Gary Johnson Talks Marijuana Legalization on the Colbert Report

I keep hearing rumors that former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is going to run for President. And if his campaign sounds anything like last night's Colbert appearance, the other republican candidates better start practicing their anti-pot propaganda:
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cGary Johnsonwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorFox News
He should turn this into a campaign ad. If Johnson is able to pick up where Ron Paul left off, while picking up some new folks as well, we could see a heated and potentially consequential drug policy debate happen in the republican primaries. The possibility of a Johnson candidacy is huge for a few reasons:

1. He's a badass who came out for legalization while in office many years ago and has significant comfort and experience debating drug policy.
2. He's extremely popular with libertarians, who can use their massive web presence to fund and promote him.
3. The media's recent fascination with marijuana legalization will bring more attention to his candidacy.
4. There's a general sense that the likely republican candidates all suck horribly, thereby creating more room for Johnson to shine.
5. There won't be an Obama/Clinton war eating up half the press coverage, so the republican primaries will get twice the exposure we saw in '08.

Of course, for a variety of legal and practical reasons, we don't endorse candidates. And he's not even officially running yet. I'm just saying this promises to be an awesome situation that I'm sure we'll be talking about a great deal in the future. The fact that Johnson is already preaching legalization on the Colbert Report -- before even declaring his candidacy -- is a great sign in terms of the kind of press he can get and the kind of things he's likely to say.

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After Ron Paul lost

(or was sidelined by vote counters deliberately ignoring votes for him) in the primaries, I swore I'd never vote for a Republican, ever again (I never had voted for any Republican prior to RP, either, I always voted only for Libertarians). I will happily break that promise to myself if Gary Johnson does indeed declare himself to be a Republican candidate for the presidency.

I'm pro-choice on EVERYTHING!

Wow...but, not that I could see something like this was coming.

This is very interesting to say the least.

First, we've got Ron Paul.

Second, we've got Gary Johnson.

Both are REP's.

If anything, both Ron and Gary should be combining forces. I think they would both compliment the other and gain strength from each other.

Having 2 REP's with some very "libertarian" ideas/values is a good start in getting the Republican Party to open their minds up a little.

I'm not exactly sure what my point is....

Perhaps

your point is a Johnson/Paul or Paul/Johnson combo for the Republican presidential ticket? I'd vote for that either way.

I'm pro-choice on EVERYTHING!

More Information on Gary Johnson

If anyone has a moment, I suggest that you go look for more information on Gary Johnson –
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gary-Johnson-Our-America/165297924363

He recently formed the Our America Initiative (http://ouramericainitiative.com) to speak about his views in regards to limited government and freedom. He has been an outspoken advocate for efficient government, lower taxes, and protection of civil liberties, revitalization of the economy and promoting entrepreneurship and privatization.

He is the type of leader that I think we need right now. I’ve already expressed my support and I hope that others will do the same.

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