What Would You Ask Gary Johnson?

Sunday evening I have the good fortune of being able to interview successful two-term governor and presidential candidate Gary Johnson. This is thanks to Gov. Johnson’s willingness to talk to average, ordinary people and PNC-MN’s Cara Schulz and her tireless efforts.

I’ve gotten some great advice on things to ask Gov. Johnson, some of the best from my own sister who thinks a funny question or two might reveal the governor’s personality (we are both wary of people who can’t laugh).

So I want to know: what do YOU think I should ask Gov. Johnson?

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About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • http://twitter.com/ouranophobe Áine

    I’d *really* like to know what his stance on climate change and the environment is.  I know he’s all into being outdoors and all, but he’s also against corporate regulation.  Given what unregulated corporations tend to *do* to the environment, I’d like to know how he balances those viewpoints and what he would do as President to protect the Earth.

  • http://twitter.com/ouranophobe Áine

    I’d *really* like to know what his stance on climate change and the environment is.  I know he’s all into being outdoors and all, but he’s also against corporate regulation.  Given what unregulated corporations tend to *do* to the environment, I’d like to know how he balances those viewpoints and what he would do as President to protect the Earth.

  • http://www.magickal-media.com Alice C. “A.C.” Fisher Aldag

    Please ask Mr. Johnson how his personal views on religion will affect his public policy.  Thank you.

  • http://www.magickal-media.com Alice C. “A.C.” Fisher Aldag

    Please ask Mr. Johnson how his personal views on religion will affect his public policy.  Thank you.

  • Jeremy Kareken

    I want to know why he refuses media training. People pick the guy who LOOKS honest, not the guy who IS honest. Gary has a chance to be both.

  • Jeremy Kareken

    I want to know why he refuses media training. People pick the guy who LOOKS honest, not the guy who IS honest. Gary has a chance to be both.

  • bodybyjonathan

    I will be voting for Governor Gary Johnson! End the wars, balance the budget, equal rights for LGBT and legalize marijuana! This guy is exactly what America needs! The People’s President.

  • bodybyjonathan

    I will be voting for Governor Gary Johnson! End the wars, balance the budget, equal rights for LGBT and legalize marijuana! This guy is exactly what America needs! The People’s President.

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    In addition to questions of religious freedom (and religious inclusion in public discourse!), I’d be interested in hearing more about why a queer person–who may not be interested in marriage/partnership rights (like myself; sure, it’s good to have the option, but many of us won’t likely get to take advantage of it for various reasons)–should vote for a Republican. Would he support, for example, a non-discrimination act on a federal level to prevent discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation for actual and perceived gender identity and sexual orientation?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Niles-Aronson/100002032239094 Niles Aronson

      he has mentioned in a few instances that gay rights may in fact be a civil rights issue, and that if legislation would be introduced to prevent discrimination for those services you have mentioned, then he would enact such legislation, but only if it did not come at the expense of others freedoms.  he does not believe that the federal government should be involved in the matter of marriage, but that all people should be afforded the same “benefits” equally, no matter their sexuality.  http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/coalitions/marriage

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    In addition to questions of religious freedom (and religious inclusion in public discourse!), I’d be interested in hearing more about why a queer person–who may not be interested in marriage/partnership rights (like myself; sure, it’s good to have the option, but many of us won’t likely get to take advantage of it for various reasons)–should vote for a Republican. Would he support, for example, a non-discrimination act on a federal level to prevent discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation for actual and perceived gender identity and sexual orientation?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Niles-Aronson/100002032239094 Niles Aronson

      he has mentioned in a few instances that gay rights may in fact be a civil rights issue, and that if legislation would be introduced to prevent discrimination for those services you have mentioned, then he would enact such legislation, but only if it did not come at the expense of others freedoms.  he does not believe that the federal government should be involved in the matter of marriage, but that all people should be afforded the same “benefits” equally, no matter their sexuality.  http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/coalitions/marriage

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360841140 Caity Strickland

    I’m not voting for the guy. I really like some of his stances (on immigration, drugs, etc.), but his economic/taxes/budget views are a no-go for me. I think it’s really neat that a Pagan is running, but that’s not a good enough reason to vote for someone, who I honestly think will screw up the economy more. Those are my two cents. Still, out of curiosity, I would be interested in hearing his views towards environmentalism/clean energy/getting off fossil fuels/etc. What’s his environmental policy, basically?

