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Gary Johnson’s curious campaign for president

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By Hal Rhodes

It has now been almost a month and a-half since former Gov. Gary Johnson announced his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, yet it’s still unclear why he’s running.
A Gallup poll last week attempted to measure the name recognition among rank and file Republicans of the real or rumored potential candidates for the party’s nomination.
Johnson came in dead last, trailing even a former pizza chain executive, Herman Cain, who recently made it official that he also seeks the GOP nomination.
Admittedly, a month and a-half is not a lot of time for Johnson to blossom into a household name down at Republican grassroots. Still, for him to lag behind a former pizza czar who seemingly materialized from out of nowhere hardly augers well for Johnson.
His campaign has been uphill from the git-go and the hill seems to be getting steeper. Nor does it help that Johnson is routinely ignored by the media, major and minor.   
Ask almost anybody what they have seen or heard about the former governor’s campaign since hitting the campaign trail, and if the reactions are anything like this reporter has gotten, the only thing folks seem to recall is that the legendary country and pop singer Willie Nelson has withdrawn his earlier endorsement of Johnson.


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