60 Minutes corespondent Steve Kroft interviewed Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for broadcast on CBS earlier tonight. It’s the first time 60 Minutes has interviewed any third-party presidential candidate AND the vice-presidential running mate. Johnson: “I believe this is going to be the demise of the Republican Party. . . . The unforgivable in life, hypocrisy, saying one thing and doing another. Telling the truth. I hope more than anything I am credited here with telling the truth. No hypocrisy, full transparency. . . . That is the difference here . . . it will be transparent. . . . ” Also, “Much of what you cite is the Libertarian Platform which . . . you know we are the Libertarian nominees for President and Vice-President, but we are not looking to eliminate Medicare; we do believe in a safety-net. But there has to be reforms in Medicaid and Medicare as well as Social Security.”
Video of the full interview can be seen HERE. A transcript of the entire interview is also available at that link.
The 60 Minutes website has also provided links to two other “Third” Party candidate interviews — Ross Perot in 1992 and George Wallace in October 1968 (60 Minutes was less than a month old – their first broadcast was September 24th, 1968).
Those interviews can be seen HERE.
“When you look at your presidential ballot in November, somewhere below the Democratic and Republican lines you will find the Libertarian Party and the Green Party, but for many voters this year they might as well read “none of the above.”
“In a race that features the most unpopular Democratic and Republican party choices in memory, they are the two alternatives to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and for the first time in 16 years third parties could well determine the outcome of the election. Right now, of the two alternatives, the Libertarian Party has the most support and is the only one on the ballot in all 50 states. The ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld is currently favored by about eight or nine percent of the electorate even though 70 percent of the voters don’t know who Johnson and Weld are. We thought it was time to give you a primer.
“Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate, Bill Weld CBS NEWS
If you don’t recognize them, the tall guy on the left is vice presidential candidate Bill Weld. The shorter one is former New Mexico governor and presidential nominee Gary Johnson. Right now they can stroll through a park unmolested by the press and the public. Their rallies usually attract only a few hundred people… but they can still make some noise and are not without enthusiastic support.
“Steve Kroft: Why are you doing this?
“Gary Johnson: I think that we would do a really good job.”
The transcript can be read in its entirety HERE.