Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Trump vs Sanders best scenario for Libertarians says Johnson

Gary Johnson's 2016 presidential plans - Business Insider - Colin Campbell:

February 5, 2016 - "Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson thinks Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump could be his ticket to having a significant effect on the 2016 race.

"'If the Libertarian candidate for president ever — ever! — has a chance of getting elected or getting prominence on the national stage to actually profess what is to be a Libertarian, it would be Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump,' Johnson told Business Insider in a recent interview....

"Johnson ran for president as a Republican in 2012 before changing teams and running as the Libertarian Party's nominee. He dropped by Business Insider's office at the end of last month to pitch his second campaign for the White House.

"'I don't want to be tilting at windmills, right? There are better things to do,' Johnson said. 'But in this case, I think that at the end of the day, I will end up being the voice of reason in all of this'....

"Johnson argued that either of the top-two Democratic presidential candidates — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — would contrast well with a Libertarian contender if real-estate mogul Donald Trump were the Republican nominee.

"'None of this may transpire, right. But if Trump is the nominee, and if Hillary is the nominee — and I think there is certainty about Hillary, unless there's an assassination, and I'm not wishing that upon her — I think people are going to look to: "Well, what is the other choice?"' he predicted.

"'Keep in mind, too, that the biggest political affiliation in the United States is independent,' he added. 'Well, who is the third party? Well, the Libertarians are the third party. The Libertarians are going to be on the ballot in all 50 states.'

"Johnson also said he was suing to get into the general-election debates.... He said a prominent constitutional lawyer, Bruce Fein, had already filed a lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates based on 'the notion that they are a business and that they collude with one another to exclude everyone else.'

"Johnson added: 'Our contention is that if you're on the ballot on enough states to be mathematically elected, then shouldn't you be included in the presidential debates?'"

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