Will Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have some extra competition? The Libertarian Party’s nominee, Gary Johnson, is vying for a spot in the Sept. 26 debate and could end up giving the main two candidates a run for their money. Get to know Gary right here!
1. He put a spin on Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.
Instead of agreeing with Donald‘s “Make America great again” tagline, Gary thinks we need to “Make America sane again.” After all the craziness that has surrounded this year’s election already, we can’t help but agree with Gary’s thought!
2. He’s already run for president once.
Gary was the Libertarian Party candidate in the 2012 election as well, so he’s been through the campaign wringer before. He only received 1 percent of the popular vote, but he still felt the campaign was a “mission accomplished” — and clearly wanted to try again four years later!
3. He used to be part of the Republican Party.
After entering politics in 1994 with the intention of running for governor, Gary was elected as the 29th Governor of New Mexico that same year. He served until 2003. Gary even began his 2012 presidential campaign as a Republican Party member!
4. His running mate also has political experience.
If elected as president, Gary’s vice president would be Bill Weld, a former Governor of Massachusetts who also served two terms like Gary did in New Mexico. They shared a video on their official campaign page explaining just how they’re better than “Clintrump”!
5. Donald Trump wants take Gary on in the Sept. 26 debate.
Gary’s poll numbers in August were close to the 15 percent requirement to potentially earn him a spot in the fall Presidential debates. Although they’ve dwindled a bit since, Donald has threatened that he won’t participate in the Sept. 26 election against Hillary Clinton if Gary and Green Party candidate Jill Stein can’t participate. If Trump gets his way, this debate could serve as a launching pad for Gary!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Gary as a presidential nominee? Do you think he stands a chance against Hillary and Donald? Tell us below!