The Libertarian Party’s nominee into the presidential race, Gary Johnson, appeared in a segment on CNN today and dropped hints that he may have a major GOP figure endorsing him soon: Jeb Bush.
When talking about recent conversations between the candidate and former governor and former GOP candidate in the 2016 presidential elections, Jeb Bush, Johnson was guarded. When asked who initiated the conversations, he answered, “not me.”
‘I can’t say that we haven’t had conversations, but no push on the conversations.’
When pressed to elaborate, Johnson declined. The platform of the Libertarian Party does have certain similarities to the GOP platform, especially in the push for smaller government. The Libertarian Party candidates are not, however, bound to the RNC establishment, and the Bush family has always been deeply involved there.
‘I want to protect the innocent here […] You don’t go from being Republican-elected, you don’t go from being the Republican nominee to say, “Hey, I’m supporting Gary Johnson.” You go to say, “Hey, I’m going to look at his campaign.” ‘
Johnson’s campaign website has this to say about both the Democrats and the GOP:
‘A handful of people in Washington are ruining America for 330 million of us. They have kept our nation in a state of perpetual war and increasing, unsustainable debt. This small group, which includes both major party leaders, has presided over the systematic dismantling of the freedoms guaranteed us under our Constitution. It is them we should be fighting, not each other.’
Johnson’s poll numbers have reflected a surge in support recently. A recent poll released by CNN on July 17, 2016, showed Johnson up four points from last month with 13%. According to CNN’s analysis of that poll, a surge at this point in the election process is not typical.
‘Typically, support for third party candidates fades as the major party tickets are set heading into their conventions. But Johnson’s support outpaces that of a typical third party candidate and may prove to have more staying power.’
Considering the Bush family’s absence from the RNC in Cleveland and Jeb’s public refusals to vote for or back the GOP nominee, Donald Trump, Johnson’s elusive claims make sense. What that will do for Gary Johnson’s candidacy, or Jeb Bush’s political career, remains to be seen.
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