Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is running for president in the Libertarian Party. He announced his candidacy while appearing as a guest on Fox Business Network's "Coast to Coast" program.
Johnson was the Libertarian Party's nominee in the 2012 election. He finished in a distant third place, but received more votes than any Libertarian candidate in history.
In a press release, Johnson presented himself as an alternative to the "broken" two-party system:
“Our system is broken. The two ‘major’ parties have become slightly different shades of the same big government, big debt and ineffective status quo. I am convinced that Americans are ready to send Washington, DC, a message, to reject the status quo and break up the political duopoly that can’t even come up with a real budget and that is fundamentally incapable of change. What is missing is a belief that there is an alternative, a belief that the rigged game can, indeed, be broken up.
“As a successful former Governor, an entrepreneur and a proven advocate for smaller government and greater freedom, I intend to offer Americans the alternative they seek.
“Liberty and the freedom to succeed are the real American values, and I’m running for President to restore those values, make America genuinely safe, and put an end to a tired status quo that has given us nothing but debt, less freedom and well-founded fears about the future we are creating for our children and grandchildren.”
Johnson joins a handful of other candidates seeking the Libertarian Party's nomination.