‘$100 Million Question’ for Romney: Will He Do What It Takes to Win Over Libertarians in 2012?
For Mitt Romney to have a better chance of surpassing the still small lead President Barack Obama holds in general election polling, he’ll likely need the support of the growing block of libertarian and libertarian-leaning voters.
But the question remains whether Romney can or will present the arguments necessary to appeal to undecided libertarians and supporters of former Republican candidate Ron Paul, and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson; the former two-term Republican Governor of New Mexico who left the GOP presidential primary to run as a Libertarian last December.
“It’s the 100 million dollar question” Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of the influential libertarian magazine Reason, told TheBlaze by phone last week when asked how libertarians and Ron Paul supporters will take to Romney and the GOP going into elections this November.”If you ask small ‘l’ and big ‘L’ libertarians I think you’ll get different answers.”
Welch notes that it is hard to pinpoint the direction of the American libertarian vote in 2012 because there are several different factions based on ideological leanings and demographics among those who identify as libertarian or have libertarian-leanings. Welch speculated that “among those who supported Ron Paul, I don‘t think you’ll get a majority to vote for Mitt Romney.”
“A lot will sit on their hands, some will vote for Mitt Romney, some will vote for Gary Johnson.”