Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is running for president on the Republican ticket. Despite the fact that he is the only candidate who has a high favorable rating in his state, Johnson is not well-known.
Johnson's approach is businesslike, looking at the financial bottom line. Unlike the other Republican candidates, he does not discuss religion and believes in the separation of church and state. Johnson is the only candidate who has publicly said that gays and lesbians should have civil rights, that marijuana should be legalized, and that women should have the right to choose.
As to marijuana, he points out that a staggering $40 billion is spent each year in the war on drugs for non-violent marijuana offenses and that zero people have died as a result of marijuana overdose.
Johnson does not court the New Apostolic Reform movement that endorses Seven Mountains dominionism and spiritual warfare, a group that has been enjoying increasing power and influence in politics. Last month, when the Iowa Family Leader group demanded that Republican candidates sign its controversial "Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family" in order to receive an endorsement from the state's Christian conservatives, Johnson was the first to condemn the bigotry expressed in the declaration, quickly issuing a press release saying,
While the Family Leader pledge covers just about every other so-called virtue they can think of, the one that is conspicuously missing is tolerance. In one concise document, they manage to condemn gays, single parents, single individuals, divorcees, Muslims, gays in the military, unmarried couples, women who choose to have abortions, and everyone else who doesn’t fit in a Norman Rockwell painting.
In Johnson's view, if the Republican party continues to make social issues its major focus, it will not win the presidency.
In a recent interview with Fox News, Shannon Bream suggested that the two-term governor would not be able to sway the evangelicals in the Iowa caucus because of his views. Johnson replied that the reason he is not going to Iowa is because his campaign cannot afford to do so; instead, he is focusing his efforts in New Hampshire.
Johnson believes that the nation faces financial collapse and does not think that the debt ceiling should have been raised, despite the difficulties that not doing so would have created.