Originally written Oct. 13
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson attempted to put recent foreign policy gaffes behind him, touting his growing popularity with young voters in a speech yesterday at the University of Chicago.
Speaking to a crowd of more than 100, Johnson said younger voters were frustrated by the current two-party system and that his was the party of the future.
“When I was in college, if you weren’t a Democrat you didn’t have heart, and later in life if you weren’t a Republican there were those who said you didn’t have a brain. Well, you know what, I think we all have hearts and brains and I think that’s the Libertarian party,” said Johnson.
In recent polls Clinton is shown struggling to keep voters under the age of 35. A poll from Quinnipiac University displays her dropping from a 24-point lead to only 5, leaving many younger voters shifting to Johnson.
Johnson has been on the defensive since an appearance last on MSNBC when the former New Mexico governor did not know where Aleppo was and could not name a world leader he respected.
“Is because you can dot the I’s and cross the T’s on names of foreign leaders or geographic locations, if that’s the qualification, that’s not going to keep our country safe and be a great president. It’s been about a week since I was asked these questions and to be honest I still can’t come up with a name,” said Johnson.
His blunders on live T.V. have left many voters questioning his fitness to serve as commander in chief.
“He came off a lot more intelligent than I had thought of him in the past, I didn’t really know that much about him, the only thing I heard about him was the Aleppo thing and the world leader thing so it made me think he wasn’t that well versed on things like would policy but he seemed much more knowledgeable this time,” said University of Chicago Sophomore, Michael Perry.
Other attendees came to the talk already decided on voting for the Libertarian nominee.
“I didn’t sway my vote because I already plan on voting for him. I was already going to vote Libertarian, it definitely solidified what I thought of him. I’m not really impressed with any of the other candidates and I thought he answered all the questions very well and I agree with what he thinks,” said University of Chicago Sophomore, Jonathon Dobie.