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Gary Johnson announces college speaking tour starting in April

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By Rob Nikolewski | New Mexico Watchdog

GOING TO COLLEGE: Gary Johnson is taking his Libertarian message on a month-long speaking tour on college campuses in April. (New Mexico Watchdog photo)

GOING TO COLLEGE: Gary Johnson is taking his Libertarian message on a month-long speaking tour on college campuses in April. (New Mexico Watchdog photo)

SANTA FE — In late January, New Mexico Watchdog reported that former Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson was getting back into the political fray with a speaking tour of college campuses across the country.

The former two-term governor of New Mexico, who espouses the philosophy of smaller government — with a balanced budget — and greater individual freedom, kicks off his “Live Free” tour of college campuses April 1 at Miami (of Ohio) University.

“As I have traveled across the nation over the past couple of years, it is clear that the ideas of small government, fiscal responsibility and greater respect for individual liberty resonate with young people,” Johnson said in a statement.

“They understand that a $16 trillion debt, the erosion of civil liberty at the hands of the government, and the consequences of unnecessary intervention abroad are all going to end up on their shoulders.”

Johnson has not declared that he’s a candidate for any office but has returned to the political scene as the honorary chairman of the Our America Initiative, a nonprofit.

The month-long campus tour will make stops in eight states and the District of Columbia, including an appearance at Johnson’s alma mater, the University of New Mexico, on April 8.

Here’s the itinerary:

MIAMI UNIVERSITY

Monday, April 1, 2013, 6 p.m. EDT
Farmer School of Business
Oxford, Ohio
HILLSDALE COLLEGE
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 5:30 p.m. EDT
Phillips Auditorium,
22 East Galloway
Hillsdale, Mich.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 5:30 p.m. CDT
Foellinger Auditorium
709 S. Mathews Avenue
Champaign, Ill.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – ST.LOUIS
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6 p.m. CDT
J.C. Penney Conference Center Auditorium
1 University Boulevard
St. Louis
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Monday, April 8, 2013, 5:30 p.m. MDT
UNM Woodward Hall
Albuquerque
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:45 p.m. MDT
Mathematics Building
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colo.
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 6 p.m. MDT
Educational Auditorium
1000 East University Ave.
Laramie, Wyo.
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6 p.m. MDT
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Salt Lake City
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, D.C.
Monday, April 29, 2013, 6 p.m. EDT
Marvin Center
Washington, D.C.

“I’m excited to be visiting these campuses and to have an opportunity to not only speak, but to listen to the very real concerns of our young people,” Johnson said in his statement.

Contact Rob Nikolewski at rob@nmwatchdog.org

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Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.

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