Grover Norquist to Join Gov. Gary Johnson for On-line Town Hall Tonight

From an e-mail:

ATR PRESIDENT GROVER NORQUIST TO JOIN GOV. GARY JOHNSON FOR ON-LINE TOWN HALL TONIGHT

Grover Norquist, President of  the taxpayer advocacy organization,  Americans for Tax Reform,  will join Governor Johnson for an online Town Hall tonight, Monday,  March 19,  at 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST.  


During the Town Hall, which will last approximately an hour, Norquist and Governor Johnson will respond to questions from participants who log on to www.garyjohnson2012.com.  

Announcing the Town Hall, Johnson said, “Grover Norquist stands apart as one of  America’s  single most effective and influential advocates for low taxes and common sense fiscal policy.  I appreciate his taking the time tonight to join me for what I hope will be a robust and lively discussion of the issues. “

Anyone wishing to watch or participate in tonight’s online Town Hall can do so by simply going to www.garyjohnson2012.com

34 thoughts on “Grover Norquist to Join Gov. Gary Johnson for On-line Town Hall Tonight

  1. Robert Capozzi

    RP 1, in what sense? Seeking compliance with GN’s tax pledge?

    I met GN back in the day, and I seem to recall he considered himself lowercase L then, and probably still does on some level. Not a legalize bestiality, nuke in every home L, to be sure.

    He is the dude who said: “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”

    Clearly he’s a heretic! ;-)

  2. Trent Hill

    “Norquist playing nice with Johnson could be seen as a shot across the bow for the future GOP nominee.”

    I’d say it is. I could see Norquist endorsing if Santorum won.

  3. Thane Eichenauer

    @5
    If he bought it and it became defunct that isn’t any different than hundreds of other web sites. Today it is a page of advertising links.

    Norquist and Johnson both did a fine job of answering questions. I am still not going to start boostering the Fair Tax but I don’t deny that Johnson has done his homework on the topic. Several other tax related questions were posed. Johnson answered them all fully and respectfully.

  4. Thane Eichenauer

    @10
    I did go and look. I have a reasonable amount of faith that no malware site stays at any fixed URL for long.
    @11
    There were no questions or answers that included Syria or Africa.

  5. Robert Capozzi

    Hosting a townhall for GJ gets very close to an endorsement. The previous hosts were de novo endorsers if not de jure.

    This is actually a big deal.

  6. Thane Eichenauer

    Gary Johnson hosting a online town hall with Grover Norquist as guest is IMO nothing more than Grover Norquist being invited to be on the Gary Johnson show. Other guests may support Gary Johnson to a greater or lesser degree. Gary Johnson and his previous guests all support more freedom and less government so I don’t see any problem with claiming all parties endorse much more freedom than is currently permitted.

    I don’t see his appearance as a big deal. They both answered questions that an interested public wanted answered. I got to see Gary Johnson live and in color which certainly helps him a bit when it comes to the issues which concern me (Fair Tax ugh!)

  7. Dan Ciammaichella

    It was bad enough to see Gary cozying up to that nut named Root, but now Grover Norquist? Way to turn off people like me, who would normally be one of his biggest supporters. Politics is indeed a dirty game.

  8. Paulie

    RC19, Here are some issue oriented headlines from Gary Johnson’s blog since he switched to LP.

    Hopefully he will find nationally recognized figures known for their leadership on those issues (much as Norquist is on the tax issue) to do town halls with him.

    Some of the headlines are all-caps; that is the way they are posted on his blog. As far as I know it did not mean that he or his campaign thought they were more important, and the emphasis is not mine.

    ===========

    Gary Johnson is pursuing many of the same goals as Ron Paul

    It Is Past Time To Bring Them Home!

    …Marijuana Use Should Be Legal

    Romney & Santorum: My fence will be bigger than your fence (p: Johnson is taking the pro-migration rights side here)

    GARY JOHNSON ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION
    (for it)

    Presidential Candidate Concerned Over U.S. Drone Program Within America

    GOV. GARY JOHNSON: 30,000 DRONES OVER THE U.S.

