Monday, September 26, 2016

Pro-Clinton Super PAC releases anti-Johnson ad

In appeal to millennials, group releases anti-Gary Johnson ad on climate:

September 24, 2016 - "In a new digital ad released Friday, a group trying to marshall millennials' support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton criticizes Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson for his views on global climate change.

"The ad is noteworthy since it targets a third-party candidate who is garnering about 10 percent support in national polls, but who is drawing most of that following from voters under the age of 50.

"NextGen Climate, funded by hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer, is seeking to bolster millennials' support for Clinton.

"Polls show her failing to generate nearly the same enthusiasm among young voters as they had for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. NextGen Climate is putting $100,000 behind the ad and released it first to Mashable on Friday.

"Climate change could be a wedge issue that keeps millennials from going with a third party candidate, since younger people are overwhelmingly in favor of acting to stem the growing impacts from global warming....

"The pro-Clinton ad shows footage from a 2011 appearance at the National Press Club during which Johnson took an unusually long-range view of climate change.

"'In billions of years, the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth, right? So global warming is in our future,' Johnson said. He went on to explain that it was not worth spending money now to address a problem that will have its worst consequences decades to centuries from the present.

"'We can direct those moneys to other ways that would be much more beneficial to mankind,' Johnson said, according to USA Today.

"Johnson hasn't exactly changed his mind since 2011....

"'Is the climate changing? Probably so,' Johnson's campaign website states. 'Is man contributing to that change? Probably so. But the critical question is whether the politicians’ efforts to regulate, tax and manipulate the private sector are cost-effective – or effective at all.'

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