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Gary Johnson Campaign Targets Seven States with Big Radio Ad Campaign

Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin are the Libertarian's main focus right now.

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The Gary Johnson campaign is planning to spend about a million on radio and digital billboards in seven targeted states, Politico reports.

The states are Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin. One of the radio ads is reported to say "if a Democrat is elected president, if a Republican is elected president, in four years we will still be at war, America will be four years deeper in debt, we will have four more years of rising taxes."

Another one of three will be targeted at Hispanics, and feature Juan Hernandez, former adviser to both U.S. Republicans George W. Bush and John McCain and Mexico's former leader Vicente Fox.

That ad will feature Hernandez saying:

"I've always considered myself a Republican, but this year I've decided to support Gary Johnson for president," Hernandez says. "As a Latino, I'm tired of the insults coming from [Donald] Trump, and I can no longer believe that this the promises of the left will be kept."
Hernandez goes on to highlight Johnson's immigration plan. "It's a reform that doesn't unrealistically talk about deporting 11 million people and doesn't separate families," he said. "Oh, and it doesn't build a wall."

I've reported earlier on viral videos and TV ads coming out of Johnson-supporting SuperPACs this week. The official campaign has not yet done TV. The campaign has raised more than $3 million in the month of August alone.

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  1. The states are Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.

    Lol!

    GayJay got 0.07% of the vote in the 2012 NH GOP primary. All of 181 votes.

    In the general he was under 1.5% in every one of those states but New Mexico

    1. I’ve been following your comments closely over the last few weeks, and I’m beginning to think you don’t have a favorable view of Gary Johnson.

      1. Nothing gets past you, does it, Paul?

        Next you’ll be telling me that Saccharin Man writes risque political ditties, STEVE SMITH! has an unusual obsession and unique style of propositioning lone hikers, Froot Sooshi writes (mostly) non-committal articles where the *only* person coming off smelling like a rose-above-it-all is him, and A Servating Swiss serially sending seriously spectacularly shrewd *Narrows Gaze*s bestrode a colossus marching across The Lansraad Commentariaad… Are you to trying to sell me on the idea that the Star Wars: ANH’s “Cantina Scene” is a *real* place?

        I, for one, happen to somewhat appreciate SIV’s stubbornly contrarian, anti-monolithic streak for St. GayJay, however misplaced his apparent enthusiasm for Troomp is.

        1. All I’m saying is that I don’t like to rush to judgement, and as such, I’m cautious about assessing the body of a particular commenters… comments. I’m seeing a pattern emerging with SIV. Like an iceberg peeking out of the water just ahead of the Ocean Liner.

          My opinion on Adolf Hitler is still out.

          1. Truly Paul, you are the Rip Taylor of Our Times – so, so full of win and confetti whilst exercising such judicious restraint on rushes to judgement.

            The pattern you see is chiaroscuro-flavoured camera obscura, by the by. If there aren’t any dark boxes around, get thee to a ophthalmologist pronto, preferably one brandishing the surname, “Paul.”

        2. But mostly he’s trolling.

    2. Cool story. How about another round of you recalling being a deadbeat signing up for magazine subscriptions with “Bill me later” with a fake name as an adult.

    3. 1.5% isn’t exactly bad by the standards of the LP. Johnson’s already posted the second best performance in the popular vote in LP history, and he’s poised to surpass the record easily this year. Say what you want about him, but he’s fairly successful by 3rd party standards.

    4. He had officially dropped out at that point.

      I can’t quite remember if I was one of those votes or if I went for Ron Paul.

      1. GayJay droped out on the eve of the primary. Michelle Bachman had dropped out earlier (freeing up enorsement-purchase opportunity for Ron Paul) yet still got twice the votes.

  2. Today in retardation –

    Aug. 26 is Women’s Equality Day, when we celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which secures to women the right to vote on equal terms with men.

    But wait, you say, wasn’t the 19th Amendment ratified on August 18, 1920, when the Tennessee legislature’s ratification provided the necessary three-fourths majority?

    Well, but August 26 was the day the amendment was *certified.* So that’s the day Congress fixed on for the celebration.

    But according to the Constitution itself, an amendment is adopted “when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several states,” not when some extra piece of paperwork is filed.

    So by observing this day as the 19th Amendment anniversary, you’re basically saying you’re unclear on the meaning of the Constitution.

    (cue commenters who say “why should we celebrate the 19th Amendment on *any* date?”)

    1. (The deciding vote to adopt the 19th Amendment was cast by a young Tennessee legislator who got a letter from his mother telling him to “be a good boy” and ratify the amendment).

