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Johnson (L) lost the President of the United States election with 0.96% of the vote.
Johnson, who was the Republican governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, was a successful construction company owner before running for office in 1994. He served two terms, the state's limit, and became known as "Governor Veto," using the legislative maneuver 750 times. He is divorced and has two grown children. A skier, adventurer and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peak on four of the seven continents, including Mount Everest.
Johnson says the nation's national debt and precarious financial situation need to be addressed in a more businesslike manner. In 2009, he formed the OUR America Initiative, a nonprofit that promotes fiscal responsibility and civil liberties. He said he believes that policy decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology. Johnson's vice presidential running mate is James P. Gray.