While the presumptive Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein courts the Bernie Sanders supporters protesting at the DNC, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson says he has decided to take the opposite approach.
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âIâm trying to keep a low profile here,â he told the FOX Business Networkâs Charles Payne. âIâm trying to be respectful of the fact that Hillary is getting the nomination, but I really hope to be able to be on the presidential debate stage come September.â
And that just might happen for the former New Mexico governor, who according to the latest CNN/ORC poll gets 9% of the vote in a four-way matchup including Stein, who gets 3% (15% is needed to make it to the debate stage).
âIâve got differences when it comes to Hillary Clinton. I really donât believe that government has the answer. I think that lower taxes, less regulationâ¦ And then personal freedom and libertyâ¦ itâs important to all of us,â he said.
Johnson discussed his view on free trade.
âFree trade is the opposite of crony capitalism. Free trade needs to be promoted in a really big way. Diplomacy, thatâs what we ought to be engaged in. I reject the fact that libertarians are isolationists â Donald Trump is [an] isolationistâ¦ we want free trade to prevail,â he said.
The former Republican-turned-Libertarian also explained how he would work to bring Republicans and Democrats together.
âLife is good, we have issues. Iâm presenting the case that if you had two former Republican governors that served in heavily blue states elected President [and] Vice President â¦ theyâd actually be able to bring together Republicans and Democrats -- something that wonât happen if Clinton or Trump are elected,â he said.
He was also very optimistic about the future of America.
âI like whatâs happening with Facebook todayâ¦ I got on Oculus today, wow, that is the futureâ¦ Have things ever been better in America? I donât think they have. I think we communicate better with one another. I think kids are smarter than ever and [the] number one law enforcement tool is our smart phones,â he said.