Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson on presidential campaign, & how Republicans are reacting to his message

May 9, 2011

Santa Fe, NM – Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson continues his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Since announcing his candidacy on April 21st, Johnson has spent much of his time back east in New Hampshire. He took part in the first Republican debate of the campaign season last Thursday in South Carolina, on the Fox News Channel.

From that debate, an excerpt from his answer on abortion rights: "Well, I support a woman's right to choose up until viability of the fetus," Johnson said to a mix of boos and applause from the audience. "As governor of New Mexico, I would have signed a bill banning late-term abortion. I've always favored parental notification, I've always favored counseling, and I've always favored the notion that public funds should not be used for abortion."

Johnson is back in New Mexico for a quick pause, before returning to New Hampshire tomorrow. KUNM's Jim Williams caught Johnson at the state capitol earlier today, and talked with him about his campaign, and how his non-traditional proposals are going over with Republican audiences.