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Fed Up with Romney, Many 'Ron Paul Republicans' Backing Gary Johnson Instead

Many former Paul backers attended Johnson's event at UNH on Wednesday.

Gary Johnson returned to New Hampshire this week for the first time since December of 2011, when he bowed out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

A year ago, Johnson had trouble drawing a crowd, at times speaking to almost empty rooms despite the fact that he spent as much time in New Hampshire as any other candidate. On Wednesday, about 100 people came to the University of New Hampshire's Memorial Union Building to listen to Johnson speak and answer questions for over an hour.

"I've seen a 100 percent rise in attention," Johnson said.

So what's changed? For one, Johnson is now the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee. But perhaps more important, he's now getting a lot of support from New Hampshire's large contingent of "Ron Paul Republicans," many of them too disgusted by Mitt Romney and the way he's treated Paul to vote for the Republican nominee.

Many of those Paul supporters were at UNH on Wednesday to hear Johnson speak. They see him as a far better alternative than Romney or Barack Obama.

Some of those in attendance were former Paul supporters like Libertarian gubernatorial candidate John Babiarz, state representative candidate Kevin Kervick of Portsmouth, State Rep. Seth Cohn, R-Canterbury, and even former Ron Paul staffer Brian Early of Portsmouth.

Kervick, a Republican, publicly endorsed Johnson on Wednesday, saying he thinks the country is "broken," and he doesn't see the national Republican or Democratic parties doing anything to fix it. He said he still supports Republican candidates for governor and other state offices, but can't bring himself to endorse Romney.

"The way the Republican Party treated Ron Paul supporters, particularly at the convention, was despicable," Kervick said. "That was sort of the last straw for me."

Johnson State Director Hardy Macia, who was with Ron Paul in 2008, said the influx of Ron Paul supporters has breathed life into the Johnson campaign here in New Hampshire.

"Right after the RNC, we saw a big influx of supporters," Macia said. "They've been phone banking, doing sign waves – we have a lot more interest now."

UNH student Kurt Isaak of Londonderry said he was very disappointed with the way Paul supporters were treated by the RNC.

"I found out about Gary Johnson, and he pretty much matched everything I cared about," he said.

Cohn points out that Paul got more than 20 percent of the vote in this year's New Hampshire primary, and if most of them vote for Johnson, "that's a huge number for Gary."

Johnson embraced the many Ron Paul supporters in the room on Wednesday, even going so far as to declare that he's a Ron Paul supporter himself.

"You have two people saying the same thing," he said. "I feel good about the Ron Paul support."

Now Johnson, who is polling at about 5 percent nationally, just has to get the rest of the world to notice him. He said that's his goal over the next several weeks, pushing to be included in the presidential debates so that he can help spread the word about his campaign.

"It's really important that I be in the national debates. It is the way I can win this election," Johnson said. "People are desirous of voting for somebody as opposed to the lesser of two evils."

