- The Washington Times - Monday, May 2, 2016

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is running for president as a Libertarian, just as he did 2012 when he managed to get 1.2 million votes. Regardless of his chances of a win, Mr. Johnson remains in fighting form, reaching out to undecided GOP voters who are intrigued by third-party options and are unconvinced that Donald Trump is the answer.

“The press used to call me the most fiscally responsible governor in America. That’s because I felt it was my sacred duty to protect your tax money. Now that Donald Trump has taken advantage of a broken and divided GOP, I am going to be the only presidential candidate who will stop Congress from raising taxes, who supports free trade and who stands up for you,” Mr. Johnson says in a new campaign video.

“I left my state with a billion-dollar surplus. We got the school roads and health care that my state wanted but without raising taxes. Look, I can’t support Trump. You can’t either. We can fight for small government and conservative values. Just Google Gary Johnson and find out,” the jaunty Mr. Johnson advises.

Will he be the official Libertarian nominee for president once again? Interested voters will know in a matter of weeks. Though 16 Libertarians have officially declared their intent to run for the White House, Mr. Johnson is considered the likely choice by many party members, though he has had considerable pushback from IT entrepreneur John McAfee and online publisher and activist Austin Petersen.

The trio appeared in two recent presidential debates on the Fox Business Network.

Those interested in third-party options will soon get some clarity. The Libertarian Party will reveal the chosen presidential nominee during its national convention at the end of the month. The theme of the event: “Legalize freedom.”

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