NOMINATIONS OPEN!

Red Alert Politics accepting nominations for 2016 “30 UNDER 30” list 

Gary Johnson: “Air Force One needs to be grounded”

The 2012 presidential election has been over for nearly four months but Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson still has qualms to share about President Barack Obama and fellow 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

During a Google Hangout Tuesday evening, Johnson called President Obama the most political human being to ever live and said that Romney was unelectable because of his far-right positions on social issues.

Johnson denounced the posturing of the Commander-in-Chief during his second term and criticized Obama for giving campaign-style speeches across the country during a time of economic crisis.

“You don’t go on trips. You don’t go on junkets. Air Force One needs to be grounded. Good grief! You know, set an example. We’re all tightening our belts and government can tighten its belt, but it hasn’t,” Johnson proclaimed.

“We continue to see politics put first…President Obama is as political a human being as has lived,” Johnson added.

If Johnson’s critique of Obama that he’s making the office of the President too political, his opinion of Romney is that Republican presidential nominee was not politically appealing enough. Johnson said Romney was oppressive on social issues, saying this was an insurmountable obstacle to his election.

“Of course he [Obama] got re-elected. I think he got re-elected because the Republicans didn’t put of a candidate [Romney] that was socially accepting…Americans were shouting, ‘We don’t want a Republican social agenda.’ I really think that’s why Romney got beat.”

Google Hangouts played a big part Johnson’s campaign, and the Libertarian has participated in many of them since the election. Johnson held Tuesday’s Google Hangout on behalf of Our America Initiative, an organization he runs that is designed to bring Libertarian ideas into the main stream of political discussion.

However, Johnson’s campaign to spread libertarianism looks an awful lot like a continuation of his presidential campaign. Towards the end of the hangout, Johnson did some posturing of his own.

“There is an appetite for it [libertarian ideas],” Johnson said, “and I’m going to try to set myself up as someone who will be available to meet what is an absolutely growing demand for the message.”

If Johnson has his eyes on 2016, he’ll need to do a lot of work in the next four years to become a real contender. In 2012 he received just under 1 percent of the vote.