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Old 12th July 2011, 08:08 AM   #1
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Gary Johnson shows the better side of being a GOP Presidential candidate

This article caught my eye.
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The freedoms that our forefathers fought for in this country are sacred and must be preserved. The Republican Party cannot be sidetracked into discussing these morally judgmental issues — such a discussion is simply wrongheaded. We need to maintain our position as the party of efficient government management and the watchdogs of the “public’s pocket book.”

This "pledge" is nothing short of a promise to discriminate against everyone who makes a personal choice that doesn’t fit into a particular definition of "virtue."
Well done, Mr. Johnson. I'm very impressed and refreshed to see this viewpoint has not been completely extinguished from the GOP.

I don't like all his stances on various issues, namely this and this, but based on my limited research into the guy, he's someone who could maybe give Obama a good run for his money in the next election. It's a shame he's not likely to get his party's nomination.
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Old 12th July 2011, 09:24 AM   #2
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He's a strong libertarian and gets compared to Ron Paul a lot (some say he is more libertarian than Paul). So he is more neutral on social issues than other GOP candidates.

According to a Huffington Post article, he wants to repeal Obama's health care legislation. He also said he would bring spending down by raising the retirement age and making other changes to Social Security and reducing spending on defense, Medicare and Medicaid by 43 percent each. The latter two programs would become block grants controlled by the states. He also supports legalizing marijuana as a way to eliminate much of the violence along the Mexico border.

According to this article from the Washington Examiner, he wants to eliminate the Department of Education. On trade and economics, he opposes tariffs and other government interventions. He thinks that the Department of Commerce "might be a good one to eliminate." He opposes stimulus spending and bailouts, and said that the banks should have been allowed to fail.

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Old 12th July 2011, 09:30 AM   #3
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I'm not saying he doesn't have problems. I'm just saying he's better on some issues.
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Old 12th July 2011, 09:42 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Upchurch View Post
I'm not saying he doesn't have problems. I'm just saying he's better on some issues.
Yes, but considering that Bri posted, it's pretty sad, he is consider the more reasonable GOP candidate.
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Old 12th July 2011, 09:51 AM   #5
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I'm not saying he doesn't have problems. I'm just saying he's better on some issues.
Sure, well any libertarian would be better on social issues if you believe that the government should stay out of social issues.

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