Gary Johnson's appeal growing with Americans in three man race for White House
Libertarian Party Presidential nominee Gary Johnson continues his campaign for the White House to growing crowds and increased media attention. In his fight for equal media coverage as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Johnson supporters are writing, emailing and calling media outlets and polling agencies demanding the inclusion of Johnson in news reports of the Presidential race.
Interest in Johnson's campaign is keeping campaign staff and volunteers busy and here in Florida has involved the rapid appointment of county coordinators for the campaign. As more people hear of Johnson's message, it seems to be resonating with more Americans and their interest in his campaign.
Last night Johnson was on the popular Comedy Central show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and was received well by the crowd and Stewart (see video to the left). Stewart and Johnson explain briefly what a Libertarian is and how he will be on the ballot in all 50 states alongside Obama and Romney. They also discussed how Johnson differs from both Romney and Obama in that he has promised to put forth a balanced budget in 2013 and how he would like to see the troops home from the Middle East.
Stewart, in his comedic way, attempted to describe what a Libertarian is by equating it to a friendship necklace with Republicans being one half and Democrats the other half and once they come together he said, “Oh my God I’m a Libertarian!” Johnson explained Libertarians a fiscally responsible and socially tolerant. Jon Stewart showed excellent knowledge of Gary Johnson’s qualified resume during the show. Johnson explained how he will need to reach 15% in various national polls in order to be the Presidential Debates later in the year facing Obama and Romney (or Ron Paul should he win the Republican Party nomination). Ironically, Johnson’s name is not included in several of the polls that are going to be used.
Stewart had trouble understanding why Libertarians have trouble gaining traction in their campaigns for President and though not discussed during the show, the simple reason is a lack of publicity and equality when the Presidential race is being discussed. Although Johnson will appear from time-to-time on various hit shows, he is not being discussed during the normal discourse on television about the race. When Johnson is put in the same discussion as Obama and Romney, then and only then will the Libertarian gain the traction needed to become a contender for the White House – and that is solely up to the general media to be equal, fair and balanced in their campaign coverage.
Johnson went on to appear on the popular late night show Red Eye on Fox News. Johnson will be in New York today seeking more media attention for his campaign.
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