Gary Johnson will abandon his bid to
become the presidential nominee of the Republican Party and seek the
Libertarian Party nomination instead, the AP reported.
The former New Mexico governor's
campaign has gained scant traction. And Johnson's low polling
numbers have locked him out of all but 2 Republican debates.
Johnson will announce his decision at a
news conference on December 28 at the Capitol building in Santa Fe,
“He is representing a viewpoint and a
viewpoint that needs to be heard and he's going to do whatever it
takes to get that done,” Joe Hunter, a spokesman for Johnson, told
Johnson endorsed gay marriage earlier
this month during an online town hall with Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder
and executive director of gay GOP group GOProud. Johnson previously
supported civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.
He recently told gay glossy The
Advocate that the anti-gay rhetoric of some candidates in his
party played a part in his decision to reconsider his membership.
“I've been in the
Republican Party my entire life,” Johnson told the magazine. “And
I don't feel like I'm leaving the Republican Party as much as the
party is leaving me.”
“I don't think
I'm different than a lot of Americans, in that when you grow up,
there's a negative prejudice built against gays. You're just
bombarded by it,” Johnson said. “And then, in my life, I've come
to find out that I have friends who are gay. And it makes me feel
horrible that I would in any way potentially add to discrimination
against them. Every single candidate talks about equality, freedom,
liberty: Doesn't that all start with a person's right to conduct
their own lives as they see fit?”