Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate
for president, believes Ron Paul supporters will gravitate toward
him, not Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama.
Johnson, a former New Mexico governor,
dropped out of the GOP presidential nominating contest to become the
Libertarian Party candidate. Before doing so, he announced his
support for gay marriage, becoming the only GOP presidential hopeful
to do so. Johnson previously supported civil unions.
(Texas Rep. Ron Paul believes states
should decide the issue but is personally opposed to gay marriage.)
In an appearance on SiriusXM's OutQ,
Johnson said he would be on the ballot in 47 states and was
contesting the other three.
“It looks like we are going to be on
the ballot in all 50 states,” he
told Michelangelo Signorile. “We are involved in litigation in
three states, but we're thinking we have a good case. The Republican
Party is trying to thwart us at every turn.”
Johnson added that he expects
supporters of Ron Paul – who lost the GOP nomination to Romney –
to vote for him, not Romney, whom he described as not conservative
enough, or Obama, whom he described as not liberal enough.
“Given the fact that I'm saying the
same things as Ron Paul, [and] given my own prognosis back in
December that Ron Paul would not be the nominee, who is going to be the
spokesperson for the liberty and freedom movement, which is the
fastest-growing movement in this country? Right now when it comes to
Ron Paul supporters, are they going to vote for Mitt Romney? Are
they going to vote for Barack Obama, when I'm an option? I don't
think so,” he said.