Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, has had some interviews recently that have caused some extra conversation among Libertarians. A few days ago, he seemingly endorsed a carbon tax. Next, a video has shown up where he apparently tells an interviewer that he would support mandatory vaccines if it was a federal issue:
Reason ran an article with their take on it: Gary Johnson changes his mind
This caused quite an uproar on social media for Libertarians, most of whom believe strongly in parental choice. Many felt strongly enough that they pledged to stop supporting the Johnson Weld presidential ticket over it.
The chairman of the Libertarian party, Nicholas Sarwark, himself the father of three young children, reached out to Johnson for clarification, and he posted this to Facebook:
Gary Johnson spoke at a rally in New Hampshire today and clarified his position on mandatory vaccinations. He supports parental choice.
I knew this because I talked to him on the phone this morning while he was driving to New Hampshire. My wife and I have three children and our rights as parents to make medical decisions for them are very important to us. I wanted to get clarification on this important issue because of an article that was printed (and rehashed by an army of concern trolls) that made it seem like we disagreed.
After a conversation with him, I am confident that he supports our rights to make medical decisions for our children about vaccination. There are issues where I disagree with our candidate; this is not one of them.
Knowing how important this is to so many of you, I wanted to share.
Mr.Johnson addressed the concerns in a speech in New Hampshire this evening:
Here is more on this evening’s speech in New Hampshire: WMUR-TV
The following meme has shown up on Facebook. This article will be updated as necessary.