ORLANDO — In an election year noted for political upheaval and disappointment, its should not be surprising that a third party candidate is enjoying more of the spotlight.
- Libertarian Party says it’s primed to make big inroads in American politics this year
- Emphasizes individual rights over government
- Presidential candidate Gary Johnson polling between 4 and 12 percent, depending on the poll
Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico and Republican presidential candidate, is once again running for president as a Libertarian.
This time around, however, Johnson thinks he and the Libertarian Party have a chance to be a viable alternative to the Democrats and Republicans.
“This is a big alternative,” Johnson said after winning the party’s nomination at the national convention in Orlando in May. “And arguably we’re talking about the two most polarizing figures in politics [Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump] and that’s our choice.”
He may not be wrong. Recent national polls show Johnson, in hypothetical matchups against Clinton and Trump, polling anywhere from 4 to 12 percent. Those poll numbers have helped him earn a live town hall event on CNN Wednesday.