Former Republican presidential hopeful Gary Johnson (photo), the popular two-term Governor of New Mexico, officially announced this week that he would be dropping out of the GOP race to seek the Libertarian Party nomination. “I am excited. I am liberated. And I am committed to shaking the system as it has never been shaken before,” he said in his announcement.
The news led to a mixed reaction among analysts. Some Republicans publicly expressed fears that the liberty-minded Johnson could peel away crucial voters from the GOP in the general election, possibly helping Obama’s reelection campaign. But Johnson does not see it that way. In an effort to address those concerns, he declared:
For those who say my decision to run as the Libertarian Party candidate will only draw votes from the Republicans and re-elect President Obama let me predict that, as my full platform based on freedom becomes known, my candidacy will draw votes from both the Republicans and Democrats and many, many independents,” he said in an effort to address those concerns.
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