Orlando News 13: Libertarian Party growing in tumultuous election year

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By Christie Zizo, MyNews13.com (Orlando, FL), June 22nd, 2016 (H/T LP.org‘s post today):

In an election year noted for political upheaval and disappointment, its should not be surprising that a third party candidate is enjoying more of the spotlight.

  • Libertarian Party says it’s primed to make big inroads in American politics this year
  • Emphasizes individual rights over government
  • Presidential candidate Gary Johnson polling between 4 and 12 percent, depending on the poll

Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico and Republican presidential candidate, is once again running for president as a Libertarian.

This time around, however, Johnson thinks he and the Libertarian Party have a chance to be a viable alternative to the Democrats and Republicans.

“This is a big alternative,” Johnson said after winning the party’s nomination at the national convention in Orlando in May. “And arguably we’re talking about the two most polarizing figures in politics [Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump] and that’s our choice.”

He may not be wrong. Recent national polls show Johnson, in hypothetical matchups against Clinton and Trump, polling anywhere from 4 to 12 percent. Those poll numbers have helped him earn a live town hall event on CNN Wednesday.

Read the rest of the article here. 

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