Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate

Former Governor of New Mexico

Gary Earl Johnson
Born: January 1st, 1953  (age 64)

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Gary Johnson on Capital Punishment

JOHN STOSSEL: Alright, lightning round. Do you support the death penalty?

GARY JOHNSON: No, I do not support the death penalty.

1 April, 2016: Libertarian Presidential Forum, Fox Business Network

SCOTT HOLLERAN: You state that “no criminal or terrorist suspect captured by the U.S. should be subject to physical or psychological torture.” On what moral grounds should our government be precluded from using torture to protect our nation from foreign enemies that seek to destroy the United States through subversive terrorist activity?

GARY JOHNSON: I just think that there’s no end to that. Let’s say we know there’s a bomb ticking, so we have to torture this guy - that’s the argument for the death penalty - but the law that gets written also is public policy which allows us to put someone who’s innocent to death. The basis of our country is that we protect the innocent. Are we going to torture people to prevent nuclear briefcase bombs? It amounts to the ends justify the means.

HOLLERAN: You oppose the death penalty. Why?

JOHNSON: As governor of New Mexico, I was a bit naïve and I did not think the government made mistakes with regard to the death penalty. I came to realize that they do. I don’t want to put one innocent person to death to punish 99 who are guilty.

August 21, 2011: Interview with Gary Johnson by Scott Holleran

“I believe in the death penalty … I believe in an eye for an eye. I believe that if you kill somebody, you should pay for that act with your own life. But I have become convinced that the death penalty as public policy is flawed and shouldn’t exist.”

20 January, 2002: Only Governor Knows Death Penalty Stance, Albuquerque Journal

“If you have committed murder, I happen to believe that you should pay for that with your own life.”

9 December, 2000: Death penalty opponents seek to repeal NM law, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

“I have no plans to render a stay on his execution […] Terry Clark committed the crimes that he has been convicted of. I happen to think that's just punishment for him […] I will sleep soundly, in regards to Terry Clark. I happen to support the death penalty for individuals who commit these types of crimes.”

August 28, 2001: Governor: I won't stop Terry Clark execution, Amarillo Globe-News

(Note: Terry Clark who was convicted of kidnapping and raping six-year-old Donita Welch and nine-year-old Dena Lynn Gore. Clark also murdered Gore. Clark was executed by lethal injection on November 6, 2001.)

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