Gary Johnson: Less Government the Solution?
Gov. Gary Johnson explains why he is running for president
- Duration 5:55
- Date Jun 7, 2011
Gov. Gary Johnson explains why he is running for president
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Welcome back everybody he wants to be your next president he's a two term governor.
Lot of experience in running a state how about running our nation Gary Johnson is joining me now.
And he's got -- -- When another cable network.
My producer will tell me whether I could say which one it's certainly not this one they will not let you participate in a debate next week why.
You know I.
When that when this whole process for first of all I wouldn't be running for president of United States I didn't think I could do his job and if I didn't think I could do a good job at it.
And to be a part of this process you have to have a resonate and I have -- -- Mac.
I started a one man handyman business and Albuquerque in 1974.
And actually grew to a thousand employees over a twenty year period -- -- there's -- -- isn't it also and I ran the -- also not in -- deficit situation well I would argue that maybe I was fiscally the most conservative governor in the entire country based on the number of Ito's that I would have -- rendered as governor of New Mexico writes.
So here's my question what are the requirements to participate in that debate so that.
More people in our country could hear your thoughts on what you would do if you -- president what are the requirements.
That you're being told you have not met.
Well so the requirements and I'm being told that I haven't matter being at 2% of national polling.
Well it turns out when we look at it that about half the polls that they conducted my name wasn't even on the list.
And if you look at 2% really that is really -- -- some hairs there when it comes to 2%.
And what we came to find out was that Clinton was in about the same situation when he ran for president.
So was -- caucus and so was Carter who -- -- at 2% right now that is participating.
Well so Rick Santorum would be yet at at 2% and I just.
This is this is the process I I accept the process but I never and -- really in my wildest dreams didn't think.
That I would be sitting at the table talking about the issues of the day and you have.
Been out there aren't you have been leading this is -- -- I've been out on the road now for sixteen months have probably visited 38 states and I think no matter how you cut it my name is -- all of these lists right now of course -- and an announced candidate for -- president.
What is our margin of error on those polls all the margin of error is greater than in the 2% so really it's -- hairs.
I'm -- -- believer in the system I've always believed in the system I've always felt like have been treated fairly by the system and system you know what.
If -- system just cracks and -- and give me a chance that's all I can ask for but this isn't that this that this is a shut door here.
If they don't.
What options do you have for example -- the debate takes place and you're not part of -- could you issue a statement.
Are -- words on what your position is on the -- out.
Certainly would do that splits it's really and -- participate in live in the upcoming debates I -- participate in the South Carolina debate and the debates that are going forward I've been are given an invitation and will attend.
But this is really elitists.
And it's CNN you can't say it but I can and it's really -- -- Two groups that I -- came out in support of you participating overnight -- I was.
Tracking this overnight -- New Hampshire young Republicans.
Now the young voters interesting and conservative.
And eight conservative gay rights organization.
Also saying that they thought you should participate -- did you see those.
I did in -- of course there were many others to the attack came out which it would just say -- the last twelve to fifteen hour together what could those groups being.
Winning an election do you feel that you are.
Attractive to a core of voters.
That will come out and vote whether you participate in the debate or -- Well yes and I you know of course I'm making outrageous claim that I'm speaking on behalf of the majority of Republicans but I'm putting that to the test.
I'm actually I'm putting my name out there as.
As a potential.
Spokesperson for the Republican Party that Republicans would check often say you have that's the guy I agree with.
I'm not there I'm not argue that.
That the check off ends up being -- name it for the rest of the war for for Republicans may be isn't as indicative is as what they might like so.
Again this is the contest though this is the contest I'm involved in the contest.
I accept the contest except the work and and it and the fun I guess that goes along with that because.
Well you're here so I -- your name is getting out there people are learning more about you how do you differentiate yourself from the other candidates because.
The recent polling shows Mitt Romney is doing.
Probably close to the top of the other candidates -- Donald Trump.
And Governor Huckabee step aside I what do you think your chances.
-- -- I think what the polls are saying overwhelmingly is that we don't like the choices that are out there that's what the polls are saying.
Leaving it on that alternative choice of course I have to be able to present that and by alternative choice.
I think that 60% of Americans describe themselves as fiscally conservative.
And socially liberal.
Now -- that is I really did I wouldn't describe myself as socially liberal I would describe myself as classically liberal.
Which is in essence less government less government.
That that the number one thing that government can do for me as to allow me to be the individual that I am.
And of course the individual that I am goes along with personal responsibility is that I have to have in society I approach.