Gary Johnson 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORMER JUDGE CALLS
ORGANIZATIONS TO INCLUDE GOV. GARY JOHNSON IN POLLS
July 5, 2012, Newport Beach, Calif.
– In letters sent to major
polling organizations and media executives, former California Superior
Court Judge and Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee Jim Gray is
urging that presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary
Johnson be included in polls that will be used to determine
participation in fall presidential debates.
Pointing out that Johnson will likely be on the ballot in all 50 states
along with President Obama and Mitt Romney, and that various state
polls indicate Johnson already impacting the race, Gray’s letter
states, “Recent polls suggest Gov. Johnson’s inclusion has an impact on
'head-to-head' results, even at this early stage and before spending a
penny on paid media. In addition, as you know, candidates’
participation in the all-important debates this October, as determined
by the Commission on Presidential Debates, is based on polling data.
Obviously, it is impossible to qualify on the basis of polls when a
candidate is not included in those polls.”
In addition to a requirement that a presidential candidate be polling
15 percent or more in five national polls, the debate commission
requires that a candidate appear on enough state ballots to
Electoral College majority, at least 270 votes. Gov. Johnson has
already met that requirement.
The full text of Gray’s letter:
writing to you on behalf of Libertarian Party presidential candidate
Gary Johnson to request that he be listed as an option in your
presidential polls leading up to the November election.
polls suggest Gov. Johnson’s inclusion has an impact on “head-to-head”
results, even at this early stage and before spending a penny on paid
media. In addition, as you know, candidates’ participation in the
all-important debates this October, as determined by the Commission on
Presidential Debates, is based on polling data. Obviously, it is
impossible to qualify on the basis of polls when a candidate is not
included in those polls.
When included in polls, Johnson has proven to be a factor. Look at the
May surveys conducted by Public Policy Polling, Johnson is favored by
voters at the following rates: 9 percent in Arizona and 7 percent in
New Hampshire. A Reason-Rupe poll indicated he’s at 5 percent in
Wisconsin, within the margin separating President Obama and Mitt Romney
in that state.
These results suggest Gov. Johnson has the backing to affect the
Johnson is working to prove he has enough support nationwide to earn a
spot on the debate stage alongside Obama and Romney. According to the
Commission on Presidential Debates’ official eligibility guidelines, a
candidate must “have a level of support of at least 15 percent of the
national electorate as determined by five selected national public
opinion polling organizations, using the average of those
organizations’ most recent publicly reported results at the time of the
everywhere are showing they have an appetite for a third-party
candidate. Unlike other non-major-party candidates, Gov. Johnson will
likely be on the ballot in all 50 states. That fact alone justifies his
inclusion in legitimate presidential polls.
don’t hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or would
like to discuss further the viability of Gov. Johnson’s candidacy.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Judge James P. Gray
Libertarian nominee for Vice President of the United States
presidential candidate Gary Johnson: Gary Johnson, two-term governor of
New Mexico from 1995-2003, has been a consistent advocate for limited,
efficient government and personal liberty. Johnson switched from the
Republican Party to the Libertarian Party on Dec. 28, 2011. As the
Libertarian Party nominee, Johnson will appear on all 50 states'
ballots. An outspoken pro-Constitution Libertarian, Johnson would end
the war in Afghanistan now. He opposes the failed multi-billion dollar
war on drugs and demands greater transparency at the Federal Reserve.
As president, Johnson would cut federal spending by 43 percent, slash
debt and make government live within its means while reducing taxes and
regulation to foster real job creation and economic opportunity like he
did in eight years as governor. The National Review said he was "#1" in
job creation as governor. An avid skier and bicyclist, he has reached
the highest peaks on four of the seven continents, including Mount