Unsure of who to vote for? Camp Trump or Clinton? Hail Mary write in? Or no vote at all? There is a third option…Libertarian Gary Johnson. But who is he? If you’re among the majority of the population, you don’t know much about him, so here are some commonly asked questions to clear things up.
Who is Gary Johnson?
- Gary Johnson is the third party candidate for the presidential race. He is a businessman and author, and has two kids, Seah and Erik, with his former wife, Dee Simms. Johnson is 63 years old and was the 29th Governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, serving two terms. Johnson announced his candidacy on January 6, 2016. He describes his political style as “fiscally conservative and socially liberal.”
Has Gary Johnson ever run in a presidential election before?
- Gary Johnson tried running for the Republican nomination for President in 2011, but was unsuccessful. He switched to the Libertarian party for the 2016 election.
Who is Gary Johnson’s running mate?
- Gary Johnson’s running mate for this presidential election is Bill Weld. Weld was the 68th Governor of Massachusetts, winning with 51% of the vote for his first term and a record-breaking 71% for his second. He served from 1991-1997.
What does Gary Johnson stand for?
- Legalization of marijuana and select other drugs
- Gay marriage
- Elimination of corporate taxes
- Elimination of student debt
- End all ISIS funding, “Brains not Bombs”
Would you ever vote for Gary Johnson, Third Party Libertarian Presidential Candidate?
Student A: “Yes. I would vote for Gary Johnson. I support him and his claims in the independent party. I lean more toward him than the other two candidates. We attach to the main parties for no reason when we should focus on all of the other ones as well.”
Student B: “I don’t know, because I don’t know what he is about.”
Student C: “Yes I would because I feel like he reflects my political views more accurately than Donald trump or Hillary Clinton. The Libertarian party has stances that align with the Conservative and Liberal parties, appealing to independents. I identify as independent, so I would vote for someone that appeals to my views the most.”
Student D: “I don’t know. I didn’t even know he was running.”