Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Libertarian VP nominee quietly throws in the towel, urges voters to choose Clinton over Trump

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is still making the case that neither Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are worthy presidential candidates.

Earlier this month, Johnson urged rally-goers at the University of New Mexico, “Don’t vote for Clinton and don’t vote for Trump.” And in a Facebook post published Friday, Johnson said, “If you want to throw your vote away with either Clinton or Trump, that’s something that you will have to live with.”

But in a remarkable statement released Tuesday, Johnson’s running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R), broke with Johnson and indirectly endorsed Hillary Clinton by urging undecideds to stop Trump while acknowledging Libertarians won’t be able to do so.

The statement begins with a quiet concession of defeat. “Gary and I will carry our message of fiscal responsibility, social inclusion, and smaller government through November 8, and I hope that this election cycle will secure for the Libertarian Party a permanent place in our national political dialogue,” Weld writes.

He notes that while progress is being made toward “breaking the two party monopoly,” the exclusion of third parties from the debates means that “the deck is still stacked against even a credible third party ticket with two proven former Governors.”

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