Joe Hunter


Oct. 9, 2016, Taos, NM -- The following statement was released this evening by Gov. Gary Johnson reacting to tonight’s presidential debate:

"When Donald Trump holds a press conference an hour and a half before the debate begins with the intent of deflecting attention from his own misogyny by trying to convince us the Clintons are worse, we probably knew everything we needed to know about this debate, and more important, this campaign.

We have fallen through the looking glass. Thanks to two candidates who are each running on a platform of not being the other, we are in historically uninspiring territory. 

Yes, thanks to some great questions from the audience, there were a few brief discussions of issues. I even heard some things from each of them with which I agreed. But the bigger question hanging over the entire debate is whether either of these candidates can be believed. We heard predictable answers, incessant attacks and, sadly, no indications of leadership. Without any confidence that a President will have the integrity, character and principles to actually put the nation first, the rehearsed sound bites don’t mean very much.

Americans deserve better. They deserve candidates who are not embarrassments, who aren’t interested in pitting Americans against one another, and who have actually proven that they can lead with principle, nonpartisanship, and a singular purpose of giving Americans the opportunity to improve their lives, be safe, and be free.

That’s why Bill Weld and I are running, and why Americans deserve a chance to see the very different approach we take to governing."




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