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Despite not being invited to debate, Gary Johnson says he’s ‘made the cut’

June 15, 2011Posted in Blog, Foreign Policy, Gov. Gary Johnson, Interview, New Hampshire

From the Foster’s Daily Democrat by Jennifer Keefe

DOVER — Former Gov. Gary Johnson, R-N.M., will freely admit he “got screwed” by not being invited to Monday night’s Republican debate.

“I never envisioned not being at the debate table,” he told the Foster’s editorial board during a meeting Tuesday.

He was quick to add, “But the best revenge is success.”

The two-term governor, who calls himself “the people’s president,” is capitalizing on his accomplishments in New Mexico as he struggles to gain momentum in a race already framed by front-runners Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, and Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann.

Johnson, however, sees the race as “completely wide open” and attributes Romney’s success in the polls to nothing more than name familiarity.

“I’m on the list; I’ve made the cut,” Johnson said. “I want to hang my hat on the fact that I did a really good job as governor.”

He boasts having vetoed more bills than — he conjectured — all other governors in the country combined.

“That stands up for the notion that smaller government is the best government,” he said. “Businesses went to sleep at night with a certainty that Johnson wasn’t going to pass rules and regulations that weren’t justified.”

He sees the presidency as following much the same principle.

“What’s the legislation and how is this going to benefit citizens in the country?” he said.

His plans would include a balanced budget for 2013 — addressing Medicare, Medicaid, reforming Social Security and cutting military spending. He would abolish the federal corporate income tax to make America the only place to grow and nurture business.

It’s a plan he said is “tough medicine,” but it’s the shock the American people need to go through in order to survive.

“Better the tough medicine than to actually die,” he said.

And, he said, no amount of struggle would be worse than the shock of the actual collapse of the dollar.

“By setting the stage, rebooting and by getting us on a fundamental basis that from that point forward everything gets better and every single year it gets better,” he said. “And if we don’t do this, I’m going to suggest that we’re going to be left with nothing.”

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