Former Gov. Gary Johnson Launches Libertarian Bid for President

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his candidacy for president Wednesday during an interview with Neil Cavuto.

“I am announcing my candidacy right now for the Libertarian nomination,” Johnson said. “I do believe that crony capitalism is alive and well. It’s Democrats and Republicans that contribute to that. I’d like to be that choice that is not going to succumb to that.”

Johnson ran for president as a Libertarian in 2012. He served two terms as a Republican governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003.

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson. (Getty Images)
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson. (Getty Images)

According to the Washington Post, during his 2012 campaign, Johnson received 1,275,923 votes, “the highest overall vote total in the party’s 40-year history.”

After his 2012 candidacy, he became the CEO of Cannabis Sativa Inc., a company that seeks to “brand and market the highest quality, legal cannabis products available today.”

Johnson has resigned from that position in favor of a presidential bid.