Video: Gary Johnson, Libertarian presidential candidate, turns Boulder upside-down

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Video below.
Our recent Gary Johnson Q&A found the Libertarian presidential candidate focusing heavily on Colorado. But he expanded his scope during an appearance at CU-Boulder last night, which turned the audience on its head -- at least judging by a video of his speech that we found, which is shot upside-down. Update: We've now got a right-side-up version. See it and a new campaign commercial airing in Colorado below.

Johnson began his talk, held at a packed CU-Boulder mathematics building classroom, on an unusual note -- by sharing his experiences as an entrepreneur and an athlete and discussing how the lessons he learned can impact people's lives in a positive way. Only afterward did he get into specific policy, noting differences between him and his two main rivals, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. For instance, he pointed out that he's the only member of the trio who wants to get troops out of Afghanistan immediately and sees no wisdom in bombing Iran. Likewise, he emphasized that his leadership style involves good business practices coupled with a complete disinterest in what people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms.

Another major theme -- dismissing the theory that marking a ballot for him is a wasted vote. In words quoted by the Boulder Daily Camera, he said, "Wasting your vote is voting for someone you don't believe in." He believes that earning 5 percent of the votes cast will shake the current two-party system to its core.

See and hear the entire speech below. That's followed by Johnson's first campaign commercial, which began airing last night in Colorado on outlets such as MSNBC.

More from our Politics archive: "Gary Johnson wants to 'shout from the rooftops' that Colorado can change the world."

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I'm a 19 year old student from South Florida. I checked out Ron Paul during the Republican Primaries, and he was speaking the TRUTH. After he fell out, I stopped following until the RNC picked up. After the RNC decided Mitt Romney was the best pick and I disagreed, I began to weigh in the options as the months progressed, until I looked into Gary Johnson... After thoroughly checking him out, and the Libertarian party, it clicked! Ron Paul ran for President AS A LIBERTARIAN before. His ideas are shared with the Libertarian Party, my decision from there was to not ONLY vote for GJ this year, but take the Libertarian party as a serious consideration as who I am affiliated with.Thank you Dr. Paul & GO GARY JOHNSON!Youth For Liberty!


Im voting for gary johnson like a real american should. obama and romney are the same. maybe you should do more research through the internet, not telivision.

it would be foolish to prove me wrong or to push me to vote to a corrupt dictator.


Hello, my fellow American voters!


I watched the Oct. 3rd, 11th, 16th, and 22nd debates.

1st Romney-Obama debate covered 7 topics:  jobs; budget deficit/debt; social security/entitlements; federal gov’t economic regulation and role; healthcare; partisan gridlock.

2nd Romney-Obama debate covered 11 topics:  college graduate jobs; gas prices; taxes; equal pay; Bush policies; Obama’s record; illegal immigrants; Libya; assault weapons; jobs; candidate misperceptions.

3rd Romney-Obama debate covered 10 topics:  Libya; Syria; Egypt; U.S. world role; military spending; Israel; Iran; Afghanistan; China; U.S. national security threats.

Ryan-Biden debate covered 10 topics:  Libya; Iran; economy; medicare/social security/entitlements; tax reform/spending/budget cuts; military policy; Afghanistan; Syria; abortion; negative campaign tactics.


Romney and Ryan won all 4 debates, although Obama improved some in the 2nd debate and Romney slightly took the win both in the 2nd and 3rd debates.

In the 3rd debate (unlike in prior debates), Obama reflected his weakness and disrespect by interrupting Romney a lot and using too many “one-line quips” to try to denigrate Romney.


Ryan won despite Biden’s consistently rude behavior during the debate (often interrupted Ryan, laughed when Ryan talked, pointed his finger).  Biden’s tactics to evade issues/truth disrespected Americans interested in facts, figures, forecasts, and solutions for real people with real problems.


Romney and Ryan won with substance, directness, integrity, respect, clarity, facts, commitment, inspiration, credibility, and leadership. 


As an INDEPENDENT female feminist (egalitarian) voter, I support the Romney/Ryan ticket.

Romney and Ryan, with their no-nonsense and methodic approach to solving America’s problems, are the best persons in terms of qualifications and character to lead our country and make life better for all Americans.


I am inspired by Romney/Ryan, and I hope that you are too!


Best regards,


Cas Lee


I'm voting for gary johnson and You should too. I want him to get at least the 5% needed to get Federal matching funds for 2016 cause he has already stated that he is mounting a serious attempt to run in 2016


I would vote for Gary Johnson before I vote for Romney. Johnson is much better than Romney.

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 @EvoQ -- Mitt Romney thanks you or your vote.

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 @EvoQ Thanks for sharing your thoughts, EvoQ.

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I'd vote for a Black Muslim Socialist Kenyan without a birth certificate before I'd vote for a multi-millionaire Mormon Repuglycan.





 @DonkeyHotay  @EvoQ A vote for Obama is a vote for Romney. Both believe in giving more power and control to government at the expense of the people.


 @DonkeyHotay  @NUKO43 A vote for either one of the establishment candidates put forward by the two branches of the ruling Demopublican cartel is a wasted vote.

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