Libertarian Party releases first ad featuring Gary Johnson
Posted at: 05/24/2012 7:20 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Gary Johnson continues his long shot against-the-odds campaign for the U.S. presidency, with a new internet ad that hits hard on the issue of war and peace.
The new ad for the Libertarian Party candidate is so simple and direct, that it's almost staggering in today's political climate.
It’s the stuff politicos call "red meat".
The ad does a slow pull from a crowd of people and tilts its perspective to reveal the peace symbol - the image that galvanized the antiwar movement in Johnson's own youth more than 40 years ago.
It's an unmistakable message that reverberates with millions of Americans - yet you won't see it in the mainstream campaigns of Democrats and Republicans.
It's a message Johnson has stuck with since his switch from republican to Libertarian last December, and his successful quest for that party's presidential nomination.
"I'm doing this today because this is agenda that I think resonates with most Americans," Johnson said in his formal Libertarian announcement last December. "It's an agenda that's not being addressed by either political party."
In fact Johnson was anti-war while he was running for the Republican nomination last year, and even came out against the American invasion of Iraq while he was still governor of New Mexico.
The title of the new ad, true to Johnson's fiscal conservative roots, is "Peace Is Cheaper".
But you're not likely to see the new ad except on the internet.
The Libertarians just don't have the money for national TV at this point. So the big question is - will it reach enough voters to have an impact in November? Stay tuned.