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NICK GILLESPIE: Earlier this week, you suggested you were in favor of a carbon tax or fee. Yesterday, at a rally in New Hampshire (video here), you said you were against it. What is your position on carbon taxes?

GARY JOHNSON: [A carbon tax] sounds good in theory, but it wouldn't work in practice. I never called it a tax. I called it a fee. As it was presented to me, this was the way to reduce carbon and actually reduce costs to reduce carbon. Under that premise—lower costs, better outcomes—you can always count on me to support that [sort of] notion. In theory it sounds good, but the reality is that it's really complex and it won't really accomplish that. So, no support for a carbon fee. I never raised one penny of tax as governor of New Mexico, not one cent in any area. Taxes to me are like a death plague.

GILLESPIE: You do believe that climate change is happening and that human activity adds to it. Does that mean it is an issue that should be addressed by government policy?

JOHNSON: Well, I'll agree with the first two, but I'm a skeptic that government policy can address this. The United States contributes 16 percent of the contribution of carbon in the world…

GILLESPIE: So you would be against the United States unilaterally making any kind of move that puts a huge economic disadvantage that also wouldn't really mitigate carbon?

JOHNSON: If there is any way we can address this issue without the loss of U.S. jobs, my ears are open.

GILLESPIE: Let's talk about vaccines. There are no federal laws mandating vaccines, and that's how it should be, as far as you're concerned.

JOHNSON: Yes.

GILLESPIE: Various states treat vaccines differently, and you're not wild about the range of individual choice and opt-out provisions, but you do believe it's a state-level decision—or certainly that it's not a federal-level decision.

JOHNSON: Right.

GILLESPIE: There are people who say vaccines cause autism [and other problems] or that vaccines don't work. Are you in that camp?

JOHNSON: No, I chose to have my children vaccinated. I understand all the concerns that some people have, but for me personally, I made a decision to have my children vaccinated. I want people to make decisions and I believe in [opt-outs]. With the exception of a few states, everyone has an opt-out. But I also want to say that, as president of the United States, if I am confronted with a zombie apocalypse that will happen unless the total herd is totally immunized, I will support [mandatory vaccinations].

GILLESPIE: Yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave a speech in which she explicitly said that Donald Trump was racist and that he has brought a racist presence into the Republican Party. A year ago, you told Reason something very similar.You said Trump's comments about Mexicans and his views on immigration were racist. Do you agree with Hillary Clinton that Donald Trump is a racist?

JOHNSON: Well, if it walks like a duck, if it talks like a duck, it's a duck.

GILLESPIE: As a former Republican governor, how does that make you feel about the current state of the GOP?

JOHNSON: It makes me feel like I think more than half of Republicans feel: This is not representative of Republicans.

GILLESPIE: Do you think the Republican Party is going to be permanently damaged by Donald Trump's candidacy?

JOHNSON: I do.

GILLESPIE: What do you think of his recent appeals to black voters? He's been saying to African Americans that the Democratic Party hasn't really helped them much. That everything in their lives has gotten worse under Barack Obama and that Hillary Clinton is not their champion. Do you agree with Trump that Democratic Party policies haven't really benefited the black community?

JOHNSON: I do. Both parties are engaged in pandering. The libertarian approach—equal opportunity—isn't that what you really want? But I'd argue that equal opportunity currently does not exist.

GILLESPIE: How does it not exist, and what policies would you enact to make it a reality? Is it a question of ending a drug war that disproportionately impacts blacks, promoting school choice so they can escape chronically bad schools, and ending minimum-wage laws that price low-skilled workers out of getting their first jobs?

JOHNSON: All of what you just mentioned. Let me offer up a story. I was on Fox News' The Five a couple of days ago with Eric Bolling. I made the statement that "black lives matter" and Eric chimed in to say, "All lives matter." It's not a criticism of him, it's just indicative of the conversation [about race and politics]. I said, "Yes, all lives do matter, but blacks are getting shot at the rate of six times that whites are. If you're of color and you're arrested, there's a four times greater likelihood that you'll go to jail than if you're white. Eric said, "Blacks commit eight times the crime." My answer was little muddied, but I think I got to my point. Yes, blacks are being arrested, they are being charged, and they are being convicted at eight times the rate of whites. If that same scrutiny were applied to you and I as whites, we would have those same results. That's the awareness [of unequal treatment] that doesn't currently exist.

GILLESPIE: The set of ideas, mind-sets, and positions that your campaign is putting out there doesn't have a home in contemporary Republican and Democratic politics. The way things are is that if you're against the minimum wage because you think it hurts unskilled workers, you've got to be a conservative. But then you're saying, "I care about blacks and they are having a tougher time in America than whites." So then you must be on the left. Do you feel the framework you and Bill Weld are presenting is getting through? Is it changing the way people think about politics?

