Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, October 26, 2017, Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Governor Gary Johnson held a press conference and rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. The focus was on the unfairness of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) and over $100,000 Johnson’s non-profit has raised recently to fight for more inclusive presidential debates in the future. Through his “money bomb,” he had a goal to raise $100,000 which, as of this morning, is now over $105,000. A video of yesterday’s press conference can be seen via this link.
Johnson said, “I still believe fervently today that my voice was reflective of the majority of Americans but I did not have the opportunity to make that happen [the public to know his views]. Look, if you are not in the presidential debates, you’re not running for president.” Johnson said he agreed with the CPD that there needs to be some criterium and feels strongly that someone who is on the ballot in all 50 states should be included in the presidential debates. His other frustration with the process of being a presidential candidate is that polling companies would not include his name in the polling of likely voters, thereby leaving him off news feeds. Additionally, it was common during the 2016 presidential election for news reporters and anchors to say “the two presidential candidates” and give daily reports of the Democrat and Republican while ignoring the Libertarian.
Johnson is suing the CPD to include any presidential candidates in their presidential debates, regardless of political party affiliation, so long as they mathematical chance to win a presidential election. In 2016, even though Johnson was on the ballot in all 50 states and could have won the presidential election, he was excluded from being seen by the public at the same level as the Republican and Democratic candidates thereby stalling his campaign.