Gary Johnson Zombie Ad Debuts

While Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson was campaigning in New Hampshire, he took time to make an ad with some Granite State supporters that features Republican and Democratic zombies.

In the ad, Johnson walks down the steps of the New Hampshire State House in his signature blazer and peace sign shirt proclaiming that "We are not a mindless society! We care about things!" 

Johnson, who is the in the midst of a nationwide college tour and told Patch that he thought the ads could go viral.

“This is fun, this is fun,” Johnson said at one point during the recording.

At another point during the filming, when Johnson realized that the concept was pretty brilliant and would probably go viral on YouTube, he said, “We’re going to have a zombie party … we can’t fix all this, we can make the world a better place …”

Johnson's campaign did not pay for or produce the spot. At an event in Durham local LP activists told me that the state party was involved in producing the spot. 

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  • ||

    "Don't throw your vote away supporting the status quo."

    Good line!

  • sarcasmic||

    It was lame the first time you showed it. I'm not going to bother to watch it again.

    Rush 2112!

  • sarcasmic||

    No auto-start?

  • Garrett Quinn||

    Heh.

  • Randian||

    Not bad. Gary Johnson kind of looks like Ray Romano in it.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Voters are not mindless zombies, Governor. And it's insulting that you would characterize the American public as some sort of unthinking, uninformed-

    Ha, I'm just joshing you. But it's a good thing Johnson didn't put a percentage to the number of careless voters in the country. That would set off a reason avalanche of aghast posts.

  • slippermen colony||

    For those interested in helping Gary Johnson get in the debates, you can sign a petition. http://libertarianpetition.com/ (through lp.org)

  • silent v||

    Notice how he only reaches out to the Red Zombies?

  • sarcasmic||

  • Ken Shultz||

    I don't think he's doing himself any favors with this ad.

    I think the less people see it, the better off he'll be.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Agreed.

    It completely horrible.

    Lame even as a half assed SNL skit.

  • Farturo||

    I winced. This ad is extremely amateurish and makes Johnson look like an unserious candidate. Who is he talking to - the camera or the zombies? Who is this "we" he keeps referring to? Also, why the awful bounceback on Johnson's voice? Were they using a lapel mic with a PA system?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    I think I see the rationale, as the article says - get lots of people to look it up on YouTube. But while it might get lots of hits, will it get votes?

  • naql||

    I agree, and I'm voting for him. And he needs to lose the hippy peace sign shirt.

  • ||

    It looks like that video cost about $18 to make. Most of it in parking meters to get everybody on set.

  • Ryan60657||

    Worst. Presidential. Ad. Ever.

    I'm a huge Gary Johnson fan, but this makes me want to vote for him LESS, not MORE.

  • Lyle||

    I don't get the peace sign. Liberty is subordinate to peace or something.

  • SIV||

    Heh

  • Brandybuck||

    This ad is Exhibit 267 in why Libertarians can't win elections.

  • ||

    The concept is brilliant but the production values are for shit. This will only reinforce the "Libertarians are a joke" predisposition.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    The concept is stupid.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    OMFG that was fucking horrible.

    I don't what was more embarrassing.

    The presidential candidate wearing a peace symbol t-shirt with a suit jacket or lame ass twelve zombies.

  • thejerk||

    LOL that was really bad.

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