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Meet the Guy With Surprising Poll Numbers Against Clinton, Trump

Libertarian Gary Johnson nabbed 10% in 2 recent matchups

(Newser) - There's a guy who's "having a good day" and emerging with surprising poll numbers against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but he's someone FiveThirtyEight says is easy to confuse with "that plumber who fixed your running toilet last month or your spouse's weird friend... More »

Welcome to the POTUS Race, Gary Johnson

Libertarian and ex-NM governor throws his hat in the ring

(Newser) - In a move Gawker says will "[render] Rand Paul even more irrelevant," former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced Wednesday he's running for president. "I want to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for president; I am hoping to get the Libertarian nomination," Johnson... More »

New European Nation Declared

Thousands want to live in Liberland

(Newser) - There is a staggering amount of bloodshed associated with nationhood movements in the Balkans, but a Czech politician says the new country he has declared is a peaceful—and real—project. On Monday, Vit Jedlicka appointed himself president of Liberland, which sits on 2.7 square miles of what he... More »

A Pizza Delivery Guy Could Upend NC's Senate Race

Libertarian Sean Haugh getting strong poll numbers

(Newser) - Sean Haugh delivers pizza for a living, but he could tip the balance of the North Carolina Senate race, and with it, perhaps, the Senate itself. Haugh is running as the Libertarian candidate, mostly through YouTube videos in which he sips craft beer and offers plainspoken opinions, shot by former... More »

Yes, Rand Paul Could Be the GOP Frontrunner

Steve Kornacki warns us not to count out the a libertarian shift for the GOP

(Newser) - Don't look now, but Rand Paul is becoming a serious contender for the GOP's 2016 nomination , libertarian views and all. When Paul won CPAC's straw poll , he didn't get the chorus of boos that his dad got when he won. Whereas the elder Paul was an... More »

Whole Foods CEO: ObamaCare Is Like Fascism

But ThinkProgress writer begs to differ with John Mackey

(Newser) - Thought Whole Foods founder John Mackey would be an Obama-loving liberal? Not so much. The self-described libertarian, who has compared ObamaCare to socialism in the past, now says "it's more like fascism." The quote comes from a new interview with NPR , and continues: "Socialism is where... More »

Glenn Beck Rebrands the Blaze as Libertarian

And he plans to move offices in New York to 'piss everyone off'

(Newser) - Glenn Beck is jumping back into the fray, announcing plans to take the Blaze and recast it with a Libertarian spin. He'll also be opening three foreign bureaus, starting a nightly news magazine called For the Record, and will relocate his New York staff to a building that will... More »

Secede From the Union? Ron Paul Likes It

Texas lawmaker supports petitions in all 50 states

(Newser) - First, voters in 20 states reacted to President Obama's re-election by signing petitions to secede from the union. Then all 50 states got on board. Now, it's Ron Paul's turn to trumpet the notion of breaking away, Salon reports. "Is all the recent talk of secession... More »

Ron Paul: I Don't Fully Endorse Mitt

Rebuffed at convention, he holds own rally

(Newser) - It's a good thing for Mitt Romney that Ron Paul isn't speaking at the Republican National Convention because ... he doesn't actually endorse the candidate. The GOP apparently tried to throw a bone to the popular loser by offering him an opportunity to speak. But the offer came... More »

Ron, Rand Paul Push Internet Freedom

They want the government to keep its hands off

(Newser) - Ron Paul and his son Rand are backing a libertarian manifesto seeking to defend the Internet from government regulation. "Around the world, the real threat to Internet freedom comes not from bad people or inefficient markets ... but from governments' foolish attempts to manage and control innovation," says the... More »

Ron Paul Has Already Changed the Game

He's nearly brought libertarianism into mainstream: Charles Krauthammer

(Newser) - The "biggest story yet of this presidential campaign"? Easy, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . It's Ron Paul. He has just about brought libertarianism "to a position of prominence in a major party," doing for his cause what Jesse Jackson did for African-Americans in... More »

Kelly Clarkson Sales Soar After She Backs Ron Paul

Coincidence? ... Probably not

(Newser) - Behold the power of Ron Paul's followers: Since Kelly Clarkson tweeted her support for Paul to be the nominee, her album sales have soared, report CNN Money and the Hollywood Reporter . Her latest, Stronger, shot up from No. 38 to No. 7 on Amazon between Thursday and yesterday, with... More »

Gary Johnson Launches Third-Party Bid

Former NM governor will seek Libertarian nomination

(Newser) - Gary Johnson formally launched his bid to run for president as the Libertarian candidate today, declaring himself "liberated" and fed up with the "elitist media organizations" that largely ignored his attempt to run as a Republican, reports CNN . "I'm a Libertarian in belief," said the... More »

Johnson Exits GOP Race to Run as Libertarian

Libertarian Party welcomes former NM gov

(Newser) - Forgot Gary Johnson was seeking the Republican presidential nomination? You wouldn't be alone—which probably explains why the former New Mexico governor has decided to drop his GOP bid and seek the Libertarian nomination instead, according to Politico . Johnson never made much of an impact on the Republican race—... More »

Ron Paul's Star on the Rise

Libertarian could be kingmaker if he wins Iowa

(Newser) - Not many Republicans believe Ron Paul will win their party's nomination, but as he tops polls in Iowa , his power has become impossible for the GOP to ignore, the Washington Post finds. The libertarian congressman has a solid organization, and a big, committed—and largely young—base of followers... More »

Is This Ron Paul's Moment?

Gail Collins admires Paul's consistency, but still concludes he has no chance

(Newser) - Most experts have written off Ron Paul's chances of getting the Republican nomination, but the steady libertarian candidate is "definitely having a moment," writes Gail Collins in the New York Times . Frank and up-front about his beliefs, Paul rarely dodges questions, even about hot-button subjects. "Paul... More »

Pro-Marijuana Gary Johnson Running for President

Former New Mexico governor wants GOP nomination

(Newser) - Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced he's running for president today—with none of that exploratory committee business, thank you. He's in, and he thinks his libertarian views (along the lines of Ron Paul) will earn him Tea Party support and a shot at the GOP nomination,... More »

Cheney, Rumsfeld Booed at CPAC

Ron Paul supporters clash with Bush supporters

(Newser) - The divisions in the Republican Party came into sharp relief last night when Donald Rumsfeld received the “Defenders of the Constitution” award—only to be booed lustily by Ron Paul supporters, many of whom stood up and left the room in protest, CBS News reports. The clamor grew even... More »

GOP Must Throw Rand Paul Under the Bus

Civil Rights Act comments could hurt libertarians everywhere

(Newser) - If Republicans are smart, they'll kick Rand Paul to the curb so fast he won't know what hit him. Paul's statements opposing the public accommodations provision of the Civil Rights Act make him absolutely radioactive, argues David Bernstein of the Boston Phoenix . “I think that Dr. Paul truly does... More »

Tea Party Split Between Sarah Palin, Ron Paul

Libertarians like Paul, conservatives like Palin

(Newser) - Much as there are two Americas, there are two Tea Parties; one that's libertarian, and one that's socially conservative. Politico ran an exit poll on Thursday's massive tax day protest on the Washington Mall and found that about 43% said that the government needed to promote traditional values. Their favorite... More »

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