After appearing to have given some friendly words to Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and stating that Johnson won’t get his nod, Libertarian legend, Ron Paul, made it clear in a later interview that he hasn’t really endorsed anybody.
“I said if the independents who don’t know what to do and who should they pick, I say if you tend to lead progressivism and liberalism and you are interested in expressing yourself—you can vote for the Green Party,” he said. “I think she’s probably best on foreign policy at the moment. But on Gary Johnson, he does not come across with a crisp libertarian message.”
Indeed, Johnson has disappointed many a libertarian, and apostate Republican with his sudden swings to the left. Be it carbon taxes, or Nazi wedding cakes. It’s stance that’s caused many to second guess their settling on Johnson as their candidate, or at least feel rather uneasy about it.
Paul holds that every party defends a liberty of some kind, and if you were to put them together, you’d have the perfect freedom party.
“Liberty is all chopped to pieces,” Paul said. “Liberals defend some parts of liberty and conservatives other parts and progressives are pretty good too on foreign policy.”
Regardless of not backing Stein, Johnson not receiving Ron Paul’s endorsement is surely a heavy blow for the Libertarian candidate. Ron Paul’s fan base, primarily consisting of young libertarians, would have been a huge get for the Johnson campaign. That Paul is keeping Johnson at arms length may serve to make Johnson’s support base all the more shaky.
How this will affect Johnson’s campaign may be seen in the coming days, but Johnson has gotten some stellar endorsements from other sources, such as famous talk show host Glenn Beck, and major publications like the Chicago Tribune.