I am Gov. Gary Johnson. I am the founder and Honorary Chairman of Our America Initiative. I was the Libertarian candidate for President of the United States in 2012, and the two-term Governor of New Mexico from 1995 - 2003.

Here is proof that this is me: https://twitter.com/GovGaryJohnson I've been referred to as the 'most fiscally conservative Governor' in the country, and vetoed so many bills that I earned the nickname "Governor Veto." I believe that individual freedom and liberty should be preserved, not diminished, by government.

I'm also an avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist. I have currently reached the highest peaks on six of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.

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TheSysAdmin472 karma

Let's skip the pleasantries and ask the question everyone wants to know the answer to. Will you be running for president in 2016? If not, who do you like?

GovGaryJohnson687 karma

I hope to be able to run in 2016.

seis_cuerdas223 karma

Which party? Libertarian or republican?

GovGaryJohnson950 karma

I would love running as a Libertarian because I would have the least amount of explaining to do.

serverError404422 karma

Governor Johnson, how can you be taken seriously as a libertarian if you supported sending troops into Uganda to go after Kony?

GovGaryJohnson416 karma

Initially, I frankly botched my initial reaction, but my further response was that letters of marque and reprisal may be a better means of dealing with Kony.


Gov. Johnson, do you think there is a legitimate way to make higher education, ie. college, more affordable for students?

And if you become president could you please eliminate my student loans? Hahaha (kinda serious, yet understand the potential "no")

Thanks for being here and if you are on the ticket you have my vote!

GovGaryJohnson393 karma

Eliminating guaranteed government student loans would make a quantum leap toward reducing college costs.

GovGaryJohnson178 karma

I would like say that, when I summited Everest, I summited with Mingma Sherpa, who was one of those who died in this recent tragedy. My thoughts are with him and the others. Thank you all for your questions, and I'll see you next time!

kevin82598 karma

Hi Gov Johnson, we met at your Mississippi event a few weeks ago. I believe we talked about seat-belt laws.

Ending the war on drugs is a very important step, but what do you feel should be done with the people who will lose jobs afterwards? How do we avoid putting the DEA agents out on the streets?

GovGaryJohnson325 karma

Let's unemploy the DEA. They'll just have to find something else to do. Same with a lot of prison guards, judges and lawyers.

sherryheim96 karma

A little NM local chat: Has there been any final decisions on the Taos Ski Valley raid or did it just die a quiet and painless death? Are you or OAI involved with finding out who was responsible? I have not seen anything about it in the Abq. Journal since you took a stand against the actions. What are your thoughts on the ABQ Police Dept and their killing spree?

GovGaryJohnson111 karma

They are conducting a full-blown investigation, in which I participated, and the results should be coming soon. I am aghast at what is happening with the ABQ police and all the shootings. But the problem is not just in ABQ.

SugarPistils87 karma


GovGaryJohnson210 karma

Since 1999, I have advocated legalizing marijuana. My favorite city is Taos, where I live.

GovGaryJohnson75 karma

We have not yet made endorsements for the Nov. midterm, but will be soon. And yes, we can endorse candidates from any party, provided he or she truly supports individual freedom and fiscal conservatism

Thurgood_Marshall47 karma

Do you actually believe that America is a color-blind nation?

GovGaryJohnson69 karma

No, I don't believe America is color-blind.