Donald Trump’s Collapse Gives Gary Johnson an Opening

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Gary Johnson

The Libertarian Party nominee can benefit from Trump’s fall, but only if he can convince Republicans and Democrats that he can really be commander in chief.

by Nick Gillespie, Daily Beast

How does Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president currently averaging around 7 percent in national polls, plan to benefit from “pussygate,” the release of disturbing audio of Donald Trump discussing his treatment of women?

In an interview conducted the day after the second presidential debate (listen here), he tells me disgruntled and disgusted Republicans are now coming his way despite his staunch support of abortion rights, marriage equality, open borders, and pot legalization. And given ongoing revelations from WikiLeaks that show Hillary Clinton’s fondness for holding radically different positions in “private” and “public,” he’s targeting hypocrisy wherever he finds it.

But if he’s going to do more than simply cover the growing spread between Clinton and Trump, the former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico is also going to have reverse the perception that he is out of his depth when it comes to foreign policy and commanding the military. Alone among the leading candidates in calling for cuts in defense spending and restraint and “skepticism” when it comes military interventions, he’s also made high-profile gaffes related to foreign affairs and has been likened to Don Knotts, the actor famous for playing hapless, nebbishy characters in sitcoms such as The Andy Griffith Show and movies such as The Shakiest Gun in the West. Until doubts about his foreign policy acumen are overcome, it will be an uphill climb, even for a 63-year-old triathlete who’s climbed Mt. Everest…

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