Gary Johnson isn’t officially running for president in 2016, but he appears to be inching closer to that decision. Other than expressing an intention to run, he has not made a formal announcement, nor even filed candidacy papers with the FEC.
Yet in an exclusive interview for IVN, Johnson suggests that his potential candidacy for the Libertarian nomination is advancing toward another serious run.
Johnson, governor of New Mexico between 1994 and 2003, was the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate in 2012.
“We learned a lot in 2012,” Johnson said when asked what would be different in a 2016 campaign. He elaborated:
“Looking back, much of what I did in terms of scheduling and travel was not very efficient. The sheer number of people who must be reached demands absolute efficiency and not wasting time in unproductive activities. A 2016 campaign will be much smarter and much more efficient.” – Gary Johnson
Johnson, an avid skier, Ironman athlete, and mountain climber, has clearly faced tough challenges before. Yet the campaign trail is not a trek he particularly enjoys. When asked about this, he replied, “No, I’m not fond of it, but it is worth it to make that difference.”
Much like scaling a peak, elections and campaigning are more about the end goal for Johnson.“I really enjoyed serving as governor. It brought me great satisfaction, and I was able to make a difference,” he explained. “The same would be true of serving as president. I would never run for president if I didn’t want to be president.”