Sterling D Bushnell September 19, 2012 at 08:14 PM
its not just romney but the national partys in general that i am tired of.
mookieswissnutures@yahoo.com September 19, 2012 at 08:18 PM
★VOTEGARYJOHNSON★
ObserverNH September 19, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I can't vote Gary Johnson because he's for abortion and open borders...
mike jaeger September 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM
People look at Johnson not because how Mitt treated Dr. Paul, but we look at Johnson because what comes out of Mitts mouth. He is a statist who has no idea how to get the economy to recovery. He does not care about inflation, because 9$ gasoline will not impact him. He does not care period. Neither does O. And ObserverNH abortion and open borders rank low on the list of important issues. If you have a savings account and investments, you should be voting GJ. Otherwise, vote for Obama or Romney. But go read Peter Schiffs book Crash Proof first.
mookieswissnutures@yahoo.com September 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Im prolife also but i cant base the whole entire USA folding up on one issue not this year...
Attilane Konczol September 19, 2012 at 11:30 PM
"Live and let live" is a very important part of the libertarian philosophy. I support that thought one hundred percent. I might not agree with you, but I support your( and everybody's) right to have your own opinion, your own values, etc.. Governor Gary Johnson represents this philosophy for me. As for the two major parties: they both want more government. ""Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!" (some scholars say this quote comes from Thomas Jefferson. Either way, it rings very true to me). Gary Johnson understands this principle too.
Joanne Ransing September 19, 2012 at 11:32 PM
The GOP made an awful mistake nominating Mitt Romney. I'm voting for Gary Johnson. Rience Priebus (RNC Chairman) needs to lose his job. The only way the GOP will learn is by losing what should have been an easy election. A vote for Romney is a vote for Obama- they are both Democrats. The only difference is that one of them is a lame duck and the other could last for a scary long 8 years.
Kevin Kervick September 20, 2012 at 12:45 AM
This is my feeling too. Republicans keep the House and improve their numbers in the Senate. Obama will not be able to do much damage. In addition to forcing the national Republicans to reform, an Obama victory would revitalize the opposition big time too. The Tea Party would rediscover its voice. The Liberty Movement will increase its numbers. Republican states must stand firm to oppose federal mandates, nullifying unconstitutional laws if necessary. A Romney win will give us eight years of light socialism, which is a slower road to death.
Cczz September 20, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I'm a Ron Paul Republican, and I'll be voting for Johnson
james September 20, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I like your thought, however the people most definitely fear the government. It is a shame we have come to this point. Not too long ago we were free. There are glimmers of hope, but we need to make it happen. We have to educate the masses on what it is to be an American; free of government control, free to make our choices, free to live our lives.
Mary Saunders September 20, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Sachs v. Sachs. No thanks. I'm voting for Gary Johnson.
Scott Sieverts September 20, 2012 at 08:52 AM
Gary Jonhsons running mate Judge Jim Gray is also a great person with lots of experience in sucessfully dealing with many of the problems American families face each day. Go Gary Johnson!!!!!!
kem63 September 20, 2012 at 08:53 AM
mookieswissnutures@yahoo.com. I agree. I guess I'm half pro-file. life threating, rape, you know. Any how ObserverNH.. I am voting on the issues I know the president can do without congress, abortion and immigration is decided by congress unless the president over reaches his power, henceforth the reason Obama is getting sued so much. The president has control over military except to declare war, he needs congress for that. but he can bring the troops home, end these wars. so you can vote for someone that will not do what he is allowed to do or someone that does. bring the troops home (Johnson) or maybe world war 3 (Romney) or continue the wars till 2014 (Obama). Personally I'm voting for the one that can save lives that will help the economy if these wars ended. unless I find out Johnson is lying, then back to my no count vote for Ron Paul. I refuse to vote for it to be OK to kill our troops and innocent civilians. but thats me, not necessarily you. You need to decide for yourself on how you look at things.
kem63 September 20, 2012 at 09:31 AM
Attilane Konczol ditto I like your thought too. James I remember when we were free, It was not that long ago. things started getting bad after 9/11. What happened to America is not afraid of anything, What happened to America does not give in to tyranny?? America is nothing but scared little rabbits now. What ticks me off is my children will not know what true freedom is.
Mike Parent September 20, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Compare Gary Johnson's record to RMoney's and then tell me who is the better of the two. The GOP chose possibly, one of the worst candidates, ever. Enjoy!
Steven September 20, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Gary Johnson understands what the people want and need. He isn't backed by special interests like Romney or Obama. Johnson believes in less government and more personal freedom. I'm voting for Gary Johnson!
David Lango September 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dmPchuXIXQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player
David Lango September 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM
And more recently http://www.youtube.com/user/StormCloudsGathering
David Kiser September 22, 2012 at 03:13 AM
A vote for Gary Johnson is not a wasted vote. No vote is wasted. Even if he doesn't win, we send the message to the Dems and Repubs that we are sick of see saw government. 4 years of this and 4 years of that and nothing changes. Nothing gets better. It's time for fresh thinking. It's time for Gary Johnson. garyjohnson2012.com Libertarian! Live Free!
Don September 22, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Hi fellow Ron Paul supporters. News Flash!! Romney gets it. Romney is a Ron Paul supporter in secret. We're weeks away from Ron Paul being put in charge of the Fed. Listen to the secret Romney video..what he says when no one is watching.. http://mlb.mlb.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?width=400&height=254&content_id=24925935&property=theblaze Romney gets it but the media prevents him from speaking the truth about how Ron Paul is right.
Old Pizza September 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM
The dems and republicans along with most of the country don't care about a "message" from a tiny minority.
Adriane Evans Adams September 22, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I agree. Virgil Goode is a better choice.
Adriane Evans Adams September 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Why not vote for Virgil Goode? He seems to be closer to Ron Paul on the issues I find more important. There are several things i can't agree with Johnson on, but particularly on the elective abortion issue.
Jay September 25, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Like many politicians, Gary is pro-choice but is a states' rights advocate on the issue. That seems fair and Constitutional in my mind. As far as immigration goes, he's in favor of a very strict, one strike and you're out work visa program. Combine that with his stance on drug legalization and I believe you have the most cost effective, realistic approach to defending our borders. I respect your pro life stance however... if it's a deal breaker then at least you have another Liberty candidate choice in Virgil Goode.
Prolife for Johnson September 27, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I think you should reconsider. While it's true that Gary Johnson is pro-choice, as a Libertarian, his personal views on the abortion issue - however misguided they may be - are not as big a deal as they would be otherwise. In my opinion, the important factor to consider when evaluating Gary Johnson as President - a federal office - is that Gary Johnson would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned. He believes Roe is a huge overstep by the federal government. Gary Johnson may have the wrong idea about abortion, but he doesn't want to impose his personal views on you, or on the country. In a worst case scenario, he wants to leave the issue up to residents of the various states to decide. This is a step in the right direction. Ideally, we'll eventually recognize the unborn as human beings who are deserving of the same protection afforded to all human beings... and I believe that Gary will get there someday as a matter of personal conviction... but for now, baby steps.. and in my opinion, there is no reason a pro-life person can't in good conscience vote for Gary Johnson.
Mike Goulet October 12, 2012 at 07:26 PM
To my way of thinking, there is no choice but Gary Johnson. The antiquated 2 party system not only has big business to placate but influences the media to their way of thinking to the point that we don't know what the truth is anymore. This country needs a breath of fresh air and a new direction. I would only wish that those who are sick and tired of the two party crap, the endless wars, the devaluing of our dollar, our homes, and our retirement accounts, band together and vote for Gary Johnson. While Virgil Goode is a good candidate as well, voting for him or Jill Stein or writing in Ron Paul will only dilute the vote. Right now, the most qualified independent on the ballot is Gary. Choose wisely!

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