You may not know this but, there is third and fourth party running for the White House in the 2016 presidential election. While Jill Stein seems to be a near impossibility especially in a new CNN/ORC Poll where the Green Party presidential candidate is only getting 2% of support. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson stands at 7%, but a new Washington Post poll says he is currently receiving at least 15% support in 15 states, double digits in 42 states, and peaks at 25% in New Mexico, where he served two terms as governor.
In order to have even a sliver of hope in the presidential election, Johnson will need to to get a chance to participate in the upcoming presidential debates. However, the Commission on Presidential Debates has a set bar of 15% of support in recent polls in order to be invited to the debates. This 15% requirement has been said to be too high by Bernie Sanders.
“Probably too high,” the former Democratic presidential nominee said of the 15% threshold on an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press. “Probably should be lower than that.”
In the past, Donald Trump also said the 15% was too high.
This week Johnson received an endorsement from the Richmond-Times Dispatch, but he will need much more support than that. To bolster his reputation, Johnson and Bill Weld, his running mate and former Massachusetts Governor, did a Reddit AMA.
The Libertarian candidates opened their Ask Me Anything with the following:
Gov. Gary Johnson and Gov. Bill Weld here to answer your questions! We are your Libertarian candidates for President and Vice President. We believe the two-party system is a dinosaur, and we are the comet.
If you don’t know much about us, we hope you will take a look at the official campaign site. If you are interested in supporting the campaign, you can donate through our Reddit link here, or volunteer for the campaign here.
Gov. Gary Johnson is the former two-term governor of New Mexico. He has climbed the highest mountain on each of the 7 continents, including Mt. Everest. He is also an Ironman Triathlete. Gov. Johnson knows something about tough challenges.
Gov. Bill Weld is the former two-term governor of Massachusetts. He was also a federal prosecutor who specialized in criminal cases for the Justice Department. Gov. Weld wants to keep the government out of your wallets and out of your bedrooms.
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Here are the highlights of the AMA that include immigration, healthcare, Edward Snowden, the legalization of marijuana, net neutrality, climbing Mt. Everest, and Game of Thrones.