Gov. Gary Johnson

Welcome to the official Tumblr for Gov. Gary Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidate, two-term Republican Governor of New Mexico & currently the Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative.

As I speak with groups around the country and am interviewed by the news media, one question almost always comes up: What will it take to bring more attention to libertarian principles and, frankly, the candidates for office who support those principles?

My answer is this: The single most important thing we can do is to force the Commission on Presidential Debates to include ALL qualified candidates in the nationally-televised presidential debates that occur every four years.  

That’s the point I make in a video being released today by the Our America Initiative. It’s short,  to the point, and you can watch it here:

Gary Johnson: We’re Fighting for Fair Debates

As you know, the official-sounding Commission is really a private organization created and perpetuated by the Republican and Democrat national parties — and will not allow Liberty on the stage until the public or the legal system gives them no choice but to do so. That’s why we are challenging the Debate Commission both in court and at the grass-roots level.

I say it in the video, and I will say it again here. Supporting our fight to open the debates to all candidates who are on enough states’ ballots to achieve a majority in the Electoral College may be the single most important contribution you can make to the cause of real liberty, smaller government, and greater freedom.

Your contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or more makes it possible for us to fight this critical battle — and I believe, to prevail.  You can make that contribution today at, and I hope you will.

Imagine how it will change the political landscape when Americans see that there are real choices beyond just the status-quo, “major” party candidates.

I’m counting on you to help make that a reality.

Gov. Gary Johnson

Honorary Chairman

P.S. I hope you will share our new video with your friends and colleagues. Polls show a majority of Americans don’t believe the two “major” parties represent them. We are working to give that majority a voice.

The OUR America Initiative is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee and may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors.

Please visit OUR America’s Debate Challenge today!

Tomorrow, I’m headed to Colorado for a weekend of events with great liberty activists. And just like their counterparts all across the country, one of the questions that will come up is: What do we need to do to be heard — to put liberty front and center as the politicians and policy-makers make decisions that impact our freedoms and rights as individuals?
There is much we can do, but I remain convinced that one of the single most important — and doable — steps we can take is to break the stranglehold the Democrats and Republicans have on the nationally-televised presidential debates. Allowing an advocate for real liberty on the debate stage to challenge those who offer only different shades of big government will, in fact, make us heard.
You can help make that happen.  Go to Our America’s Debate Challenge today and contribute what you can to provide the funds the Our America Initiative will use to pay the legal and communications costs of challenging the debate duopoly and giving America real choices.
Our legal team is working right now to take this fight to the nation’s highest courts, and frankly, we know we have a strong case.  But Our America will be going up against the bottomless pockets of the national Democrat and Republican parties and their corporate funders — funders who will spend whatever it takes to preserve a big government system and the special interests it protects.
The Our America Initiative only has one special interest: You, and the freedoms you and I want to restore.  It’s up to us, and we need to raise $50,000 in the next very few weeks to complete our legal filings and mobilize the grassroots support we must have to counter the deep pockets of the privately-owned and operated Commission on Presidential Debates and its corporate sponsors.  Your support for Our America’s Debate Challenge is critical.
Poll after poll shows that a majority of Americans want more choices. Giving them more choices in presidential debates will go a long way toward shaking up the system and breaking the status quo.  That’s why the Democrats and Republicans don’t want anyone else on THEIR debate stage.  It’s up to us to spoil the party.
Go to Our America today and join the fight.


You’re Invited to Join Gov. Gary Johnson at the 2014 Tennessee State LP Convention 

March 15th, 2014,

Embassy Suites Nashville SE - Murfreesboro

1200 Conference Center Boulevard, Murfreesboro, TN 37129.

Keynote Speaker: Gary Johnson – 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidate

Gary Johnson, who has been called the ‘most fiscally conservative Governor’ in the country, served two consecutive terms as  Governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003. 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. 

To help ensure accurate mail counts, etc., Please make your reservations early! 

Gov. Johnson hopes to see you there! 

Registration Fees: 

Business Session Only (Morning ONLY – Lunch Not included)  – FREE

Full Convention – $50  (Registration Before noon March 14th)

Student Registration – $25 (Includes Lunch and Afternoon Speakers)

NEW TICKET - $25 Online  – $30 at the door/day of the event (For the Afternoon Speaker Session Only, Lunch Not included from 1pm -5pm)


Gov. Gary Johnson - In January, Gallup released results from a number of polls that, when combined, showed 42% of Americans identify themselves as political independents. Only 25% consider themselves Republicans, and 31% Democrats. In other words, independents outnumber Republicans and…


February 20, 2014, Santa Fe, NM -- Former Governor Gary Johnson today applauded the New Mexico legislature for choosing not to act on any legislation that would deny marriage equality rights affirmed late last year by the state’s Supreme Court.

In a statement released after the legislature…

Gov Gary Johnson - One of the greatest offenses against liberty over the past several decades is the failed War on Drugs.  Millions of lives have been adversely impacted by arrests and convictions for simple possession of marijuana, and billions of tax dollars have been spent prosecuting Americans for a simple choice that even President Obama admits is no more harmful than consuming an alcoholic beverage. 

What many don’t realize is that the President and the Attorney General have the authority right now — today — to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Taking this common sense step would effectively end the criminalization under federal law of simple marijuana possession.

I have advocated this overdue “reclassification” for years. With a majority of Americans now favoring the legalization of marijuana, two states having voted to legalize it, and several others considering doing so, the time has come for the President to act. As I have said many times, the American people are ready to do the right and smart thing, but where are the politicians?  To date, with few exceptions, they have been “missing in action” on this issue.

Refreshingly — and finally, last week, 18 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives actually did something! They signed a letter to President Obama urging him to remove marijuana from Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act — precisely what the Our America Initiative and I have long advocated.

This is an effort that deserves our wholehearted support.  Go to Our America’s “End Marijuana Prohibition” page today and add your name to our petition calling on Congress and the President to take an important step toward ending the failed War on Drugs.

The politicians in Washington, DC, need to know that millions of Americans are ready to end marijuana Prohibition.  The Our America Initiative is working hard to deliver that message — and we need your help. In addition to signing our petition, I urge you to go to Our America today and make a contribution that will help us keep the pressure on the politicians to come out of hiding on drug law reform and act — NOW.

Liberty means being free of government prosecution for simple personal choices that do no harm to others. More than 100 million Americans have, at one time or another, made the simple choice to use marijuana. Isn’t it time to stop calling those Americans criminals?

Thank you for your support! Go to Our America today and help end modern-day Prohibition.


Gov. Gary Johnson - Tonight, President Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union address. With all due respect, I suspect his assessment will be a bit different than ours. (I will be joining John Stossel live in New York on the Fox Business Network during and after the speech —…


January 17, 2014, Houston, TX — Former New Mexico Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson released the following statement in response to President Obama’s proposed changes to NSA data gathering:

“The President’s proposals are disappointing, but not surprising. It is simply not…


Gov. Gary Johnson - Later this week, President Obama plans to announce “reforms” to the way the government conducts intelligence-gathering surveillance — surveillance that we now know includes monitoring virtually all of our phone calls, Internet activity and financial transactions.

The United States launched a war in Iraq in March of 2003 — almost 11 years ago. Too many American lives and hundreds of billions of dollars later, what did we accomplish??