Johnson has asked voters to "be libertarian with me for one election", noting that if he implements libertarian policies and the people find they don't like the results, they will be free to vote tyranny back into power in the next election. The U.S. Republican Party has challenged Johnson's attempts to obtain ballot access, and apparently hired a private detective who was later accused of appearing at homes of paid canvassers and flashing an FBI badge from his former days as an FBI agent.
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- Rutenberg, Jim (14 October 2012). "Spoiler Alert! G.O.P. Fighting Libertarianâ€™s Spot on the Ballot". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/us/politics/gary-johnson-the-libertarian-partys-presidential-nominee-worries-republicans.html.