    GOVERNOR GARY JOHNSON APPLAUDS 9TH CIRCUIT RULING THAT CALIFORNIA’S GAY MARRIAGE BAN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    GARY JOHNSON BRAVES THE ACLU

    GOVERNOR GARY JOHNSON: REPEAL PATRIOT ACT NOW

    It’s Time To End The Failed War On Drugs

    GOV. GARY JOHNSON: GINGRICH WOULD HAVE TAKEN WAR ON DRUGS TO A LETHAL LEVEL

    SOPA / PIPA PROTESTS: GETTING CONGRESS’ ATTENTION

    GARY JOHNSON TALKS MARIJUANA REFORM

    GOV. GARY JOHNSON ASSAILS SANTORUM AND OBAMA ON GAY MARRIAGE

    GOVERNOR GARY JOHNSON TOPS OBAMA, PAUL ON ACLU CONSTITUTIONAL REPORT CARD

    GOVERNOR GARY JOHNSON ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR GAY MARRIAGE

  9. ATBAFT

    Gosh, Paulie, GJ sounds like a heretic! The LP
    needs some pure libertarian (whatever that is) no-name to be our candidate. That way, we don’t have to be bothered with any pesky media
    when he comes to town to speak to the five or ten libertarians who might show up for a fund-raiser.
    Seriously, GJ is the best guy (or gal) to come to town, stand next to the local and state libertarian candidates and get some serious media coverage that may (if the locals don’t blow it) attract new members to the Party. I don’t see any growth occurring at all – and that essentially means no future for the LP – unless
    we get behind GJ this time and work our asses off
    (not abandon him or be abandoned by him a la
    Barr).

  10. Robert Capozzi

    P, that’d be wonderful. Except for GN, GP’s hosts have been LP figures. It’s rather extraordinary that GN did this, given his status as a GOP power broker.

    Comparable figures would be nice, but it’s a tough sell. DC seems to think GJ should have turned down the opportunity. Can’t say I’d agree.

  11. Chuck Moulton

    Norquist is pretty libertarian. He’s good on the social issues as well as the economic issues. For example, he’s on the advisory council of GOProud and has spoken out on civil liberties issues such as opposing a national ID card.

  12. Trent Hill

    Norquist is also quite against the anti-Muslim bigotry that swept the country in the form of the anti-Mosque debate last year.

  13. Common Tater

    @22

    Marijuana legalization shouldn’t be too hard.

    The others. Well, hopefully he’s looking around and asking people.

  14. Gene Berkman

    Grover Norquist taking part in a townhall with Gary Johnson just means he respects the fact that Libertarians are anti-tax. Norquist is good on most issues, and he calls for cutting government as well as cutting taxes.

    But he still supports Republicans who vote for expanding government, if they don’t also favor hiking taxes to pay for it.

    In 1996 (I believe; it could have been 2000) Grover Norquist spoke at the Libertarian National Convention, and he praised Harry Browne. But he still backed the Republican ticket.

    So it is a good thing that a prominent tax opponent is willing to do an event with Gary Johnson, but it does not mean that Norquist is either quitting the Republican Party nor that he is backing Gary Johnson in November.

  15. Gene Berkman

    Also, Chuck @ 23 is correct. Grover Norquist did work with the ACLU in putting together a coalition to protect rights after Bush began his war on terror.

    Also, Grover Norquist is married to a Muslim, and has advocated conservative outreach to American Muslims. David Horowitz and others have attacked him on this issue.

  16. Gene Berkman

    One more thing. Grover Norquist spoke at Ron Paul’s Rally for the Republic in 2008. I did not see all the speeches, but Grover was the most boring speaker I did see.

  17. Derek

    Gary has hosted many TownHalls in the past few months. He’s had co-hosts representing law, marijuana, gay equality, each of 5 regions of the US, business and education, taxes, and one for immigration with technical difficulties, along with several free-form pairings.

    Archives can be found at http://www.yowie.com Just be ready for a bit of digging; yowie’s search is wonky.

  18. Tom Blanton

    Grover Norquist’s strategy of starving the government has proven to be a failure, unless you are Grover Norquist.

    He’s not enough of a libertarian to think that spending is the problem. I suppose he hasn’t noticed that the Republicans he has supported for so many years increase government spending no matter how much they cut taxes.

    I would suggest that if Grover Norquist is pandering to libertarians, it is because he wants them to send him some money. Judging by some of the comments in this thread, he has proven that there are libertarian suckers born every minute.

  19. Robert Capozzi

    31 tb: …if Grover Norquist is pandering to libertarians…

    me: Is GN pandering or not? Speaking with Ls doesn’t seem like pandering to me.

  20. paulie

    Norquist is more prominent than the people Johnson has found to advocate for his many civil liberties positions, but it does appear that Johnson is making an effort to find supporters/surrogates to represent all those issues.

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