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article imageGary Johnson: Writing Ron Paul in would be 'meaningless'

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By Andrew Moran
Sep 27, 2012 in Politics
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Santa Fe - Former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson held his second Reddit "Ask Me Anything" Q&A. In one of his answers, he noted that writing in Ron Paul's name in November would be "meaningless."
In a response to a topic on foreign interventionism, Gary Johnson, who has recently filed an anti-trust lawsuit to get into the presidential debates, told his Reddit Q&A online attendees that supporting retiring Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul in November would be a waste of a vote.
“As much as I support Ron Paul, I think writing in his name will effectively be meaningless,” wrote Johnson on Wednesday. His remarks imply that writing in Paul on the ballot would make little difference compared to voting for a third party, like the Libertarian Party candidate.
Even though Johnson, a former two-term governor, who ran under the GOP in the early stages of the primaries, adheres to many of the political stances of Dr. Paul, but Johnson’s remarks could be viewed as off-putting to many diehard Paul supporters and members of the freedom movement.
Following his comment, there was some discussion on Reddit about how wasting a vote is supporting someone you don’t believe in.
“You just said the only wasteful vote was a vote for someone you don't believe in. Wouldn't this hold true to those wishing to write in Ron Paul? I won't write him in but this seems odd,” wrote one person in attendance.
According to a Reason-Rupe poll, Johnson is garnering six percent support. Although Johnson is being viewed in the mainstream media as the spoiler for former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the polls show that Johnson takes votes away from both Romney and President Barack Obama.
Johnson’s next step on the campaign trail is Louisiana when he delivers a speech at Louisiana State University. On Tuesday, he will hold an online town hall meeting and two days later he will speak at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
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