    2. It’s a fair point, but surely there was something far more retarded than that today.

      1. Probably, but it’s all I can handle today.

  3. I heard the one with Hernandez today. I wasn’t really listening until I realized what I was hearing. Sounded alright, kinda surprised me, but pleasantly.

  4. “Juan Hernandez, former adviser to both U.S. Republicans George W. Bush and John McCain and Mexico’s former leader Vicente Fox”

    At least Trump won’t be able to exploit this to make mainstream Republicans look like sellouts on immigration!

  5. Has the libertarian moment forever passed? Was there ever any time when it wasn’t eclipsed by another swiftly ascendant movement? It seems always to have been in the background, a reliably unwieldy home for 1-2% of voters and a permanent address for no politician. Now we’re witnessing the contention of two relatively new movements, the Marxists-cum-SJWs and the alt-right, both statist to the core, both fascistic in execution, one communist and the other protectionist and neither especially concerned with preserving liberty. All of those disaffected voters the Libertarians seemed fated to inherit, that virtuous plinth of principle which the LP was meant to stand astride while the others crumbled, it didn’t quite work out that way. Turns out, when the boring dinosaur parties start losing the faith of their respective constituencies, people find their way to even more outlandish caricatures of the old parties. Is libertarianism a dead letter, not merely in this election cycle, but always?

  6. Has the libertarian moment forever passed? Was there ever any time when it wasn’t eclipsed by another swiftly ascendant movement? It seems always to have been in the background, a reliably unwieldy home for 1-2% of voters and a permanent address for no politician. Now we’re witnessing the contention of two relatively new movements, the Marxists-cum-SJWs and the alt-right, both statist to the core, both fascistic in execution, one communist and the other protectionist and neither especially concerned with preserving liberty. All of those disaffected voters the Libertarians seemed fated to inherit, that virtuous plinth of principle which the LP was meant to stand astride while the others crumbled, it didn’t quite work out that way. Turns out, when the boring dinosaur parties start losing the faith of their respective constituencies, people find their way to even more outlandish caricatures of the old parties. Is libertarianism a dead letter, not merely in this election cycle, but always?

  7. Has the libertarian moment forever passed? Was there ever any time when it wasn’t eclipsed by another swiftly ascendant movement? It seems always to have been in the background, a reliably unwieldy home for 1-2% of voters and a permanent address for no politician. Now we’re witnessing the contention of two relatively new movements, the Marxists-cum-SJWs and the alt-right, both statist to the core, both fascistic in execution, one communist and the other protectionist and neither especially concerned with preserving liberty. All of those disaffected voters the Libertarians seemed fated to inherit, that virtuous plinth of principle which the LP was meant to stand astride while the others crumbled, it didn’t quite work out that way. Turns out, when the boring dinosaur parties start losing the faith of their respective constituencies, people find their way to even more outlandish caricatures of the old parties. Is libertarianism a dead letter, not merely in this election cycle, but always?

    1. Son of a fucking bitch, I triple clicked. You never triple click submit.

      1. A triple click! What are you, 80-years-old? Have Parkinson’s? Both answers would make sense.

        1. I have a bad habit of randomly clicking the mouse when I read. I like to highlight passages of articles, too. Sometimes doesn’t work out too well.

          1. Dude. I thought I was the only twitchy weirdo who did that.

    2. A collapse will enlighten. Or they’ll doubledown. Coinflip.

  8. I don’t get it. Gary has no chance to win. He cant get in any of the debates. He cant win even if he takes every state he can actually get on the ballot for.

    If he were just trying to advance libertarianism in the minds of the public, to give it more exposure, then why isnt he advocating for actual liberty? He is just lukewarm on that.

    I think he is just along for the ride.

    1. He cant win even if he takes every state he can actually get on the ballot for.

      Huh? I keep hearing that he will be on all 50 state’s ballots. A quick google shows him in 39 already, and those don’t count Ohio which he just got on. What you talking ’bout Suthenboy?

      1. According to the LP web page and backed up by Richard Winger’s Ballot Access News site, Gary is currently on the ballot in 46 states plus DC as of today.

        And speaking of ballot access, even if Gary does not win(and I don’t think he will), if he does well enough he will help the LP maintain and gain ballot access. That is not an insignificant issue.

    2. He can’t win, but he’s there representing traditional libertarian values, like religious liberty…erm. And gun rights… er.

    3. Plane tickets, hotel rooms, cocktail parties, kickbacks from his campaign manager who pockets 62% of donations for “consulting” and a huge bounty from the Bush family if he spoils the election for Trump.

      1. Pretty sure Trump’s his own spoiler. No outside interference needed.

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