Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson: Your 2012 Anti-War Candidate?

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April 4, 2012: Politico: Gary Johnson, the anti-war 2012 candidate

With Ron Paul’s candidacy fading, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson channels his inner Ron Paul to try to carve out the anti-war vote:

Johnson, who dropped out of the GOP primary and is now seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination, said opposition to the war in Afghanistan represents a potent force in presidential politics — one that neither major-party candidate is in a position to channel.

“Get out tomorrow,” Johnson said in an interview with POLITICO. “We should have gotten out of Afghanistan 11 years ago. Eleven years ago! Romney is saying we should stay in Afghanistan until the mission is accomplished. What does that mean?”

Obama, on the other hand, has “doubled down” on an unpopular and directionless war, Johnson said. What’s more, he warned that the White House could try to gain electoral points with a strike on Iran before the November election out of a “political calculation … that bombing Iran shows strength.”

Image via Jim Damaske/St. Petersburg Times/AP

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