CHAMPAIGN — Gary Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian Party candidate for president and a former governor of New Mexico, will speak on the University of Illinois campus April 3 as part of a "Live Free" national tour of college campuses.
His UI address is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., U.
Johnson is beginning a month-long tour of campuses on April 1 at Miami University in Ohio. Other stops will be in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Washington, DC.
"As I have traveled across the nation over the past couple of years, it is clear that the ideas of small government, fiscal responsibility and greater respect for individual liberty resonate with young people," Johnson said in a press statement. "They understand that a $16 trillion debt, the erosion of civil liberty at the hands of the government, and the consequences of unnecessary intervention abroad are all going to end up on their shoulders.
"The purpose of the Our America Initiative and our Live Free Tour is to encourage a broader and, frankly, louder, public dialogue about these issues that are critical to the nation's future. I'm excited to be visiting these campuses and to have an opportunity to not only speak, but to listen to the very real concerns of our young people."
In last November's presidential election, Johnson received 56,229 votes in Illinois, including 1,293, or 1.64 percent, in Champaign County.