JOHNSON: I think we're getting through in a huge way. Between Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, we've got a reach of 300 million. We had a rally the other night in Vermont, and there was a crowd of 300 or 400 people, very enthusiastic people. Our Facebook Live stream of the rally got 300,000 views on Facebook Live in two hours. 300,000!Clearly there's an appetite for what we're talking about. Bill Weld says this all the time: We are two former Republican governors who served in heavily Democratic states. What that meant is that we pissed everybody off, and because we pissed everybody off, we both got re-elected by bigger margins. We pissed off the left, we pissed off the right, but really where we came down was right in the middle. Where we came down on was right where everybody is, right where the majority of people are at.

GILLESPIE: A writer at the conservative website The Federalist recently said that your embrace of a carbon tax clearly meant you are "a left-wing candidate." Do you consider yourself a left-winger?

JOHNSON: Well, no. But you know, tomorrow you will see an article that says this guy is a right-wing radical. Bravo.

GILLESPIE: Let's talk about your stance on religious-liberty issues, which has angered a lot people on the right and many libertarians. Your position is that you essentially want to extend anti-discrimination protections for race and gender to cover sexual orientation when it comes to businesses that are open to the public. Yet you support an opt-out for vaccinations. Why not support an opt-out for the religious owner of a business who doesn't want to bake a gay Nazi wedding cake?

JOHNSON: Because it would create a new exemption for discrimination. At the end of the day we're just going to agree to disagree. But you bring me specific legislation dealing with a cake baker not having to decorate a cake for a Nazi and I'll sign it.

GILLESPIE: Let's talk about Hillary Clinton. In response to being called a bigot and a racist by her, Donald Trump said that she was fundamentally not trustworthy. Do you agree with him on that?

JOHNSON: Yes, I agree with him.

GILLESPIE: So you're in a weird position, aren't you? You actually agree with both Hillary and Donald, but you don't think either should be president.

JOHNSON: I agree. I had always surmised that Bill Clinton's speaking fees—which hadn't been highly publicized over the years—were tied to payoffs for what he had done as president. I've always felt that, OK, this is the way of paying him back. What I've come to discover is that it was also access to Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State that was being sold. It's pay-to-play, textbook pay-to-play. That's not right. Having never held political office before [becoming governor], I had no idea of what was possible [in terms of selling access and favors]. For me, it had everything to do with doing the right thing. For me, it had everything to do with analyzing legislation—would this actually improve lives or would it not? If it didn't, I was going to veto it. If it was going to make things better, even incrementally, I signed on to it.

GILLESPIE: Do you have a particular instance that you can point to with Hillary Clinton where she accepted a donation to the Clinton Foundation in regard to this action or this access?

JOHNSON: View the documentary that's online right now: Clinton Cash. The preponderance of what they break down [in the film] clearly shows to me that this was an ongoing activity.

GILLESPIE: You still have a lot of ground to cover to reach 15 percent in the national polls that will get you into the presidential debates. What do you think your odds are at this point?

JOHNSON: We're very optimistic. Our reach on social media is doubling every three weeks right now. That simply means that for the first time people are hearing the name Gary Johnson. In the five polls [being used by theCommission on Presidential Debates], we're smack dab at 10 percent. Not 10.1 percent, not 9 percent, but smack dab at 10 percent. And if you look at those polls six weeks ago, the average would have probably been between 6 percent and 7 percent. Currently, we're on the ballot in 45 states and we have 100 percent belief that we'll be on the ballot in all the states and [the District in Columbia]. This campaign is really a transformation. We showed up in New Hampshire the other day to a big crowd. I ran in the 2012 cycle, and I think I got more media at that event than I got in the entire 2012 cycle. Everything is changed right now from an attention standpoint. Whether or not that means we end up in the debates and getting to make a difference on the stage is still a question. But right now? I'm as optimistic as ever.

GILLESPIE: Thank your for time.

http://reason.com/blog/2016/08/26/gary- ... s-and-mand

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Post Re: Reason interview with Gary Johnson
Thank you for posting that. It clears up the other thread.

Is it just me, or does this article seem slanted toward Johnson? Like the questions seem to lead him to the answer?

I watched this interview and really thought Johnson did very well.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DuT6s5Wcri0

The interviewer (forgot his name, I don't normally watch Fox News) clearly had a different opinion and on several occasions tried to corner Johnson, and I thought Johnson did very well. With the one exception I thought it was a tough but fair interview. (. I HATE it when the media asks someone a question, then talk over the answer to push their point instead of letting the person answer! You asked the friggen question, shut up and listen, and debate your thought when he is done!)

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Is it just me, or does this article seem slanted toward Johnson? Like the questions seem to lead him to the answer?
I thought that too. It is from Reason, the Libertarian website/publication, so that likely explains it.

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It was definitely a "Johnson Friendly" set of questions, but the difference is this guy wants to debate and talk to anyone who listens, why the donald and hillary would prefer to hide and wait this one out.

And I love that he said Zombie Apocalypse in an interview.


