Johnson faces tough crowd at Libertarian debate
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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, 2012’s Libertarian nominee and a favorite for this year, faced a tough crowd at a Saturday debate against four other candidates.

The lengthy debate included Johnson, businessman John McAfee, Dr. Marc Feldman, Austin Petersen and Darryl Perry.


The candidates were asked a wide range of questions, including on how the party would affect the general election, immigration, foreign policy, drivers licenses, drug policy and the Federal Reserve in front of a rowdy crowd.

Johnson hit a few tough spots along the way, getting pushback for his political career and more moderate stances — Perry, for example, said everything “should be as legal as tomatoes,” including crystal meth.

Johnson was booed by the audience for saying the government should regulate drivers licenses, stating — but not elaborating — that he would have signed the Civil Rights Act and putting some blame on free markets for the decline of coal companies.

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Johnson and his intended running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, could draw some Democrats and Republicans. But their more generally appealing views and political experience seem to be working against them at the Libertarian National Convention.