Gary Johnson to appear in Thursday night’s Republican debate

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 23:07 EDT
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Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson will be included in the Fox News/Google Debate in Orlando on September 22, despite objections from the Florida Republican Party.

The former Governor of New Mexico and libertarian is an outspoken opponent of the drug war, is in favor of same sex marriage, and supports withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. He also wants to cut Medicare by 43 percent and eliminate “all the mandates,” leaving it to states to set up their own health plans.

Johnson participated in the Fox News presidential debate in May, but not in subsequent debates.

He was able to participate in Thursday’s debate, along with eight other presidential candidates, after Fox made a slight change to their requirements. Under the tweaked requirements, in order to participate in the debate candidates needed to poll at least 1 percent in the last five polls in which they were presented as an option.

The debate will be broadcast live on Fox News and live-streamed on Google-owned YouTube.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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