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Former Republican Governor of New Mexico has declared his candidacy for the President of the United States. In browsing the internet, we can find that he is libertarian in many of his views...small government, cut taxes, get out of Afghanistan and Iraq. But he also has been a strong advocate for legalizing marijuana, and is pro-choice, something that might appeal to some liberals.
Perhaps more contentious is his views on where budgets should be cut. From Debra Saunders, Real Clear Politics, Gary Johnson's Plate of Choice Cuts, January 19, 2011:
Johnson's not talking about cutting around the edges, or just getting rid of the handy trilogy of "waste, fraud and abuse." He proposes slashing Uncle Sam's most popular programs: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the defense budget. He has talked about raising the retirement age to 70 or 72. He wants to end federal health care mandates and replace Medicaid with block grants to states.
Does he want to repeal Obamacare?
Sure, but first he suggests Congress repeal the Bush Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. "I was embarrassed," he noted, at the Bush plan, because it added to the federal deficit. "I've witnessed both parties and their ability to spend."
The Our America initiative seeks to "enlighten" the public on "civil liberties, free enterprise, limited government, and traditional American values."
Johnson sees himself as the Republican best positioned to put a "voice to the national outrage over being bankrupt" -- and the candidate best positioned to deliver on tea party demands for a balanced budget. Or, as he put it, he is "serving up a plateful of truth."
Sounds a little bit like a Tea Partier but without his religion badge on his shoulder...