Speaking to 150 or so people gathered at the Cla-Zel Theatre downtown, Mr. Johnson said he was more liberal than President Obama on social issues, more conservative than GOP nominee Mitt Romney on fiscal issues.
“Less government is better government. Keep government out of the bedroom. Don’t be making choices for me that I should be making,” Mr. Johnson said to avid applause.
The former Republican said he would eliminate income tax and corporate tax in favor of a more fair consumption tax. He would eliminate the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve. He advocates legalizing marijuana and same-sex marriage.
Mr. Johnson dismissed the idea that voting for a third-party candidate means wasting your vote.
“I’m hoping to rain on the party,” he said. “I’m hoping to rain on the two-party system. It’s over.”