Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Johnsons Crazy Plan That Might Work ; by Winning a Few States, Libertarian Candidate Could Cause Election Chaos

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Johnsons Crazy Plan That Might Work ; by Winning a Few States, Libertarian Candidate Could Cause Election Chaos

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Now that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have officially been named as the presidential nominees for their respective parties, both campaigns will shift their focus toward capturing the White House in November and destroying each other in the process. Most political experts believe the rest of the 2016 election will end up being the most divisive, angry, mudslinging affair in modern political history.

And while the current election cycle has been nothing short of depressing for many Americans, one person has found for himself a potential opportunity in the midst of political chaos: Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.

So far, Johnson has received more media attention in this election than any Libertarian Party presidential candidate in history. A former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, Johnson couldnt be more different than his two traditional-party competitors.

Hes mild-mannered, and his seemingly odd, nontraditional combination of policy ideas leave many voters from all over the political spectrum agreeing with every other thing he says.

Like many Libertarians, Johnson can generally be described as very fiscally conservative, a defender of individual and states rights, and socially liberal, including on issues such as abortion.

Johnsons foreign policy views have been termed by many to be isolationist and dovish, even compared to most Democrats. For instance, unlike Clinton, Johnson did not support the Iraq War, and he also opposed bombing Libya.

Johnson has called Trumps plan to build a massive wall on the U.S.-Mexico border crazy, saying the government should make it as easy as possible to come into this country to work.

Johnsons rare blend of conservative and liberal policies would normally make him rather unattractive to many voters especially older, entrenched voters who are more comfortable with the traditional Democrat-Republican divide.

But this election is unlike any other. Clinton and Trump are wildly unpopular. One recent Reuters/Ipsos poll shows a majority of U.S. voters have a negative view of both Clinton and Trump, and 21 percent of the likely voters polled said they wont vote for either candidate. …

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