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Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson: Media denies qualified presidential candidates a chance

If an objective checklist of qualifications, similar to what a business would use for a major hire, was used to nominate presidential candidates, then U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, as multi-term governor of bellwether Florida and as a former chairman of the Senate intelligence committee who warned against invading Iraq and the false claims of WMDs, would have topped the 2004 Democratic field by a huge margin. Instead, he dropped out of race days before the Iowa caucus. Why? Because the media, concentrating on the fundraising and "rock star" appeal of Howard Dean, cast him aside as a candidate who wasn't "first-tier," and thus unworthy of serious consideration. A similar...