7 Scary Facts About Gary Johnson (And One Awesome Fact)

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President, and a former governor of New Mexico, is predicted to win about 9 percent of the vote nationwide. That’s quite a bit more than the 0.99 percent he won when he ran for President in 2012. But there are many reasons why no one should vote for him.

1.  He Couldn’t Name A Single Foreign Head Of State He Admires.

During a televised town hall meeting, Johnson was asked to name his favorite foreign leader, but could not, saying that he was having an “Aleppo moment.” (This was a reference to an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earlier this month in which the Libertarian appeared clueless about the city that is at the center of Syria’s civil war.) This time Johnson struggled to come up with “the former president of Mexico.” Finally his running mate, Bill Weld, came to the rescue with the name Vicente Fox, putting everyone out of their misery.

2. He Supports the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Last November, in a huge win for environmentalists, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. Gary Johnson, however, has stated that he would support it“I completely support the Keystone Pipeline if it’s not an issue of the government implementing eminent domain to procure right of ways… I really don’t understand where the regulatory hurdles are… I would certainly remove the regulatory hurdles,” he said.

3. He Believes There Should Be No Restrictions On Firearms.

Here’s  what Johnson had to say when he was interviewed by Pedro Echevarria last May: “If you outlaw guns, criminals will have guns. If you outlaw the number of bullets in a magazine, only the criminals will have bullets in the magazine. Gun control sounds terrific, but at the end of the day, it makes this country less safe. This is the Second Amendment. The constitution guarantees all of us the right to bear arms.”

4. He Is In Favor Of Fracking.

Johnson admits that fracking is neither efficient nor environmentally safe, but thinks we ought to pursue and improve on it anyway. “I have spoken to my former environmental secretary,” he told ProCon.org, “and what he says regarding fracking is that it’s only 10% effective, that there are environmental concerns, and that he believes that more research needs to be done on fracking. Number one, it could become much more effective, meaning it could have a much higher yield. So it sounds very pragmatic to me.”

5. He Wants To Keep The Government Out Of Climate Change.

Johnson does not deny climate change, or that it is human-made, but he doesn’t want the government intervening to stop it. “I accept the fact that there is global warming and I accept the fact that it’s man caused,” the candidate told Rolling Stone. “That said, I am opposed to cap and trade. I’m a free market guy when it comes to the clean environment; The number-one factor when it comes to the clean environment is a good economy.”

6.  He Is In Favor Of Big Money In Politics.

When asked whether corporations and unions (Super PACs) should be allowed to donate to political candidates, Johnson replied, “Yes, any restriction on campaign spending violates the first amendment.” This pretty much reflects what he told The New American in 2012: “I think it [Citizens United] comes under the First Amendment, that they should be able to contribute as much money as they want.” 

7. A President Johnson Would Get Rid Of Obamacare.

Here’s what the Libertarian candidate said in 2011: “I would do everything I could to repeal President Obama’s health care plan. I think that very simply we can’t afford it. The long-term solution to health care is a free market approach to health care. And by the way, health care in this country is about as far removed from free market as it possibly could be.”

That would jeopardize health care for more than 16 million Americans and strip regulations that make sure all people are insured no matter what their health status is.

However, there is at least one positive aspect of Gary Johnson: He’s probably the healthiest candidate for President.

And One Awesome Fact!

As NPR reports,

Johnson has run 17 marathons, four Ironman Triathlons, is an active rock climber, and has climbed the seven highest summits on every continent, including Mount Everest (just after breaking a leg!). His doctor writes that Johnson, who weighs 172 pounds and has normal blood pressure and pulse, exercises about an hour a day.”


Photo Credit: Gary Johnson


Crystal G
Crystal Gabout a year ago

So I take it you kinda like him.

Ricky T.
Ricky T2 years ago

Nah, the awesome doesn't outweigh the scary...

W. C.
W. C2 years ago

Thank you.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Joanna M.
Joanna M2 years ago

Tell Care2 we demand fair and unbiased election for BOTH candidates!!

Eric Lees
Eric Lees2 years ago

@Brian F

What is Gary lying about? Having a position on something that is different than yours does not make him a liar and he is certainly not in the same class as Hillary.

If you understood economics better you would understand Gary's positions better. He is not against all regulation nor is he against addressing Global Warming. Libertarians believe and it is supported by facts that it is always better to let the market deal with issues rather than the heavy hand of government.

Johnson & Stein actually align pretty closely on many issues. They both want Peace. The biggest difference is Liberty.

ERIKA S2 years ago


Brian F.
Brian F2 years ago

He's a liar like Hillary who supports natural gas fracking. Gary's position on Global Warming is also unacceptable. He doesn't want the government to set a policy to deal with Global Warming. This is why we need Jill Stein, who is honest, and doesn't support the Keystone pipeline or natural gas fracking like this liar Gary Johnson, and Hillary Clinton.

Eric Lees
Eric Lees2 years ago

Another scary fact about Johnson.

He tells the truth unlike the 2 Oligarchy candidates. Do people like being lied to? Do they know the truth but refuse to deal with reality and prefer politicians that lie to them?

ERIKA S2 years ago