Gary Johnson Touts His Entrepreneurial Experience, Criticizes Obama and Romney in Ohio

BOWLING GREEN—On the second stop of his statewide tour of Ohio, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson relayed tales of his time in the private sector while offering the 150 people packed into the Cla-Zel Theatre some career advice.

“I have been an entrepenruer my entire life. Since I was 17 years old I have paid for everything I have in my life. When I was a junior in college I started a one man handyman business in Albuquerque and grew that business to employ over a thousand people,” he said, referring to the company Big J Enterprises.

Johnson later sold Big J in 1999 while he was governor for approximately $10 million.

“I am gonna offer you all some advice, it’s worth exactly what you’re paying for it. Whatever it is that you’re good at, apply in entrepreneurially. Go into business for yourself, do what you want to do for yourself and you’ll find the rewards to be a hundred-fold. You’ll never regret making that decision,” said Johnson to a crowd comprised of mostly Bowling Green college students and local residents.

“One of the takeaways that I have from being in business is, hiring and firing people. It’s really easy to hire people and it’s really hard to fire people. If you can’t fire people that don’t work out things don’t work out,” said Johnson.

It was then that he launched into an attack on Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama when it comes to handling human resources. The attacks on Romney, in particular, referenced a gaffe from an earlier time in the campaign that now seems like an eternity ago.

“Mitt Romney said he loves firing people, Mitt Romney and I have a difference when it comes to that. Nothing is harder than firing people. It’s the worst thing in the world but if you can’t do it things don’t work out. President Obama has never hired anybody and he has never fired anybody and that’s one of the disconnects in the federal government right now,” he said.

Johnson campaigned earlier in that day at a high school in Dayton. After he leaves here he is continuing on to Streetsboro for an event at 7:30pm at the Z-Plex. 

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  • Pro Libertate||

    I have an idea. Next time, the LP should make votes for their candidate entries into a lottery.

    Voted for Johnson on Wednesday, for the record.

  • CE||

    Glad to see G-Money in Ohio. The LP presidential candidate should always focus on the swing states. That's where the media types are, and the chance of upsetting the ruling parties' applecart is the best.

  • R C Dean||

    I have been an entrepenruer my entire life.

    Umm, no you haven't. You were an entrepeneur. As far a I know, you haven't founded or run a business since you were elected Governor. Since then, you have been a politician.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Half his life, close enough?

  • Pro Libertate||

    There needs to be a [sic] for "entrepenruer."

  • ||

    Too bad there is no demand for full-time, professional ruers. I would rue the fuck out of whatever needed ruing if the price was right.

  • Pro Libertate||

    You'll rue the day!

  • Loki||

    Rue the day? Who talks like that?

  • ||

    You're all just a bunch of degenerates!

  • Loki||

    *We* are? What about that time I found you naked with that bowl of Jell-O?

  • ||

    I was hot and I was hungry!

  • Rasilio||

    Am I the only one who thinks Jordan was one of the hottest female characters ever in a movie?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Why yes, yes you are.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Agreed. I do that a lot for free.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    I think I speak for everyone when I say the baseball alt-text references are not fucking funny.

  • Garrett Quinn||

    :-(

  • ||

    Hey Garrett, were the Red Sox anywhere near the World Series?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Oh, I'm sure some bought tickets. Baseball players make lots of money, especially expensive bums.

  • ||

    Aw, you guys hurt Garrett's feelings. I like your alt text and your Boston accent, Garrett.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Don't be such a chick. And a Canadian. A Canadian chick.

  • ||

    Sorry ProL. Next time I will stay strong when confronted with the sadface and make a joke about someone's mom instead. Probably Epi's.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I hear she's from the Northeast, too.

  • ||

    She's from Jersey. Idiot.

  • Pro Libertate||

    England? Or New Jersey in the Northeastern U.S.?

    Is this related to your not understanding U-turns?

  • ||

    You can be an honorary Masshole.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Can they do that? Taint you with their Massholeness?

