Thursday, October 18, 2012

Gary Johnson targets Obama on marijuana in CO

Gary Johnson Targets Obama on Marijuana in CO | - Philip Smith:

Colorado is a tightly-contested swing state ... where Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of neighboring New Mexico, is making a strong push, with marijuana legalization and marijuana policy as one of his strongest talking points ... bringing in about 5% of the vote — and he takes three votes away from Obama for every two he takes from Romney."

"Now, as David Sirota points out in an excellent analysis of pot and presidential politics in Colorado in Salon, the Johnson campaign is taking things to a whole new level. It is now reaching out directly to Democratic voters with an automated call campaign, and the message it sends should be chilling for Democrats:

"'Hello, fellow Democrat,' a friendly male voice says. 'Like you I was thrilled to vote for Barack Obama in 2008. In 2008, candidate Obama promised not to use the Justice Department to prosecute medical marijuana in states where it was legal. But the real Obama did just that, more than doubling prosecutions, putting people in prisons and shutting down medical marijuana facilities in Colorado. That’s not the change you wanted on health freedom. But you can still be a force for hope and change by voting for Gary Johnson.'"

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