Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson Announces Third Party Run

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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced Wednesday on Fox Business that he will run for President of the United States as a Libertarian.

“Government is too big,” Johnson stated. “It’s unwieldy. It’s out of control. We need to get control.”

“Johnson’s campaign later critiqued government overreach in an email to reporters,” reports to CNN:

‘America needs a President who will push back against the growth of government — and mean it,’ the former New Mexico governor said in the email. ‘That begins with proposing a federal budget that doesn’t spend more than it takes in, and using the veto pen to enforce it if necessary. Government spends too much because it does too much, and a President who is serious about making government do and spend less can make it happen.’

“He could affect the vote in a number of states, especially close states,” Fox News’s Neil Cavuto stated, referencing Ralph Nader’s previous presidential run as a third party candidate.

Johnson was governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003.