The Grover Norquist-Gary Johnson Team-Up

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March 15 2012 5:10 PM

The Grover Norquist-Gary Johnson Team-Up

Gary Johnson quit the Republican presidential race in January, before he could even scrounge together votes in New Hampshire. He started running as a Libertarian candidate -- the odds-on sure-thing for that party's nomination -- and got perhaps 10-12 percent more interest from the media.

And then came this announcement:

Grover Norquist, President of the taxpayer advocacy organization, Americans for Tax Reform, will join former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson for an online Town Hall Monday, March 18
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Is Norquist selling out the Republican Party? No, stop saying that. "Everyone who takes the pledge, I cheerfully work with and will talk to about why they took it," says Norquist. "He's got a conference call with his supporters. I want to talk to them. The Libertarian Party is part of the center-right movement, so I'll talk to them, too. But, I expect to be working with the Republican Party in the fall.

"It's just a conference call. I'd do the same thing for Obama if he asked. But I think I'd have more success with Gary's supporters."

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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