By Adam Seaman, American Third Party Report, September 6th, 2016:
Earlier this evening the Libertarian ticket for the White House did an ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Reddit. Here are the 10 best questions answered with the 10 most interesting answers..
- Floyd218 asks: Governors Johnson and Weld, What is the campaign’s strategy to get into the debates if you are not at 15% in the CPD polls. Is there a backup plan, or any other leverage or influence you have that could get you in?
- Gov. Weld says: The mission of the Commission on Debates is to educate people about the presidential election. 76% of all voters in the United States say they want Johnson-Weld, by name, in the presidential debates. End of argument.
- Doyle524 responds: So you’re saying that the CPD could potentially be swayed by numbers besides the 15% requirement? Governor, if you pull this off, I’ll start referring to you as the Miracle Worker. ❤
- Gov Weld says: Yes, and another factor is that the Commission, as a tax-exempt nonprofit, has to be nonpartisan rather than bipartisan. That’s a legal test which could affect their tax-exempt status.
- ESPbeN asks: Gov. Johnson,
What is the best way I can present the reasons to vote for you to someone who does not want to vote for Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump but feels that a third party vote is a waste?
Thank you for your time. I really respect what you are trying to do.
- Gov Johnson responds: You may disagree with everything I have to say, but you’ll see it done in complete transparency and honesty. The only wasted vote is to vote for someone who you don’t believe in.
Then Amnesty International gets a question in….
- Amnesty Int’l asks: Gov. Johnson: some people still think that Edward Snowden betrayed the USA when he shared NSA files with journalists. Yet without him, we would not have the global debate on surveillance that has already led to more stringent protections of our right to privacy. Given that this is a clear cut case of a whistleblower acting in the public interest, would you support a pardon for Edward Snowden? Why?
Tanya O’Carroll – Adviser, Technology and Human Rights – Amnesty International
- Gov Johnson says: Yes, I would support a pardon for Edward Snowden based on what I know. Watch Citizenfour (and I’m looking forward to the new movie).
- AntiProhibitionist asks: You’ve made clear that marijuana legalization is a priority. What about other vices that create black markets, like gambling, specifically sports gambling? Prostitution?
- Gov Johnson says: I do believe that marijuana should be legalized, and I do believe California will legalize it in November, which will be a tipping point. An example of a black market in marijuana is Washington state where a black market still survives due to too many taxes.
- AntiProhibitionist: That stance is widely known. What I was asking about was other vices. If you’ll only answer one, I’d like to know about sports gambling since it is strangely legal in limited states yet a federal law restricts it in those not “grandfathered-in”
- Gov Johnson: I’ve come out in favor of legalizing online poker. I think sports gambling should be legal, too.
- Remix2Cognition asks: Governor Gary Johnson & Governor Bill Weld,
Currently, you are the only Presidential Candidates (of the top four) that support the trade agreement known as the TPP. Can you help us to understand why you support it? What specific parts of it do you think are beneficial? What parts of it do you think are misrepresented by its’ opponents? What valid concerns do you think exist, but aren’t worthy of stopping it from being passed? What specifically would you need to discover about it for you to potentially oppose it?
- Gov Weld replies: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is actually very valuable for the United States as a strategic geopolitical play. It puts us into partnership with 11 Pacific-facing nations, not including China, so it gives us an automatic strategic beachhead in Asia. The free-trade aspects benefit the United States, as always, because of our edge in productivity.
That one surprised me..
- Willhoop asks: Do you believe it is the role of the US government to maintain hundreds of military bases all over the world?
- Gov Johnson says: No, we would initially target a 20% reduction in those bases.
- TheManWithTheBigName asks: Governor Johnson, Governor Weld, thank you for doing this AMA. I would like to ask two questions:
It is abundantly clear that America has a healthcare problem. Americans pay far more than any other Western nation for healthcare, and it is a leading cause of bankrupcy. What is your plan to address this issue, if elected?
What do you feel your strongest states are? Where will you two be campaigning, and where do you think you have the best chance of winning?
- Gov Johnson responds: Check out the NBC News poll from this morning. We’re at 15 points or above in 15 states and in double digits in 42 states. The poll shows us at 25% in New Mexico and 23% in Utah.
- Jyanix asks: Gov. Johnson, you’ve said that you love the Game of Thrones. If you could be one of the characters who would you be and why?
- Gov Johnsons says: I would be Jon Snow. My favorite Game of Thrones scene is Jon Snow, holding his sword, ready to be slain, only to survive.
- mkrik3 asks: Do You support net neutrality?
- Gov Johnson says: I abhor legislation that would regulate the Internet. It doesn’t appear to me to be broken; I don’t want to fix it.
- Cbert777 asks: Governor Gary Johnson,
Have you ever practiced meditation? You maintain such a peaceful composure in your interviews.
- Gov Johnson said: I don’t and Gov Weld said and I quote, “I haven’t practiced meditation, but I’ve often been described as being preternaturally calm. If you ask me why, I can only suppose I was born naturally stoned.”
Governor Weld with the 3 at the buzzer… LOL!