Election 101: Who is Gary Johnson?

Gary Johnson, who has already scaled Mt. Everest, has chosen the presidency as his next summit.

3. Where does he stand on the issues?

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New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson discusses the possibilities of legalization of drugs 22 April, 2001 on NBC's "Meet the Press" during a taping at the NBC studios in Washington, DC.

Johnson has fiscally-conservative but socially-progressive views. He champions smaller government, lower taxes, looser business regulations, marijuana legalization, gay unions, and pro-choice politics. He’s often said his highest priority is balancing America’s federal budget. Johnson is also a staunch opponent of US involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has called for an end to military exercises in those countries.

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