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February 14, 2012Posted in Blog

The daylight between Paul and Johnson
By Maggie Haberman |
2/8/12 10:52 PM EST

Gary Johnson, plugging away in his bid to become a third-party candidate on the Libertarian line, is laying out the differences between himself and Ron Paul, who has not definitively ruled out a third-party bid of his own and whose following would dovetail with people seeking an alternative, singling out abortion, treating Israel as an “important ally” and believing in marriage equality.

“I support a woman’s right to choose,” Johnson said this week. “I do believe that Israel is an important ally and will remain so in the future…I do believe in marriage equality.”

“I think those are the differences,” he said. “For the most part, though, I think we are saying the same things. And I don’t think he’s going to win the Republican nomination and so being a spokesman for this agenda and these issues, i believe that continuing to talk about them is important.”

Where Paul’s followers go when the nomination fight is over - and assuming, as many do, that he opts against a third-party run of his own - is an open question. Even with his poorer-than-expected showings in some of the caucus contests, he’s the closest thing to a movement candidate this cycle.

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