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Libertarian VP Candidate: End Income Tax, War On Drugs

Jim Gray rallies the Libertarian faithful in stop in Westlake

Jim Gray didn't mince words at .

Devoted Libertarians aren't enough. Not if they want Gray, the Libertarian Party's vice-presidential candidate, and running mate Gary Johnson to win the White House in November.

Gray addressed about two dozen people at in Westlake, the first stop on a campaign swing for him through the midwest this weekend. The serene garden setting was a contrast to the passion in his speech to the crowd.

When Gray agreed to join Johnson's campaign, he said, he did so on the condition that they campaign to win. And winning didn't mean moral victories, it meant going toe-to-toe with and .

To do that, Gray said, Johnson and Gray need to be in the debates. To be in the debates, they need to be at at least 15 percent in national polling by the end of September. Right now, Gray said, they're running at close to 6 percent.

They could get a bump after the Republican National Convention, as supporters of Ron Paul look for an alternative. But even that won't be enough, Gray said. Libertarians need to encourage friends and family to say if polled that they support Gary Johnson for president.

"We'll make (the debates) more interesting," Gray said. "We'll offer something substantive and make the other candidates talk about things they and their parties don't want to talk about."

Supporters came from as far as Pennsylvania to see Gray.

Jason Tyson of Elyria said he discovered the Libertarian Party after realizing he didn't like either Obama or John McCain in 2008. He thinks Gray and Johnson can connect with Ohio voters.

"Business-friendly policies and low taxes will help raise the middle class," he said.

Gray said the Libertarian ticket offers an alternative to what he called the "bi-polar" situation in Washington. The Johnson administration would be filled by merit, not party politics, Gray said.

Other platform issues Gray brought up included ending the War On Drugs, something he spoke out against during his time as a judge.

"It's a colossal catastrophe," he said. "The worst failed policy second only to slavery."

Gray said he and Johnson will also slash defense spending, saying the United States could close or reduce 80 percent of its foreign bases without hurting national security. The war in Afghanistan would also be ended.

The income tax would be ended, in its place a retail consumption tax of between 15 and 20 percent.

Immigration policy would also change, in favor of work visas that would let immigrants work in the U.S. legally no matter how they came here. Gray expressed disgust for how both parties handled immigration. Republicans love to talk tough about illegal immigration, he said, but in reality love the cheap labor it provides. Democrats, he said, love that many immigrants will vote Democratic, so pander to the Hispanic vote.

Johnson, as a former governor of New Mexico, understands the immigration issues better than Obama or Romney, Gray said.

Amy Asseff of Cleveland said she was raised Republican and has both liberal and conservative friends.

"I understand where they're coming from," she said. "But I feel like government has gotten way too big for itself, and it's just going to get worse. If more people understood how libertarians thought, they'd agree with us."

The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! August 04, 2012 at 02:11 AM
"Synchronize our Traffic Signals. This would materially reduce our driving time, increase our gas mileage, and reduce our nation's dependency on foreign oil." This is awesome. I can't say enough how great an idea this is. Plus, less useless idling can only improve the air. http://www.judgejimgray.com/grayprimaryissues.php
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! August 04, 2012 at 02:12 AM
But then... "Increase our utilization of nuclear energy. If Japan, which is the only country ever to experience the horrors of nuclear war, now uses more than 50 nuclear reactors to generate about one-third of its electric power, we also should seriously look into increasing our utilization of nuclear power as well. Yes there are still problems with the disposal of nuclear waste, but other countries are dealing effectively with it, and we can as well."
Robert Barr August 04, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Say NO Nuclear reactors //Nuclear Waste Piling Up Across US: 138 Million Pounds and Counting : TreeHugger http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/nuclear-waste-piling-up-across-us-138-million-pounds-and-counting.html via @TreeHugger
Robert Mihaly August 05, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Can he name one? I can't, and I'll bet you can't either. Do you want a nuclear waste repository in your neighborhood? I'll bet you don't. I know I don't. Amy Asseff should understand that the reason many people won't vote Libertarian is that many of their ideas make no sense. Putting the whole taxing structure on sales or consumption taxes means the poor and the middle class will pay far more in taxes, while giving another huge tax break to big earners and those who earn only from investments. Bye bye middle class. No thanks...I won't be voting Libertarian, but I'll be glad to see them get a sizable chunk of votes at Romney's expense
Mike Czysh August 05, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Number ONE rule in writing an article: If you are referencing a town or city...IN WHAT COUNTRY, IN WHAT STATE OR PROVINCE IS IT??? If you are narrowing it to the U.S., then there still are two Westlakes. One in Louisiana, one in Ohio. Why should it be the reader's job to look it up? Its the writer's job!!!
Mike Czysh August 05, 2012 at 07:44 PM
NO ONE BUT RON PAUL if only for one reason: He's pro-LIFE!
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! August 05, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Darn all those pro-death people running amuck. Beware of he who carries a gun and claims to be "pro-life".
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! August 05, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Why shouldn't the reader take the initiative to check things out and verify sources? If not, you'll believe anything you read.
Zhu Bajie August 05, 2012 at 11:23 PM
If you want to own slaves/serfs, vote Libertarian.
edjisan September 05, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Hurrah for Free Speech!
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 07:28 AM
On the ballot for the Presidency, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green). Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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