Gary Johnson on 2016: ‘This is the demise of the Republican Party’


While finishing a long bike ride in New Mexico the other day Governor Gary Johnson sat down  with CNBC to talk about the Presidential election.

In this interview, Governor Johnson discussed how this election will be the demise of the Republican Party.

We couldn’t agree more!

TAOS, New Mexico — Gary Johnson has always cut a distinctive political profile.

After growing up in Albuquerque, he built a successful construction business while nurturing his hobby as an endurance athlete.

In 1994, at age 41, he entered politics by running for governor of New Mexico as a Republican. He rode his party’s national tide — that was the year Republicans captured both houses of Congress — to victory and governed as a strict fiscal conservative.

Now, turned off by the GOP’s social conservatism and truculent immigration stance, he seeks the presidency as the Libertarian Party nominee with an idiosyncratic agenda. He favors smaller government in the social as well as economic realm, including legalization of marijuana. His running mate, William Weld, who served as governor of Massachusetts in the 1990s, is also a former Republican.

Johnson discussed his campaign with me over huevos rancheros in a restaurant near his home in this scenic city. What follows is a condensed, edited transcript of our conversation.

Check out the video clips of the interview here.

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