Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson announces presidential run

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Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson said today he is running for president in 2012.

Johnson, a Republican who was governor from 1995 to 2003, made his announcement in on the steps of the State House in Concord, N.H. On Twitter a short while ago, his staff tweeted for him:

First time to say it. “I am running for president.”

Johnson is perhaps best known for his efforts to legalize marijuana and for cutting New Mexico’s budget. He’s been traveling to early presidential contest states such as Iowa and New Hampshire talking about the nation’s debt and U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Libya.

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