Gov. Gary Johnson Among the Occupy Wall Street Protesters


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"The root of all evil," says GOP presidential candidate and former two-term Gov. Gary Johnson (R-N.M.), "is politicians that are going to save [us] from terrorists, from illegal immigrants, from drugs. 'Elect me,' [they say], 'and I'll save you."

Johnson was responding to a question put to him on Tuesday, October 18, as he talked with Occupy Wall Street protesters in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park. tagged along with Johnson. Among the folks he encountered were former Tea Party members, people who "got some money and should be taxed more," and individuals who questioned just what "Wall Street" meant when applied in such a vague way.

Cenk Uygur, host of the popular "Young Turks" online show, tell Johnson that despite many differences, "The Tea Party sends the exact same message as these guys: 'We're pissed man, we're tired of not getting represented.'"

Video produced by's Anthony Fisher.

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