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Local family meets Presidential candidate Gary Johnson

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WSIL -- A Williamson County family recently had a unique opportunity. Susan Russell of Marion won a contest to met Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. She and her family drove to Cincinnati over the weekend and had lunch with the former governor before he held a rally.

Johnson chatted with the family before the rally, calling himself an honorable alternative and explained why third party candidates are important in every election.

"Six major newspapers have endorsed my campaign. If I may summarize in a nutshell, these guys may not win, but what they are saying is honest. They have a proven track record and when you look back on your vote vote, this I the principle vote. When you look forward, candidates in the future are going to be talking about what they are saying right now," said Johnson.

Russell's daughter, Maren, asked Johnson a question during their meeting. "My teacher, Mrs. Questelle, wants to know what is your plan to educate the children?"

Johnson explained he would abolish the Department of Education and push it back to the states. "For example, Ohio sends 13 cents to the Federal government, the Federal government in turn sends Ohio 11 cents back in funding.  With the Federal mandates the states then spend another 15 cents to implement.  The Federal government costs the state 6 cents that could have been used to teach," said Johnson.

He also pointed out the Department of Education was created during the Carter administration and he doesn't believe children are better educated now.

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