Third Party Nominee Said His Ticket Can Beat 'Robamney' In Presidential Race
Libertarian vice presidential candidate Judge Jim Gray made a campaign stop in Mahwah Wednesday
Libertarian vice presidential candidate Jim Gray believes that he and presidential candidate, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, can beat the two major party candidates for president, he told a group of about two dozen students and residents at Ramapo College in Mahwah Wednesday morning.
Gray, a retired trial judge from Orange County Calif., told an interested audience that he feels two choices in a presidential election is not enough. He referred to Democratic candidate Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney as “Robamney, because they are so similar to one another in so many ways.”
He outlined platforms at the Mahwah campaign stop that he said would be “revolutionary” if he and Johnson were elected:
- Government regulation of marijuana – Gray argued the government should legalize, regulate and tax the sale of marijuana. He said he’d want marijuana to be “treated like alcohol. I don’t condone using any [illicit] drugs, but they are here. I think we need to stop moralizing this issue and start managing it,” he said. In response to an audience question, Gray said he is unsure if he would advocate for a similar policy toward other illegal drugs. “I would say to do this with marijuana first and go from there.”
- Eliminate the income tax – Repealing the 16th Amendment is “not radical,” Gray said. “It would actually be going back to our roots, because before 1913 there was no income tax.” The candidate argued it would save the government money associated with keeping tax records and collecting taxes, save citizens money for the same reason, and remove a “competitive disadvantage” American goods have in the international market because they are taxed domestically before they are sold. That, he said, would be incentive for companies to engage in “reverse outsourcing.”
- Reduce government spending by shrinking the federal government and eliminating departments – Gray said he and Johnson would present a budget to Congress that would propose cutting government spending by 43 percent in 2013. He said he’d ask for an audit of the federal government to see where expenses should be cut. Some suggestions he offered Wednesday were cuts in military spending by withdrawing troops from “non-threatening” countries, withdrawing from Afghanistan “now,” and reducing or eliminating the Departments of Education, Agriculture, Energy and Commerce.
- Let parents make education decisions – Gray said he believes education decisions should be taken away from the federal government by giving parents a sort of educational stipend for their child, and having them decide which school to send their kids to with it. The increased competition among schools, he said, would lead to “excellence in education.”
Though Gray said he and Johnson have not yet received high enough percentage points in national polls to participate in upcoming candidate debates, he said he is running to win. “This could be the beginning of the end of a two-party system in America,” he said.