Gary Johnson wants you to waste your vote on him

Johnson is known best perhaps for his pro-pot stance, which could seriously hurt Barack Obama in the critical battleground state of Colorado. The Rocky Mountain State votes next week on Amendment 64, a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol.

Last month, a Denver Post poll found that Amendment 64 has the support of 51 percent of likely voters surveyed, compared with 40 percent opposed.

Oregon and Washington also have pro-pot measures on their state ballots.

The former New Mexico GOP governor is quite conservative on fiscal issues, but is liberal on social issues, like weed. He supports gay marriage, and opposes U.S. military interventions in other countries. He would also withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, and wants to greatly reduce Pentagon spending.

Johnson's Florida Facebook page has 1,327 likes.

I'm not talking trash. The title of this post was the subject of an email that the Johnson for President campaign sent out last night — a line that has become something of a theme for the Libertarian presidential candidate.

Last week in Chicago, at a debate featuring Johnson and three other third-party candidates — including the Green Party's Jill Stein, whom CL interviewed over the weekend and will soon post the story — Johnson used the phrase in his closing remarks.

"Wasting your vote is voting for somebody that you don't believe in. That's wasting your vote. I'm asking everybody here, I'm asking everybody watching this nationwide, to waste your vote on me," he said.

Last week, Johnson began airing a campaign ad in select markets, touting his anti-war credentials:


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