The Corner

Johnson Rules Out Senate Bid

Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, a potential 2012 presidential contender, tells National Review Online that he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D., N.M.).

“I’d be terrible at the job,” Johnson chuckles. “I’d be terrible at what has historically been a ‘belly up to the trough’ kind of deal. I like Rand Paul and all of what might be the new wave, but I don’t have any interest.”

But he will be paying attention. As the GOP Senate primary develops, Johnson would like to see a libertarian Republican rise. “There might be another Gary Johnson out there lurking,” he says. “I’m holding out hope.”