Libertarian Candidate Crashes GOP Convention
When former two-term New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson was the Libertarian Party presidential nominee in 2012, he was unable to garner even 1 percent of the vote.
This time, amid an anti-establishment wave that has divided both the Democratic and Republican parties, Johnson and his vice presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, are polling at 13 percent.
He and his running mate are no longer Republicans, but Johnson showed up Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, explaining to WND he hopes to draw some attention and build enough momentum to reach the 15 percent threshold and possibly an invitation to participate in presidential debates with Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
He told WND in an interview that he’s “not really here to throw stones” but to “really stake out what I think it a big six-lane highway in between Clinton and Trump.”
At the RNC this week, as WND reported, Republican leaders are seeking to unify a party divided by a contentious “never Trump” movement by arguing that sitting out the election or voting for anyone else is a de facto vote for Hillary.
But Johnson contends that while Libertarian candidates historically have barely registered a blip, he and Weld have a fighting chance.