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A candidate who doesn't want to be president

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Even his wife isn't listening

Republican Jerry Johnson of Daleville, Virginia, claims to be the least known presidential candidate for the 2008 election. But as the candidate stumped his way through Storm Lake, he said he is looking to do more then change a few policies.

"I am looking to change the whole government because it is unjust and corrupt," Johnson said.

Johnson really doesn't want to win, he says. What he wants is to do away with the traditional Congressional election, in favor of having state legislatures choose one Senator to represent each state.

That would require the repeal of an article of the Constitution.

"The problem we have is that once a person is elected their main focus is what can they do to get reelected," Johnson said.

"They are not doing what is best for the country."

He proposes to change the Senate from 100 to 50 senators, with each state's senator serving at the state legislature's pleasure.

He also wants to repeal the judicial appointments process to limit the time a justice can serve, and put them under Senate reviews.

"I do not agree with the way the judges run the court now with their feelings and interpretations on what the Constitution says," Johnson said. "We need to look at the Constitution word for word."

Johnson said these changes would help eliminate corruption and lower taxes.

Johnson doesn't want to be president. He wants to force the bigger candidates in the Republican party to take his issue seriously.

"If a candidate agrees to the issue, I will drop out and agree to work for them," Johnson said. "I don't want to be president, but this is where I believe that God is leading me."

The Virginian has sent his proposal to every state legislature as well as the top candidates - but has not heard a word from any of them.

"You'd think they would want to hear from the people," he complains.

Johnson has run for federal and state positions in Georgia and Virginia a total of five times - and lost them all. He has also worked as a contractor and real estate broker. He is campaigning across Iowa, then plans to go to New Hampshire.

"People don't want to to listen to me and even my wife thinks I'm wasting my time, but I will take this along as God thinks I need to."

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