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Gary Johnson enters race for U S Senate
Gary Johnson enters race for U S Senate
Gary Johnson enters race for U S Senate
Gary Johnson enters race for U S Senate
Gary Johnson enters race for U S Senate
Gary Johnson enters race for U S Senate

Gary Johnson enters race for U S Senate

KOB 4 - 2018-08-17

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has officially kicked off his campaign as the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate. 'What's at stake here is arguably the most powerful Senate seats in the U.S. Senate because if I were elected to the U.S. Senate, I'd be the swing vote,' Johnson said during a press conference Thursday. Johnson served as New Mexico's governor from 1994 to 2002. He was also the Libertarian candidate for president in 2012 and 2016. Johnson favors eliminating government interference between businesses and consumers, just like Republicans. 'I said during the presidential campaigns, Uber everything. Eliminating the middleman, allow the direct payment to you as the provider of goods and services as opposed to going through a middleman,' Johnson said. But Johnson implied he won't be cozying up to Republicans. In fact, he had harsh words for the president. 'I don't like this guy,' Johnson said of President Trump. 'I don't associate with people who don't tell the truth. I don't associate with people who are not transparent.' Johnson faces incumbent Democrat Martin Heinrich and Republican Mick Rich. The Republican Party of New Mexico released a statement following Johnson entering the race, but it does not mention Johnson or the Republican candidate. It reads, 'Martin Heinrich has been a loyal partisan who is more interested in standing up for his party in Washington than he is in standing up for New Mexicans back home. The latest developments in this race provide further proof that voters are ready for change. Sen. Heinrich is out of touch with New Mexico values and that's why he's in trouble in this highly competitive senate race.' The Democratic Party of New Mexico also released the following statement: 'New Mexicans haven't forgotten the damage Gary Johnson's extreme agenda had on our state - from cutting the social safety net, to vetoing minimum wage increases, to trying to privatize our education system. He'd bring the same destructive ideas to Washington, as a reliable vote with Republicans to slash Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Martin Heinrich is a fighter and a champion for working families, and I'm counting down the days until we get to reelect him to the U.S. Senate. Gary Johnson showing up for a last-minute run doesn't change that one bit.' The General Election is November 6.