Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson won’t be participating in CNN’s Republican presidential primary debate tonight in New Hampshire, which is a shame for many reasons, including the fact that it ruined the possibility of Johnson repeating this statement from an interview he just gave to TheFix.com:

In my view, in terms of individual liberties and fiscal responsibility, opposition to the drug war is perfectly consistent with true Republican Party values. Yet no other politicians are willing to touch this. I can’t think of any other area of public policy where there’s as big a disconnect between politicians and what the public actually thinks.

Read the whole interview here. Watch Johnson discuss politics with Reason.tv below.