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Submission + - Gary Johnson 2012 picking up steam (

Elwar123 writes: The push to draft Gary Johnson to run for president in 2012 has picked up some steam in the past month. The site,, set up as a grassroots effort to draft Gary Johnson has garnered over 6,000 views in the month of October, more than doubling the previous month's views.

As the Internet community starts hearing about the former New Mexico governor, who is known for his fiscal discipline and vetoing over 750 bills during his two terms, they seek out more information. The website comes up #1 on a google search for "Gary Johnson 2012" and #2 after wikipedia on a search just for the name "Gary Johnson".

Considering Governor Johnson has not been in the public spotlight as a possible Republican candidate for 2012, this is a significant start for what could be a repeat of the Internet dominance held by Ron Paul in the 2008 presidential campaign. The website shows the website with just over 5,000 views for the last month, this from a candidate who is actively running a Senate campaign.

Submission + - Gary Johnson setting up possible run for 2012 (

Elwar123 writes: Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has set the initial gears into motion of a 2012 presidential run.
He has set up a 527 PAC called the Our America Initiative to get his views out to the voters and written a book due out in December.

The book, titled "Seven Principles of Good Government" revolves around his political philosophy he used to be the first governor to win twice in a Democrat heavy state.

1. Become reality driven. Don't kid yourself or others. Find out what's what and base your decisions and actions on that.
2. Always be honest and tell the truth. It's extremely difficult to do any damage to anybody when you are willing to tell the truth-regardless of the consequences.
3. Always do what's right and fair. Remember, the more you actually accomplish, the louder your critics become. You've got to learn to ignore your critics. You've got to continue to do what you think is right. You've got to maintain your integrity.
4. Determine your goal, develop a plan to reach that goal, and then act. Don’t procrastinate.
5. Make sure everybody who ought to know what you’re doing knows what you’re doing. Communicate.
6. Don’t hesitate to deliver bad news. There is always time to salvage things. There is always time to fix things. Henry Kissinger said that anything that can be revealed eventually should be revealed immediately.
7. Last, be willing to do whatever it takes to get your job done. If you’ve got a job that you don’t love enough to do what it takes to get your job done, then quit and get one that you do love, and then make a difference.

The website lists the following accomplishments by Governor Johnson:
*He didn't raise taxes as Governor once.
*He vetoed over 1,000 spending items.
*He cut taxes 14 times.
*In a state dominated 2 to 1 by Democrats, he served 2 terms.
*He competed in the Bataan Memorial Death March, a 25 mile desert run in combat boots wearing a 35 pound backpack.
*He participated in Hawaii's invitation-only Ironman Triathalon Championship, several times.
*He climbed to the top of Mount Everest, despite a broken leg.

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