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

      Who said he was Pagan?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360841140 Caity Strickland

        I thought I read that on the Wild Hunt or something? Isn’t that why he’s getting so much Pagan media attention? Maybe I got the wrong impression…?

        • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

          He’s getting media attention because he’s willing to talk to us, unlike Perry, Cain or Romney. The fact that he’s willing to speak with Pagan media impresses the hell out of me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360841140 Caity Strickland

            Alright, my apologies. I guess I got confused somewhere along the way.

    • John

      Gary Johnson ROCKS!  He is the best candidate by far.  

    • guest

      gary johnson took a deficit and turned it into a billion dollar surplus while governor and had the largest jobs increase percentage of all govs running

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360841140 Caity Strickland

    I’m not voting for the guy. I really like some of his stances (on immigration, drugs, etc.), but his economic/taxes/budget views are a no-go for me. I think it’s really neat that a Pagan is running, but that’s not a good enough reason to vote for someone, who I honestly think will screw up the economy more. Those are my two cents. Still, out of curiosity, I would be interested in hearing his views towards environmentalism/clean energy/getting off fossil fuels/etc. What’s his environmental policy, basically?

    • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

      Who said he was Pagan?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360841140 Caity Strickland

        I thought I read that on the Wild Hunt or something? Isn’t that why he’s getting so much Pagan media attention? Maybe I got the wrong impression…?

        • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

          He’s getting media attention because he’s willing to talk to us, unlike Perry, Cain or Romney. The fact that he’s willing to speak with Pagan media impresses the hell out of me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360841140 Caity Strickland

            Alright, my apologies. I guess I got confused somewhere along the way.

    • John

      Gary Johnson ROCKS!  He is the best candidate by far.  

    • guest

      gary johnson took a deficit and turned it into a billion dollar surplus while governor and had the largest jobs increase percentage of all govs running

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/bishopinthegrove Teo Bishop

    Question (as posted on The Wild Hunt): Can Gov. Johnson speak directly to the Occupy Wall Street movement, and its growing national and international presence, specifically to the rejection of corporate favoritism in the U.S. political system? Does the Governor see any imbalance in the way that individual citizens and corporate citizens are treated?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/bishopinthegrove Teo Bishop

    Question (as posted on The Wild Hunt): Can Gov. Johnson speak directly to the Occupy Wall Street movement, and its growing national and international presence, specifically to the rejection of corporate favoritism in the U.S. political system? Does the Governor see any imbalance in the way that individual citizens and corporate citizens are treated?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/paganswithdisabilities/ Tara “Masery” Miller

    According to the US Census Bureau, in 2010 there were 14,935,000 (fourteen million
    nine-hundred and thirty-five thousand) disabled Americans between the age 18 and older (armed
    forces not included) living below the poverty level.

    http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/incpovhlth/2010/tables.html
    Of course, many of these citizens are eligible or on Medicare. On his website, Johnson states he would “repeal [...] failed Medicare prescription drug benefit.” If the prescription drug benefit were to be repealed, what plan does Johnson have to aid disabled Americans in obtaining life saving medications?

    Johnson’s website also states that he wants to 

    “Block grant Medicare and Medicaid
    funds to the states, allowing them to innovate, find efficiencies
    and provide better service at lower cost.” As governor of New Mexico, how did you reshape Medicaid without cutting services to citizens?

    Tara Miller – The Staff of Asclepius blog for Pagans and family members with disabilities and health concerns.

  • Masery

    According to the US Census Bureau, in 2010 there were 14,935,000 (fourteen million
    nine-hundred and thirty-five thousand) disabled Americans between the age 18 and older (armed
    forces not included) living below the poverty level.

    http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/incpovhlth/2010/tables.html
    Of course, many of these citizens are eligible or on Medicare. On his website, Johnson states he would “repeal [...] failed Medicare prescription drug benefit.” If the prescription drug benefit were to be repealed, what plan does Johnson have to aid disabled Americans in obtaining life saving medications?

    Johnson’s website also states that he wants to 

    “Block grant Medicare and Medicaid
    funds to the states, allowing them to innovate, find efficiencies
    and provide better service at lower cost.” As governor of New Mexico, how did you reshape Medicaid without cutting services to citizens?

    Tara Miller – The Staff of Asclepius blog for Pagans and family members with disabilities and health concerns.

  • Windweaver

    What I’d like to know, is if he’s going to deal with and fight the corporate based corruption in the US government

  • Windweaver

    What I’d like to know, is if he’s going to deal with and fight the corporate based corruption in the US government


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