11/05/2012 06:17 pm ET

Gary Johnson: 'I Think Obama's Going To Win'


Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico who became the Libertarian Party presidential nominee this year after a failed GOP presidential bid, believes President Barack Obama will be elected to a second term when all is said and done.

“I think Obama’s going to win, that’s what I think,” Johnson said in an interview with Politico.

That doesn't mean he supports the president. Johnson told Politico that it doesn't really matter who wins on Tuesday, as both candidates will continue "unsustainable spending."

Johnson's campaign as a Republican failed to gain traction in 2011, so he dropped out, opting to run as a Libertarian Party candidate. He sealed the nomination in May, running on a fiscally conservative, socially liberal platform that includes huge spending and entitlement cuts, sweeping calls for scaling back foreign intervention and decriminalizing marijuana, among other issues.

National polling has shown Johnson only hovering in the single digits, but some have suggested that his presence on the ballot could shake up the presidential race in some key states. In Colorado, Johnson's stance on marijuana and strong campaign against the war on drugs could sap vital votes from liberal-leaning voters who might otherwise vote for Obama. Some have predicted that Johnson could take a much more devastating toll on Mitt Romney in the battleground state of Ohio, where he could leach votes from highly conservative or libertarian voters not satisfied with Romney's credentials.

Whatever happens on Election Day, Johnson has said that he plans to remain in the national discussion, using his influential social media presence to promote the Libertarian Party and third-party efforts.



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