  • ||

    They can't taint me, because I am from Connecticut. Dagny's a different story, however, being already tainted as she is, being a Canadian.

  • Pro Libertate||

    How is Connecticut different from Massachusetts or, for that matter, New York? Are there natives in Connecticut? And what is a Connecticut, anyway? Some sort of scissors connected to something?

  • ||

    I wouldn't expect a redneck southerner to understand, ProL. Where are you from again? Missouri?

  • Pro Libertate||

    No, I don't want people to show me anything. Too much showing already, if you ask me.

  • ||

    Am I still allowed to hate the Pats?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Oh, sure. Everyone does, even the players.

  • ||

    Nope. You want to be a Masshole, you have to like Tom Brady and think Gronkowski is dreamy. And you have to go to the Prudential Building and not go to the observation deck.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Does Beantown have an observation deck? What the hell for?

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    No, he needs to learn it is not ok to work in a Detroit World Series reference on a story based in Ohio.

  • Big 'Orra||

    But at least the Browns will win the Super Bowl this year, so there's that...

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    See Garrett, it doesn't always have a be a baseball reference.

  • Garrett Quinn||

    Diversify my sports alt text?

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Yes.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    "The Colorado Rapids favor Amd. 64 due to the 'high' price of soccer!"

    or how about:

    "The Colorado Mammoth have a big Johnson!'

    ehh? EHHH?

    aww screw it

  • ||

    This Johnson guy sounds pretty good. I think I'll vote for him in a few days.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I did. Felt great. And I didn't have to feel like a fool voting for Roseanne Barr/Cindy Sheehan. Who were actually on my ballot.

  • CE||

    Why doesn't G-Money adopt as his new campaign slogan:

    "Tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney"? Don't cry about it, vote for G-Money!

  • cw||

    Just voted absentee for Gary Johnson. Feels good to have my voting out of the way.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Man, I'm counting like six votes for him so far here at Hit & Run. Maybe he'll win after all!

  • ||

    Add another one.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Seven, bitch! Double-digits, they are a'comin'!

  • R C Dean||

    Mrs. Dean said she voted for him, as a vote against Romney and Obama.

    I'll do the same on Tuesday.

  • Jordan||

    Add another.

  • Pro Libertate||

    And before you think I'm mocking you, I cast one of those votes.

  • cw||

    I yeah, I know. And that text at the bottom was supposed to be my response to you.

  • cw||

    *Oh yeah*

    Fuck this fucking fuck of a comment section.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I'd vote for that.

  • RBS||

    Seven! It's going to be a landslide!

  • cw||

    What are the odds, like a billion to one? Less than winning every single state lottery?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Well, that's a bit much. For instance, what if it turned out that Romney and Obama were part of a criminal cabal? I mean, other than the federal government or the political parties.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Does Big J stand for Big Johnson? Is that Gary's nickname around the scene?

    Also the weekly prize winner/survey shit and constant logging in is super gay.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    My understanding is the "insiders" call him either Governor or Gary...kinda dull (although you could say 'guvner' with a tiny tim accent).

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Barrack Obama has so fired people. With drones.

    Had to log in again just to post that. Fucking gay.

  • Nephilium||

    I went to the event down in Streetsboro... strange little wing place with a back area where they apparently have UFC matches. This was the area where the rally was... there were a lot of youngsters there (including some that were just old enough to vote this year), which is a good sign.

    I thought the Downsize DC speaker was the best, and actually got a lot of cheers during his talk. The one flub (in my opinion), was saying that if each person there tonight gave just $10, then that would raise $4,000. When you've been talking about money in the millions and billions, $4,000 doesn't sound like a lot.

    Based on the snippets of the speech listed above, it sounds as if he gave the same speech at the later event. Not a bad speech, the lines about federal matching money seemed to fall a bit dead. The war on drugs, medicaid, and foreign war sections all got a lot of cheers. I did like the spin that the only wasted vote was one for the status quo (Romney/Obama), and that voting for principles is never a waste.

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