Paul Mitchell Co-Founder John Paul DeJoria weighed in on the 2016 presidential race and the potential impact of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
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“I’m also so amazed at how many people who I talk to who said ‘I don’t like either one, I’m either Republican or Democrat, but if I had to vote right now I’d vote for Gary Johnson because at least he’s a third choice and who knows, something may really come out of that avenue,’” DeJoria told the FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.
DeJoria then explained why he saw it as a game-changer if Gary Johnson were included in the presidential debates.
“If you put Gary Johnson in the debates you are going to see a change. I saw him on television a couple weeks ago, I said ‘wow, he and his running mate make a lot of sense.’ They both make more sense than Trump or Hillary, it’s amazing. So, I think it’d be a very good thing. I believe they need 15% of the vote, or the proposed vote, to be able to get in there and I sure hope they in, I think it will make things a lot more interesting. And maybe Jill also from the Green Party, I think it would make it much more interesting.”
But when Bartiromo pointed out the concerns of many voters that supporting Gary Johnson or Jill Stein would seem like throwing their vote away by not giving it to one of the main candidates, DeJoria responded, “What a great question, people ask me that all the time, ‘J.P. [John Paul] isn’t that like losing a vote or just throwing one away?’ No, it’s not. All Americans should vote. If you don’t like either candidate, vote for somebody that you might like, not the worst of the two. It could make a big change.”