Johnson acknowledges his hopes ride on qualifying for the opening debate. With Johnson ahead of Stein (he runs as high as 10 or 11 percent in some polls, compared with Stein's 3 or 4 percent), Quinnipiac asked if he should be included in the presidential debates: 62 percent, almost two-thirds of respondents, said yes, Johnson should participate.
"He could win the presidency outright", Howell asserted.
Mr Johnson said he and Mr Weld are "really skeptical about intervening militarily to achieve regime change that I think has resulted in a less-safe world". The American people deserve more choices and I don't care whether he has 8%, 10%, or 12%, he should be on stage. He says it's "game over" if he fails, and he's correct about that. Johnson sued the CPD to be allowed on the debate stage regardless of polling, but the court ruled against him.
Strategists for both major parties say Johnson could have an impact on the race in key states where he might draw enough support from Clinton or Trump to influence the outcome. If elected, Johnson said that frugality would extend to the White House. The last third-party candidate to participate in a general election presidential debate was Ross Perot in 1992.
The Libertarian National Committee has penned a letter to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America organization, asking why their party's nominee, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, has been excluded from their forum, which will air on primetime television on September 7th.
Johnson, who favours the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and proposes making legal immigration easier, said his candidacy represented what a lot of Americans wanted but couldn't find in either of the major-party nominees. "You know that, right?" In this interview with NEWS CENTER's Pat Callaghan, he talks about his stance on everything from marijuana, to military spending and even gives his opinion on how to fix the state's drug epidemic.
For the Libertarians-having never topped 1 percent of the vote in a presidential election-actually challenging the Democratic and Republican "monopoly" would take a third-party campaign unprecedented in recent electoral politics.