Despite having virtually no chance of winning the presidential election, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson sent out a message to voters that they shouldn’t waste their vote on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Johnson was interviewed by the CNBC show “Closing Bell” on Monday. During the interview, he said that voters need to vote based on principle. This means they should vote for the candidate that they truly believe in rather than one who simply has a better chance of winning.
Last week, Johnson’s running mate Bill Weld secretly vouched for Hillary Clinton. This was considered to be a sign that Weld had lost hope for his ticket. However, Johnson continues to urge voters to vote for his presidential ticket on Election Day. In many of the national polls, Johnson has earned about a 5% average. Although this is not nearly enough for him to win the presidency, it will still help out the Libertarian Party in the next election cycle.
Johnson claimed that if he gets 5% of the national vote on Tuesday, then the Libertarian Party would be able to receive federal funds in the amount of $10 million during the next election process in 2020. This could potentially help a future Libertarian presidential nominee gain more popularity and do better in the next election. Normally, the Libertarian Party is only able to raise about $250,000 for their nominee. So, a $10 million increase could go far if it is spent wisely.
Johnson has been ridiculed over the last couple of months after failing to answer questions that were considered to be easy. First, he was asked what he would do about “Aleppo,” but he didn’t know that it was a city in Syria taken over by ISIS. Then in another interview, he was asked to name his favorite foreign leader but he couldn’t even do that. Johnson may not win the presidency, but at least he gave it a good shot during an election season where the two top candidates have a low favorability rating.