Gary Johnson

Maybe Gary Johnson Can Get Married Now
Libertarian presidential candidate has been engaged since 2009

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, shown campaigning in Utah in August, is too busy traveling to get married, his fiancee has said. (George Frey/Getty Images file photo)

As his presidential campaign flounders, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson will have more time to not marry his fiancee of seven years. 

After entering the race as a popular third-party alternative to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Johnson’s campaign has been plagued by missteps. His most recent came in an interview with The Guardian when he got into a shouting match with a reporter.

Letting Gary Johnson Debate Is Simply Too Risky
Cluttering up the debate stage could let Trump go unchallenged

Given the high stakes in this year's election, adding Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson to the presidential debates is too much of a risk, writes Walter Shapiro. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday that the Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson failed to qualify for the first debate on Sept. 26 because his polling numbers were below the 15-percent threshold. According to the five polls used by the commission, Johnson averaged 8.4 percent support.

What this means is that Johnson becomes the most popular presidential contender in modern history not to have his own lectern on the debate stage.

Libertarians Struggling to Get Johnson on Ohio Ballot
Success could affect who wins traditional battleground state

Libertarian Gary Johnson could peel conservative votes away from Republican Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Libertarians are struggling to get former Gov. Gary Johnson's name on the ballot in Ohio because the Libertarian Party is not recognized in the battleground state.

The challenge also comes from the party attempting a name-swapping effort where Charlie Earl, who ran for governor as a libertarian, will appear on the ballot as a stand-in and Johnson will replace him when the state elections chief clears the petitions filed to get candidates on the ballot.

Libertarian Johnson Pushes National Sales Tax to Woo Republicans
Replacing income tax with 28% levy could draw some defectors

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is hoping a proposed consumption tax will win over uncommitted Republican politicians and donors. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has appealed for support from undecided Republicans by promoting a national sales tax plan that resembles a proposal backed by dozens of conservatives in Congress.

The former two-term governor of New Mexico is touting as a top fiscal priority a plan similar to a national sales tax bill sponsored by Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., with 73 co-sponsors. Johnson made clear in an interview with the Los Angeles Times published Aug. 1 that he hoped his sales tax plan would attract voters and entice endorsements from uncommitted GOP elected officials and donors.

Libertarian Gary Johnson Scores First Congressional Endorsement
Retiring Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump

Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., is the first member of Congress to back Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Virginia Republican Scott Rigell is backing the Libertarian candidate for president, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, he told the New York Times .   

He's the first member of Congress to back Johnson, who's running with former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld.   

Gary Johnson Fine With Playing Spoiler, Envisions More
“Give us a chance and we will make a difference,” says Libertarian nominee

Libertarian vice presidential nominee Gov. Bill Weld, left, and returning presidential nominee Gov. Gary Johnson, center, at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico turned Libertarian Party nominee for president, has no qualms about possibly costing either of the major parties the White House this fall.  

“I will lose no sleep if that is the label given to me,” Johnson assured those gathered at the National Press Club on Thursday when asked about potentially inheriting the “spoiler” mantle from previous third-party challengers Ross Perot and Ralph Nader.  

Rating Change: Utah No Longer Safe for Donald Trump
Presumptive GOP nominee has fundamental disconnect with Mormon voters

Opponents and supporters of Donald Trump confront each other outside the Infinity Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Trump spoke at a campaign rally in March. (George Frey/Getty Images File Photo)

President Barack Obama fell just short of 25 percent of the vote in Utah in the 2012 presidential election, but Donald Trump can’t take the Beehive State for granted this November.  

A June 2-8 poll by SurveyUSA for The Salt Lake Tribune showed Trump and Clinton tied at 35 percent, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson at 13 percent. It’s wise to avoid drastic conclusions based on a single poll (and an automated one at that), but there are other reasons for Trump to be concerned.  

Republicans Need Gary Johnson to Save the Senate
Libertarian candidate needs to poll at least 15 percent to qualify for first debate

On Sept. 26, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off in Dayton, Ohio, for what's anticipated to be the most-watched presidential debate in history. Republicans need Gary Johnson to be on the stage.  

Normally, both parties try to marginalize third-party candidates and keep them from getting publicity in order to prevent them from siphoning off supporters. But some Republicans just can’t vote for Trump (or Clinton) for president, yet vulnerable GOP Members need those voters to turn out for races down the ballot.  

Most Americans Ask: Who is Gary Johnson?
New poll shows only 6 percent believe Libertarian candidate could win

Most Americans have never heard of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson , and very few believe he can capture the White House this fall, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll .  

Only 6 percent of those surveyed believe Johnson “could possibly win” a race that likely will pit him against Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton . And 55 percent of respondents say they have never even heard of the former New Mexico GOP governor.  

Libertarian Johnson a Wild Card in Already Wild Presidential Race
Clinton, Trump's high unfavorables leave opening for ex-New Mexico governor

Two days into his official presidential campaign, newly nominated Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is already presenting himself as a potential dark horse candidate in what has been a hugely unpredictable election year.   

Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, said in a CNN interview Tuesday that his campaign would offer "the best of both worlds" between two unusually unpopular rivals . He also promised to campaign hard against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, a vow he sealed by blowing a kiss.