If Gary Johnson is going to come close to cracking single digits in November’s presidential election the Libertarian Party nominee will need the backing of Ron Paul supporters like Sean Melancon, who watched Johnson speak yesterday afternoon at the Ron Paul Festival.
“I made the shift to Gary Johnson because Mitt Romney is way down on my list of people I’d want in charge of this country,” said Melancon, 20, shortly after Johnson finished speaking before several hundred people.
“You know, Gary wants to keep Guantanamo open, but he’s with Paul on like 98% of same stuff. But in the end, though, it doesn’t really matter because the establishment will be elected, Obama or Romney. I would guess [a] majority of the people here are here to support Gary Johnson and libertarianism and liberty,” he said.
Melancon’s friend, Blake Magnus, is a fan of Paul too, and is backing Johnson in the general election. “Gary Johnson is the only option on the ballot who will make our voice heard on the issues we really care about,” said Magnus, 20.
Magnus, a resident of South Carolina who joined the Paul movement when he was just 15 years old in 2008, thinks Paul supporters will get behind Johnson because of his foreign policy positions and his support for ending the Federal Reserve.
CONTINUED at Reason. Written by Garrett Quinn.