

In a statement released Monday, Johnson said, “From the media coverage and nonstop punditry, one would think Tuesday’s election is a sporting event, with the focus almost entirely on which ‘side’ wins – the Republicans or Democrats.

“That’s not the point. Frankly, when you look at the growth of the federal debt, the loss of fundamental liberties at the hands of the NSA, the IRS and other out-of-control agencies, and our continued military interventions abroad, it really hasn’t mattered much whether the Republicans or Democrats have been in control. Big government and less liberty have become the trademarks of both.

“While the focus has been on score-keeping, one reality is clear. Americans are fed up with a federal government and a Congress that abuse their power, can’t seem to get anything right, and can’t even agree on a budget.

“Regardless of who ‘wins’ Tuesday, the real work begins Wednesday when the newly-elected and the re-elected politicians have to actually govern. Will they stop spending money we don’t have? Will they read the 4th Amendment and actually put some limits on government spying on citizens? Will they deal with the fact that the real threat to liberty today is our own government?  

“Another reality that must be faced is that Americans are ready for more choices that just the ‘major’ parties. A majority of voters today believe that neither the Republican nor the Democrat party really represents their views. Yet, in major races across the country, independent and third party candidates were again frequently excluded from debates. That’s just wrong, and must change for the 2016 campaigns. The Constitution doesn’t say anything about giving those in power the right to limit voters’ choices. Letting voters see and hear other credible, qualified candidates will alter a political landscape that is in dire need of alteration.”

Gov. Gary Johnson is the Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative. In the 2012 presidential election, he gained more votes than any Libertarian presidential candidate in history.

The OUR America Initiative is a 501©(4) political advocacy committee and may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors.
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans in Congress get it. The point here is not WHO is being targeted; it is that both the Democrats and Republicans have created a tax code behemoth that allows the IRS to target anyone they wish.

Congressional Democrats revealed new documents on Friday indicating the Internal Revenue Service subjected both liberal and conservative organizations to additional tax scrutiny in recent years, raising new questions about assertions of unfair politically based targeting.
Regarding Syria, President Obama says: "The world set a red line when the governments representing 98% of the world's population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent." Whether the use of chemical weapons is abhorrent is not at issue -- we ALL can agree on that point. The issue is whether U.S. intervention, regardless of scope, will accomplish ANYTHING for either the United States or the Syrian people. I think not

Reddit with Gary Johnson, Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Governor Johnson will kick off the Reddit IAmA by posting who he is, and then respond online to questions and comments from participants.

The 60-minute on-line event will give participants a chance to ask the former New Mexico Governor and Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative questions via the popular website, 

The IAmA can be accessed by going to at 7 p.m. PDT/ 10 p.m. EDT. 

In Reddit search box type “Gov. Gary Johnson.” 
Then on the Left side right above the Reddit links change 
“Links from: All Time” to “ Links From: This hour.”
You should see his new Reddit appear a few minutes before but if you do not see new Reddit please make sure to hit refresh. 
Gov. Johnson will respond to as many questions as possible.

Governor Johnson is anxious to hear from you!

Please join us!

When: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. PDT | 8 p.m. MDT | 9 p.m. CDT | 10 p.m EDT
Where: Online
I often speak of the unintended consequences of U.S. foreign interventions. This excerpt from the op-ed linked below is a worthwhile reminder -- as the politicians in Washington wrestle with the level of U.S. involvement in Syria:

A halfhearted U.S. intervention in Syria won’t intimidate Iran’s leaders; it will embolden them.

“A prolonged war in Syria would offer Iran the same advantages that America’s invasion of Iraq did. Once the United States settled into the task of reconstituting Iraq, generals, politicians and pundits insisted that a second front couldn’t be opened in the Middle East. As Washington tried to sort out Iraq’s troubles, it ignored Iran’s mischief and subversion.”