There has been speculation about the idea that Governor Gary Johnson would run for President again in 2016. This has been confirmed by R. Scott Moxley at OCWeekly.com’s blog. Apparently both Johnson and Gray have talked about and then agreed to run again in 2016, this time planning their moves far in advance.
Gray, Johnson’s vice presidential running mate, told a crowd this month at Tulane University that the two men have already decided a second run–next time with plenty of planning–is critical to break the stranglehold the two major political parties exercise over failed foreign and domestic policies.
Calling President Barack Obama and Democrats “financially irresponsible” and Mitt Romney and Republicans “socially intolerant,” Gray predicted voters will warm to Libertarian ideas as a route to escape present day “bipolar politics.”
After being locked out of the four presidential and vice presidential debates, Johnson–a former popular Republican governor of New Mexico and outspoken advocate of reducing the size and power of the federal government–won six percent of the vote in a recent national poll.
Gray is urging California residents not to waste their votes on Romney because Obama will undoubtedly win the state and its 55-member electoral college delegation. Instead, he is arguing that voters can buy real future change by supporting his party’s ticket, which might qualify for 2016 federal matching funds (and thus easier state by state ballot access) if Johnson nabs at least five percent of the nationwide vote next month.
Gary Johnson and Jim Gray immediately become the front-runners for the nomination in 2016.