U.S. Election So Nuts I Just Might Win, Libertarian Johnson Says
Libertarian Gary Johnson’s plan for capturing the White House hinges on voters following through on polls suggesting they dislike the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees more than in any election year in history.
“You know how crazy this election cycle is?” Johnson told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “I might be the next president.”
First, Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico, has to be allowed into the nationally televised debates that for now are set to feature only Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Johnson conceded it’s “game over” if he doesn’t secure a place on the podium.
To get there, the Commission on Presidential Debates requires candidates to secure 15 percent support in five national polls. According to Real Clear Politics’ average of recent polls, Johnson is at 8.1 percent, though he noted he has climbed to 10 percent in five polls identified by the commission and is hitting 16 percent in five states.
The debates begin Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in New York.
Americans want to see Johnson get the chance to take on Clinton and Trump, in far greater numbers than those who say they’d vote for him. In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, 62 percent of respondents said Johnson should be included in the debates. – READ MORE