Former NM governor Johnson in Utah for presidential campaign event

Posted at 6:52 PM, Oct 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-02 22:20:45-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson was in Salt Lake City Tuesday for a town hall meeting.

The Libertarian Party typically does not get much media attention, but with Johnson polling at 6 percent, some say he could siphon some votes from Mitt Romney in swing states, especially from Ron Paul supporters.

Johnson spoke with FOX 13 Tuesday saying Libertarians have wide appeal, but do not often get much attention for it.

"The appeal is actually addressing the issues that we face -- let's not bomb Iran, let's get out of Afghanistan tomorrow, bring the troops home," said Johnson. "Let's recognize marriage equality, let's end the drug wars, let's balance the federal budget now."

Johnson said he would also like to see the Internal Revenue Service abolished and replaced "with one federal consumption tax."