Gary Johnson Completes Swing Through Florida, Including 3 Events in Jacksonville
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson visited Florida last week, launching his tour of the state with a trio of events right here in Jacksonville.
Johnson, a former Republican who is now the Libertarian Party's nominee for President, spoke to a crowd of around 40 people during an afternoon visit to the Southeast Regional Library on Tuesday. In addition to shrinking the overall size of government, the candidate addressed the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's health care reforms. Johnson, a strong advocate of free markets, was sharply critical of both the President and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who has promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something else.
Romney has promised to both balance the Federal budget and increase spending on Medicare and the military, according to Johnson.
"I finished the second grade and the mathematics that went along with that," said the Libertarian nominee. "And Romney's a smart guy, but it doesn't add up."
Johnson also told the crowd that when he was Governor of New Mexico, he vetoed spending more than the other 49 governors combined.
The library event was open to the public and was book-ended by a lunchtime fundraiser and an evening get together at Sneaker's Sports Bar in the Baymeadows area. It was at that event where Johnson told the assembled libertarians he hoped that he carry the party's banner in the 2016 election as well, noting he was running a frugal campaign that has depended almost entirely on small donors.
After departing Jacksonville, the Johnson campaign headed south for events in Orlando and Tampa. On Friday, he threw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game in Dunedin.