53 Political Quotes of Gary Johnson

” Regardless of who wins, an election should be a time for optimism and fresh approaches. “
” I would say that a wasted vote is voting for anybody you don’t believe in. If you believe in the third party, that’s the guy you need to voice for. That’s how you change things. “
” We have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. ‘America, land of liberty and freedom?’ You know, that’s baloney. More than 2 million Americans are behind bars now. Communist China has four times the population and they have 1.5 million people behind bars. “
” I leave abortion to the woman. I just fundamentally end there. I absolutely support a woman’s right to choose. “
” I don’t want to put one innocent person to death to put 99 that are guilty to death. So philosophically I’m a tooth-for-tooth guy, but the reality is the death penalty as public policy is flawed. “
” Do I favor the death penalty? Theoretically, I do, but when you realize that there’s a 4 percent error rate, you end up putting guilty people to death. “
” I believe we can, and must, strike a balance between our shared American values of religious liberty and freedom from discrimination. My concerns lie with the possible consequences of politically-driven legislation which claims to promote religious liberty but instead rolls back the legal protections held by LGBT Americans. “
” At the earliest age, when I saw a ‘wet paint’ sign, I had to touch the paint to see if it was wet. When I get stopped at the stoplight in the middle of the night, and there’s just no cars coming, and the light is red, I go. I don’t think I’m putting anyone in harm’s way, and I’ll just take the consequences. Because I’m a Libertarian. “
” Would the world be a better place if all drugs were legalized tomorrow? Absolutely. But pragmatically speaking, you’re not going to go from the criminalization of all drugs to the legalization of drugs overnight. “
” My vision of the border with Mexico is that a truck from the United States going into Mexico and a truck coming from Mexico into the United States will pass each other at the border going 60 miles an hour. Yes, we should have open borders. “
” My vision of the border with Mexico is that a truck from the United States going into Mexico and a truck coming from Mexico into the United States will pass each other at the border going 60 miles an hour. Yes, we should have open borders. “
” As governor of New Mexico, I would have – I signed a bill banning late term abortion. I’ve always favored parental notification. I’ve always favored counseling. I’ve always favored the notion of no public funds used for abortion. “
” We’re on the verge of a financial collapse unless we balance the budget, and that means some really, really tough decisions. “
” My issue with campaign finance is 100 percent disclosure. Wear a suit with patches from your big contributors. Depending on the size of the contribution, that’s how big the patch should be. “
” The retirement age needs to be raised. A portion of Social Security ought to be privatized, if not all. And there probably needs to be some means testing. It’s a Ponzi scheme that’s not sustainable. “
” That’s the first sign you know you’re a Libertarian. You see the red light. You stop. You realize that there’s not a car in sight. And you put your foot on the gas. “
” Every time you pass a law, it is a little bite out of freedom. “
” I hear that Donald Trump is watching the Olympics tonight. He’s seeing how high the Mexican pole vaulters go. “
” I don’t think you can climb Mount Everest with a broken leg, but I did break my leg prior to going to Mount Everest, so I was really climbing with a healing broken leg. I had the good fortune of climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. That was a goal that I had. “
” I would have never signed the Patriot Act. I would have never signed the National Defense Authorization Act allowing for arrests and detainment of you and me as U.S. citizens without being charged. “
” Unlike President Obama, I am not afraid to state, without a wink or a nod, that the government has no right to tell us who we can marry or not marry. “
” I’m finding myself really angry over spending and the deficit. I’m finding myself really angry over what’s happening in the Middle East, the decision to stay in Afghanistan indefinitely. I’m angry about cap and trade. And I’ve been on record for a long time on the failed war on drugs. “
” I’m a plodder, one foot in front of the other. Life is all about understanding that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And it’s your ability with how you deal with that adversity that ultimately affects your success. “
” All I suggest is to make K-12 like higher education. Higher education in the United States is the best in the world because these institutions compete with each other for your tuition dollar. Let’s just bring competition to public education. “
” I love Costco. “
” I climbed Mount Everest. I don’t quit. “
” I don’t smoke marijuana anymore. I don’t drink. Marijuana is a handicap. So is alcohol. Alcohol is a terrible handicap. But in spite of being a handicap, it shouldn’t be criminal. “
” I support gay unions. I think the government should get out of the marriage business completely – leave marriages to the churches. And grant civil unions to gay couples, grant civil unions to a man and woman. “
