Gary Johnson Flip Flops On Dog Poop Joke, Claims He ‘Came Up With’ It

Last night, libertarian former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson finally got a chance to join the other GOP presidential candidates on stage for a debate, and had a highlight moment with a plagiarized joke about dog poop. “My next-door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than this current administration,” Johnson quipped. It turns out the line was cribbed from conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who made the joke earlier in the day. This morning on Fox News, Johnson admitted that he didn’t come up with it himself, saying a local radio host had sent it to him along with a handful of other “zingers” collected from listeners. But this afternoon, Johnson reversed himself, telling the Florida Conservative Political Action Conference, “I came up with” the joke:

JOHNSON: Right now, I am the most Googled name on the planet because last night I came up with a witty sentence on dog poop.