Libertarian Gary Johnson launches presidential bid

Gary Johnson Enters Presidential Race as Libertarian Candidate

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson joined the crowded field of candidates seeking the White House on Wednesday.

Johnson first announced his campaign on Fox Business Network, quickly following up with the now-standard Twitter declaration.

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 3: Gov. Gary Johnson, former Governor of NM, speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 26: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson pretends to have a heart attack on stage while arguing in favor of legalization of marijuana during CPAC in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015. Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., not pictured, had just argued during their debate that marijuana caused an increased risk of heart attacks. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks in the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate featured the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

"I want to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for president. I am hoping to get the Libertarian nomination for president in 2016," Gary Johnson said in his TV announcement.

Johnson has been a harsh critic of Republican front-runner Donald Trump already in the last few months, saying the fellow businessman-turned-politician appeals to "racist" voters.

He also touted his ability to potentially win votes from both Democratic- and Republican-leaning voters, but that his ultimate goal is to run a reasonable campaign.

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"On my deathbed, I'm hoping that I look back and believe that I was the voice of reason in all this, regardless of how many votes I end up garnering," he also said.

He ran for president in 2012 as well, initially seeking the Republican nomination. He later switched parties and became the Libertarian nominee instead. His ticket, which garnered more than a million votes on Election Day 2012 -- almost one percent of the popular vote -- became the most successful third-party ticket since Ralph Nader's run in 2000.

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Johnson launched his political career as a staunch fiscal conservative with more progressive views on social issues. He was an early supporter of the legalization of marijuana.

He was jokingly known as "Governor Veto" while serving in New Mexico in the 1990s, for his aggressive use of veto and line-item veto power.

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