Who is Gary Johnson? What does Gary Johnson Believe?

Gary Johnson is a former two-term Governor of New Mexico. He is the only real third option for President in the 2016 election against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Learn more about Gary Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld. Weld is also another former two-term Governor of a blue state, Massachusetts.

Who is Gary Johnson? What does Gary Johnson Believe? Purdue President Mitch Daniels had a conversation with Governor Gary Johnson, 2016 Libertarian Presidential candidate that lays it out well. Learn more at his website: johnsonweld.com/

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Who is Gary Johnson?

gary-johnsonGovernor Johnson, who has been referred to as the ‘most fiscally conservative Governor’ in the country, was the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2003.

A successful businessman before running for Governor of New Mexico in 1994, Gary Johnson started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay his way through college. Twenty years later, he had grown that business into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico, with more than 1,000 employees.

Not surprisingly, Governor Johnson brings a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, believing that public policy decisions should be based on costs and benefits rather than strict ideology. Johnson is best known for his veto record, having vetoed more than 750 bills during his time in office — more than all other governors combined. His use of the veto pen has since earned him the nickname “Governor Veto.” He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. When he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget. Term-limited, Johnson retired from public office in 2003.

An avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist, he has scaled the highest peak on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest. In the 2012 presidential election, Johnson placed third and garnered more votes than any other Libertarian candidate in history. Johnson was raised Lutheran. He has two grown children, a daughter Seah and a son Erik, and currently resides in a house he built himself in Taos, New Mexico.

Who is William Weld?

who-is-william-weldBill Weld was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1990 with 51% of the vote, and re-elected in 1994 with 71% of the vote.

While in office, Bill cut taxes 21 times, including a phase out of the long term capital gains tax, and did not permit any tax increases. In 1992 he was rated the most fiscally conservative governor in the United States by the Wall Street Journal. During his first term, the unemployment rate in Massachusetts plummeted from the highest among the eleven industrialized states to the lowest.

Bill championed a work requirement for welfare benefits, resulting in a dramatic decrease in the state welfare budget.
He was an early proponent of civil rights for gays and lesbians, and appointed the judge who wrote the opinion mandating marriage equality as a matter of constitutional right. He was also an outspoken defender of a woman’s right to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy, rather than have the decision made by the government.

As Governor, Bill led 16 trade missions to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, and during the past decade has traveled widely in connection with his international law and business consulting practice.
Earlier Bill served as a federal prosecutor for seven years under President Reagan in Boston and Washington, winning convictions in 110 out of 111 public corruption cases brought by his office.

Bill is the father of eight. He and his wife Leslie Marshall make their home in Massachusetts.

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