With these 2016 elections becoming more interesting by the day, there appears to be a new Libertarian Maverick that may have been flying under the radar until now. His name is Gary Johnson, and he is no rookie in the game of politics. After accomplishing his first newspaper endorsement, his supporters believe he just might be the man to beat for 2020.
Even though the presidential elections of 2020 seem like they are light years away, supporters like Richmond Times-Dispatch, who just endorsed Johnson call him a man of “honesty,” who is “seemingly normal personality” and of “truthful character.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the paper’s editorial board mentioned, “Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump comes even close to the fundamental moral and professional ethics we want any American president to acquire. By chance, there is sensible — and challenging — out of the ordinary individual in the making.”
This out-of-the-ordinary individual is Libertarian Johnson. The Times-Dispatch believes he is the right man for the job. Back in 2012, they endorsed Mitt Romney and four years before that in 2008 it was John McCain. However, in this election, the editorial board was advised not to support the two major-party candidates. Instead, they would support Johnson, the new maverick magnet.
His magnetism appears to be alluring, especially with the wide array of support behind him, he has managed to warm the hearts of many across the nation in just a short matter of time.
However, Johnson is not a rookie in the world of politics. He entered politics in 1994 with his eyes set on becoming governor. He not only achieved this but ran again in 1998, for re-election as governor defeating Democratic Mayor of Albuquerque, Martin Chavez.
With a huge Hispanic population backing Chavez, who was a strong Hispanic runner in a state that was 40percent Hispanic, Johnson was expected to lose. However, he had a secret weapon which was promising to carry on the plans of his first term: refining schools; reducing state expenditure, taxes, and administration; and regular utilization of his veto power. His surprise weapon worked, and Johnson won by an edge of 55 to 45 percent.
In 2016, Johnson does not have to rely on his resume to get the votes. Apparently, this maverick from New Mexico has a huge following of a younger generation of supporters. However, the support from younger people is not the only backing that Johnson is seeking. He wants the disheartened independent voters that have a problem with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Johnson not only has 70 percent of supporters of the 50-year age group and younger but as stated by the Pew poll, has the backing of 10 percent of enrolled voters, after being on the ballot for every one of the 50 states.
Unlike, Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, Johnson’s alliance is very diverse with 13 percent being Latino and Black. It is quite the opposite in the Trump camp were minorities barely make up 6 percent.
Women appear to be fond of Johnson with 52 percent backing him. However, it cannot be said the same for Trump with 42 percent as his supporters.
When it comes to being a pioneer, he does not appear to be intimidated with taking a stand. Johnson is the only presidential runner who supports the Trans-Pacific Alliance. He sponsors important reductions in defense expenses plus he is not a fan of the government regulating Medicare and Medicaid. He believes it should be the responsibility of the state.
With that said, this new magnetic maverick from New Mexico does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon and in fact, he is just getting warmed up. Winning his first newspaper endorsement is just the start as this Libertarian attempts to persuade the nation that he is the most skilled and proper candidate campaigning for 2016.
By Jomo Merritt
Edited by Cathy Milne
The New York Times: Libertarian Gary Johnson Polls at 10 Percent. Who Are his Supporters?
Los Angeles Times: Campaign 2016 updates: Trump’s problems with suburban voters hinder his ascent
The Washington Times: Gary Johnson ads seek 15% poll support for Libertarian voice in debates
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