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If you're looking for tougher interviews, start with the link I posted. Obviously I was impressed. I watch his stuff all the time, and if you guys would like I can post what I find here.

I like the changes I'm seeing in him as time goes on. I'm seeing much less of his goofy side (and let there be no mistake about it he has one!) and a much stronger civil service presence. I started to like him because he wasn't Trump or Hillary, but I must admit, I really like him for (most of) his stances on the issues.

But let me know if you guys want me to post his interviews that I find here. Give you guys one place to go to keep up with his presidential run, instead of hunting around.

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regularjoe12 wrote:
If you're looking for tougher interviews, start with the link I posted. Obviously I was impressed. I watch his stuff all the time, and if you guys would like I can post what I find here.

I like the changes I'm seeing in him as time goes on. I'm seeing much less of his goofy side (and let there be no mistake about it he has one!) and a much stronger civil service presence. I started to like him because he wasn't Trump or Hillary, but I must admit, I really like him for (most of) his stances on the issues.

But let me know if you guys want me to post his interviews that I find here. Give you guys one place to go to keep up with his presidential run, instead of hunting around.
Go for it. Post as much as you'd like.

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I agree about posting as much as you find.

I like that just as important as his stances, he's willing to say "My opinions may change over time", "Sometimes you have to compromise" etc. As much as diehard Left or Right ppl hate the idea of compromise, we all know its how the world goes round and especially our politics. The fact that both of these guys were Former Repubs, in Democratic States, that earned re-election easily. It tells you they know how to work in discordant systems.


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I agree about posting as much as you find.

I like that just as important as his stances, he's willing to say "My opinions may change over time", "Sometimes you have to compromise" etc. As much as diehard Left or Right ppl hate the idea of compromise, we all know its how the world goes round and especially our politics. The fact that both of these guys were Former Repubs, in Democratic States, that earned re-election easily. It tells you they know how to work in discordant systems.


Personally I like that the both balanced out of whack budgets, without raising taxes once. That's something that neither of the major parties has known how to do for decades. if you just looked at each candidates resume, these two stand head and shoulders above the other 2 numbskulls IMO. But somehow they shouldn't count cuz they don't have a pacaderm or a donkey pic next to their names. It's mind blowing!

After I send the kiddies off for the weekend I'll start putting up what I have watched so far. I'll try my best to put up everything regardless of my own opinion...but will probably throw my 2 cents in on most of them.

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Every Governor that has ever run has passed a balanced budget because it is a requirement of all states. It's not an accomplishment. It's a statement from every state, every year saying they won't spend more than they bring in (That year), yet every year we have states running deficits. It's why the federal government won't promise it. They'd be held responsible for breaking it every year.


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Every Governor that has ever run has passed a balanced budget because it is a requirement of all states. It's not an accomplishment. It's a statement from every state, every year saying they won't spend more than they bring in (That year), yet every year we have states running deficits. It's why the federal government won't promise it. They'd be held responsible for breaking it every year.


The difference is, both Johnson and weld kept to the budget, and brought states that were in deep financial trouble back to prominence (not sure if that's the right word, but you get the gist). Johnson alone vetoed spending bills over 400 times all by himself.

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This one is obviously not serious. Samantha B has her head so far up Hilary's rectum that it's annoying. It also shows how goofy Johnson can be, but I like the fact he says what he thinks is right regardless of his audience. It also goes into some personal accomplishments that are pretty amazing. Plus....I really like the "batshit crazy" comment lol

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hdkznU2IvfU


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Post Re: Reason interview with Gary Johnson
This one starts off serious and ends with me laughing a little bit. Not a tough interview at all, but not one slanted toward Johnson either. Really liked what he said about where to start in dealing with ISIS.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CR4iAOqCnpI


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This is a written interview, about a 5-10 minute read. It's in regards to Johnson ideas for the military, focusing on how he is going to take care of servicemen.

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/m ... r-in-chief

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This one is obviously not serious. Samantha B has her head so far up Hilary's rectum that it's annoying. It also shows how goofy Johnson can be, but I like the fact he says what he thinks is right regardless of his audience. It also goes into some personal accomplishments that are pretty amazing. Plus....I really like the "batshit crazy" comment lol

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hdkznU2IvfU


Just wanted to let you know these are appreciated. I Shared this 1 to FB because I found it that entertaining.


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regularjoe12 wrote:
This one is obviously not serious. Samantha B has her head so far up Hilary's rectum that it's annoying. It also shows how goofy Johnson can be, but I like the fact he says what he thinks is right regardless of his audience. It also goes into some personal accomplishments that are pretty amazing. Plus....I really like the "batshit crazy" comment lol

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hdkznU2IvfU


Just wanted to let you know these are appreciated. I Shared this 1 to FB because I found it that entertaining.


Thanks man! I'm trying to stick to ones with new/different info. A lot of his interviews are all the same info. As I find new stuff I'll keep posting.

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