” America is big enough to accommodate differences of opinion and practice on religious and social beliefs. As a nation and as a society, we must reject discrimination, forcefully and without asterisks. Most importantly, as president, I will zealously defend the Constitution of the United States and all of its amendments. “
” Using a broad brushstroke, I think Libertarian – most of America are socially accepting and fiscally responsible. I’m in that category. I think, broadly speaking, that’s a Libertarian. A Libertarian is going to be somebody who’s really strong on civil liberties. “
” We do live in an environment of crony capitalism, and the main reason we do is that loopholes are for sale, and both parties have their hands out through those loopholes. “
” I’m absolutely a Ron Paul fan. “
” I was the Republican governor of the heavily Democratic state of New Mexico. I focused on good government, and I got it done – just like my running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. The people of New Mexico reelected me by a comfortable margin. Ditto for Weld. “
” If China wants to spend $10 producing a product and sell it for a buck, who benefits from that? I think we do. I’m the free market guy. I think free markets work. “
” In a zero corporate tax rate environment, if the private sector doesn’t create tens of millions of jobs, then I don’t know what it takes to create tens of millions of jobs. “
” I was opposed to the government mandating that restaurants not allow people to smoke, believing it becomes the customer’s choice whether they go in or not. But then, I thought, ‘What about the employees? Aren’t they hostage to a smoking environment, even if they don’t smoke?’ “
” We should make it as easy as possible to be able to get a legal work visa – not citizenship, not a green card. Just a work visa, with a background check and a Social Security card so that applicable taxes would get paid. “
” If there were no government-guaranteed student loans, college tuition would be much lower. “
” I hope that people will see that we don’t have to sit by the sidelines and watch as the two major parties limit their choices to slightly different flavors of the status quo. It is, in fact, possible to join the fray, stand up for principles and offer a real alternative. “
” I think I view the system the same way that Ayn Rand views the system – that it really oppresses those that create, if you will, and tries to take away from those that produce and give to the non-producers. “
” I see the demographics increasing, and by that I mean the notion of social acceptance is growing, not decreasing; I think the notion of fiscal responsibility is growing, not decreasing. And Republicans seem to be moving further away from those two categories than closer. “
” I’m one of those who believe the bumper sticker: If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns. The first people who are going to be in line to turn in their guns are law-abiding citizens. Criminals are going to be left with guns. “
” If Clinton is elected or if Trump is going to get elected, I think the polarization in Congress will be greater than ever. Nothing is going to get done. It is going to be so ugly, so partisan, so back-biting. Well what if you elect a couple of Libertarians? “
” I majored in political science and English, but starting from the age of 17, I’ve paid for everything that I’ve had in my life. It was a personal choice. My parents would have helped me in any way whatsoever, but for me, you know what? I can make my own way. “
” Religious beliefs have played a vital role in forming America’s character as well as my own. I was raised as a Lutheran, and I believe in God and consider my faith and involvement with organized religion to be an important part of who I am. “
” If there’s a clear genocide somewhere, don’t we really want to positively impact that kind of a situation? Isn’t that what we’re all about? Isn’t that what we’ve always been about? “
” Where in the Constitution does it say that because we don’t like a foreign country’s leader, we should go in and topple the dictator? “
” We are a nation of immigrants, and if the truth be known, don’t we need a whole lot of immigrants to be buying homes and to drive our economy and to take jobs that U.S. citizens don’t want? “
” Any movement at all that reduces disease, that reduces overdoses, that reduces property crime, that reduces violent crime, is good. “
” I am totally a fringe candidate, and so is Bill Weld: you know, two Republican governors serving in heavily blue states, outspoken, small government guys, outspoken on the social liberal side. We’re fringe, totally. We’re fringe. “
” Would this country be better off if no one drank? Yes, it would be, but we tried that; it doesn’t work. I don’t want to tell anybody that they can’t have as many drinks as they want every single night of the week as long as they don’t get behind the wheel of a car. “
” Most Americans are fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I’m advocating a balanced budget. But along with that, look, there should be gay marriage equality. A woman should have the right to choose. Let’s not build a fence across the border. “
” The current prohibition laws are forcing drug disputes to be played out with guns in our streets. We need to put a stop to this criminal drug element in our country. “