WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - The Libertarian Party candidates for president and vice president hosted a town hall at Florida International University, Wednesday night, and reminded voters there is a third option.
Former two-term Republican governors Gary Johnson and William Weld are on the ballot in 40 states thus far, including Florida, as they try to convince voters that they are the option for voters who don’t like Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Johnson, who served as the Republican governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, said most Americans aren’t represented by either major party candidate. “Small government, less taxes. That’s about individual freedom and liberty, making choices in your own life. That’s 60 percent of America, and they’re not being represented,” Johnson said.
Weld, the governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997, said they are still growing their movement. “The plan is to grow organically between now and the beginning of September,” Weld told the crowd.
Johnson said it would be fitting for the turbulent election cycle to be capped with a third-party win. “So is this the craziest election cycle ever?” Johnson said. “You know how crazy it is? I’m going to be the next president of the United States.”
Supporters at the event were optimistic. “The two bigger parties do not represent us anymore,” Philippe Neptune said. “And we need the new party, a third party to represent what we believe in.”
Some of the issues they believe in are marriage equality, market-based healthcare, lower taxes and marijuana legalization.
Johnson and Weld will continue their campaigning in South Florida on Thursday.
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