AUSTIN (KXAN) – He was the popular Republican Governor of a Democratic state. His running mate is the same but Gary Johnson is the outsider in this election.
He’s fiscally conservative and socially liberal and says while the majority of Americans agree with him, it’s hard to gain traction.
We spoke immigration at the Texas Tribune Festival.
“Immigration is really a good thing. We should be embracing immigration. We should make it as easy as possible to come into this country and work,” said Johnson, describing how a massive wall along the southern border is the wrong way to go.
Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson knows the challenges of governing the southern border.
KXAN’s Phil Prazan told him a recent Texas Tribune and UT-Austin poll showing nearly half of Texans want to deport everyone who came to America illegally.
“I think a lot of that position lies in just misunderstanding,” Johnson said, saying those Texans won’t give him much support.
It’s another example of this libertarian candidate breaking the dogma of both parties. He says 70 percent of Americans do not know who he is but throws of the criticism that he’ll spoil the election for the democrat or republican nominee.
“Fifty percent of America right now are declaring themselves independents. So democrats and republicans do not reflect the majority of Americans that make up majority of independents – I do,” Johnson said.
State by state he’s between ten and nineteen percent in the polls, while not enough to make the debates – he’s hopeful.
“Regardless of how it turns out we’re going to have a healthier system moving forward and I think I’m going to have a bit of a contribution to make that happen,” Johnson said.