Friday, August 5, 2016

Town hall shows Johnson/Weld are 'best choice'

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld's CNN Town Hall Last Night | RedState - Brandon Morse:

August 4, 2016 - "Wednesday ... CNN ... hosted both [Gary] Johnson and his VP, Bill Weld, for a Libertarian town hall..... And last night, I'm happy to say he didn't disappoint...too much. Let me begin by saying that this town hall was far and away better than the first one.

"While still maintaining his penchant for avoiding negative campaigning, Johnson tackled Clinton's issues like a pro, citing how she's 'beholden' to many people and groups from all the promises she made. When the subject [of] people finding Clinton untrustworthy came up, Johnson simply responded 'I totally get it.' Weld smartly kept his mouth shut about his friendship with Clinton this time. But he didn't hold back on Trump, calling him 'a showman' and a 'pied piper'.... 'Maybe he should consider another line of work. Anything but the President of the United States,' said Weld to laughter from the audience.

"In terms of Johnson keeping to [his] style of campaigning, he couldn't have performed better in terms of tackling Clinton. He hit all the points that both the right and left can't stand about her, while never resorting to attacking Clinton on a personal level.... Weld's unleashing on Trump, and having a laugh at his expense balanced it out.... Trump's love of below the belt attacks was answered by Weld in kind, causing a moment when the duo really connected with the audience on a personal level. It showed that Weld is not afraid to sling mud, and is not as nice as Johnson is....

"For the most part, Johnson hit all the right chords, especially for people on the right like me. He has zero intention of illegalizing semi-automatic rifles. They're willing to spend money to help combat ISIS at home, but not abroad where we sometimes do more damage than not. He wants to get rid of the Department of Education, and Weld actually has an alternative plan that works. His fiscal conservatism is something that attracts me like a moth to a flame, and both pointing out that they were the most fiscally conservative governors elected, and reelected in blue states is a big draw. And I liked the idea that he acknowledges the issues between police and black communities, pointing toward some attention to criminal justice reform.

"But it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows.... Johnson's stance on religious liberty is remarkably un-Libertarian. Johnson reiterated that he wanted to strike a balance with religious and LGBT peooples, while saying that he doesn't want to allow discrimination....

"That glaring disagreement aside, Johnson did well. He oftentimes came off as rambling, like he was trying to get across three different thoughts at once, but when he was on, he was on. I was particularly impressed with his reasoning as to why Bernie voters should now back him. He was succinct, direct, and truthful about his contrasts and similarities.

"Weld proved to be a more confident speaker. He gave off an air of charm and charisma that his partner lacked from time to time.... Whenever Weld opened his mouth, he sounded like a man who knew what he was doing, even if you disagreed with him.

"This town hall should do some head turning, especially for independents looking for a home.... Is he  perfect? Not at all. Who is?... Johnson and Weld both have some issues that I certainly would like to do without, but with that said, he's the best choice I've seen.

"I'll be casting my vote for him this November."

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