Note: This is part three of a three-part series covering some reasons that a voter may choose to support a specific presidential candidate. Part 1 for Mitt Romney is available here, and part 2 for Barack Obama is available here.
You might not know it by watching the talking heads on the news, but there are actually more candidates on the presidential ballot this year than just Romney and Obama. This year the Libertarian Party will have Gary Johnson on the ballot.
Like the other parties, the Libertarians don’t always get excellent candidates on their ballots, but Gary Johnson is actually an excellent candidate for their platform. He’s a former (Republican) governor of New Mexico with an excellent track record for cutting unnecessary layers of government. Like the other candidates, there are pros and cons for supporting Johnson. Here are a few reasons you might want to support Johnson in 2012.
You like freedom and want more of it.
When it comes to individual liberty, there’s no question at all who the best candidate on the ballot is. Johnson is a perfect example of the Libertarian’s stance on individual liberty, and there’s little doubt that he’d advance individual liberty if he were president.
You believe we need a balanced federal budget.
When the people in Washing talk about cutting spending, they are usually talking about cutting the rate at which we increase spending. Few people from either of the two major parties care about actually cutting spending. Johnson has been very direct about eliminating the federal deficit.
You’re a Republican that doesn’t like Romney.
Maybe you don’t trust a Massachusetts moderate. Maybe you don’t like the way he’s changed his views over the years. Maybe you don’t like his religion. Whatever the reason, if you want a candidate that supports the fiscal policy that the GOP is supposed to embrace, Johnson could be the guy for you.
You’re a Democrat that doesn’t like Obama.
If you’re not that crazy about Obama and the job he is (or isn’t) doing, but you don’t like Romney because of social issues, Johnson is probably worth considering. You won’t agree with everything, but you’ll know exactly where he stands on all of it.
You think Johnson is the right guy for the job.
Like with Obama and Romney, if you think Johnson is the right guy for the job, you should vote for him. Never mind the “lesser of the evils” argument you’re sure to hear. Never mind that Johnson will likely not win. Never mind the people who say you’re supporting Obama (or Romney) by supporting Johnson. If you believe a candidate – any candidate – is the right person for the job, that’s the candidate that should get your vote, no matter what anyone else has to say about it.
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