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Bridget Johnson


October 4, 2012 - 12:37 pm

Far from declaring a winner last night, the Libertarian Party candidate who unsuccessfully tried to be the third-party on the debate stage declared that “Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are nibbling around the edges of the nation’s problems.”

“We don’t have time to nibble — we need to devour them,” said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

“We didn’t see a debate tonight,” Johnson said in a statement today. “We saw two slightly differing versions of defending the Republican and Democrat status quo that has given us war after war after war, a $16 trillion debt, and a government that is the answer to everything.”

Johnson held a live response on YouTube during the debate.

“Nowhere was there a real plan for reducing government, balancing the budget any time in the foreseeable future, or a path that will actually put Americans back to work,” he said. “We heard two politicians arguing over which of their plans for government-run health care is less bad. We heard fantasies about balancing the budget while not reducing Medicare costs.”

The governor’s campaign also tweeted during the presidential debate: “Romneycare. Obamacare. Po-tay-to. Po-tah-to. No matter what you call it, it’s still the same thing.”

At one point, #GaryJohnsonForPresident was trending nationwide.

“Obama and Romney are the last politicians I would ever trust to discuss a big bold idea,” he tweeted. “Obama & Romney are fighting over how to NOT reduce Medicare costs, while balancing the budget. Lunacy. Lunacy. Lunacy.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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