Gary Johnson Shares His Libertarian Vision

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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson discusses his third-party bid for the White House and weighs in on the candidacies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. (7:26)

All right, welcome back!

Conventions are over.Republicans had their week.

Democrats had their week.

But many peopleare still left undecided.

So here to tell uswhy the third party's the party

we should all be atis the Libertarian candidate,

Governor Gary Johnson.

(cheering and applause)

-Have a seat. -Thank you,thank you, thank you.

Very nice. Very nice,uh, welcome there, Gary.

What is libertarianism?

And is libertarianismas kooky as Libertarians?


You know what I'm saying, right?

-I do, I do.-No, you know what I mean. Okay.

Spell it out for us.What exactly is libertarianism?

Well, I think libertarianismdoes reflect

most people in this country:

keep government out of my, um...

out of my pocketbook,out of my bedroom;

let's stop withthese military interventions;

uh, let's bring the worldtogether

with free trade and diplomacy.

Uh, um...

Nonaggression principle.

Look, don't use force

unless-unless forcehas been applied to you.

Uh-huh. So it's, uh,get out of the bedroom,

get out of the wars...

-Get out of my pocketbook.-Get out of your pocket.

What do you get into?


L-Liberty and freedom.

Always come downon the side of choice,

that we as individuals shouldalways be able to make choices

in our livesas long as those choices

-don't adversely affect others.-Right.

What do you thinkare the three biggest issues

that we're facing right now?

And asthe Libertarian candidate,

how do you proposeto address those issues?

Well, government is too big.

It takes too much money, uh,out of our pocketbooks.

-So, lower taxes, balancing...-Now, does lower taxes itself

-reduce the size of government?I mean, -No, it...

that just reduces the abilityof government to do the (bleep)

it's ineffectively doingright now, right?

-(cheering and applause)-So...


-I-I think you hit on it.-Yeah.

Do any of us believethat government is running

-on all eight cylinders? No.-Right.

So we're-we're headedto a fiscal cliff

if we don't addresssome really big issues,

-and that's gonna bethe entitlements. -Mm-hmm.

And, look, we can can do thiseffectively.

We can still createa si... a safety net.

Nobody goes without.

-But, you know, that'sissue number one. -Mm-hmm.

Issue number two, just liberty,freedom, personal freedom--

a woman's right to choose,marriage equality.

Let's-let's legalize marijuana.

-Um...-(cheering and applause)

A lot of people like that, yeah.

Legalize marijuana seems to bea big deal with Libertarians.

Why do you think the weed voteis so important?

Well, it-it hasn't...

-it hasn't amounted to anything,uh, to-to this point. -Uh-huh.

Is it a growing constituency?

It's a growing constituency.

Would you like to see marijuanalegal all around the country?

I would. And I thinkCalifornia's gonna vote to do it

-in, uh, November, and I reallythink -It's on the ballot,

-that's gonna bethe tipping point. -right?


How much... how much weeddo you smoke a day?

Um, what was it,

ten weeks ago,somebody asked me,

"When was the last timeyou consumed marijuana?"

-"Consumed." I have an aversionto-to smoking. -I understand.

Yeah. There are many... They'regiving you the opportunity

to express the many differentavenues by which it enters

-your system, right?-Well, right.

So, ten weeks ago, that-thatquestion was answered by

-"Two days ago." But, uh,I-I don't think... -Uh-huh.

I don't think that you shouldshow up on the job impaired.

-And running for president isa 24... -Would you be high

-as president?-No, I wouldn't be.

-Be honest. Don't you lie to me.-Yes.

-No. If you... if you...-But, seriously...

but how awesome would that beif one day, you know,

-they're waiting for you inthe rose garden, you know, -Hey.

and it's, like,a half an hour late, you know,

and they cut to you in the West Wing, you're like,

(inhales)"Sorry, dudes."

Never, ever late, Larry.

-Uh-huh.-And, uh... and, look,

-the job of president is 24/7.-Right.

So I don't want to be on the jobimpaired.

-I've made that pledge.-Yes. Uh...


It's good. Good.

-Um...-And, if...

No, go ahead.

Well, tell the truth and youdon't have to remember anything.

-Correct. Yes.-Yeah. Don't need to remember...

Or you just make a lotof (bleep) up,

and nobody, nobody can follow itand all of a sudden,

you're at the head ofthe Republican ticket, right?


-Yeah, there you go.-(cheers and applause)

Oh, man.

Who do you think...

Who do you think is driving theenergy for a third party more,

Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?

I think, I think it's equal.

-And keep in mind...-Really, you think it's equal?

-Oh, definitely, definitely.-Really?

The two most polarizing figures,arguably, ever,

-and then 43...-Oh, the way you said that,

you like that, too.

Well, no,it's gotten to that point.

I-I don't, I don't like it.

I don't think any of us like it.

I think that's reflectedin the fact that right now

everybody that goesto register to vote,

50% of everybody that goesto register to vote now

is saying they're independent.

Well, well, where is thatrepresentation?

Just, just pose to you:

Hillary on one side,Trump on the other side.

It's going to be worsethan ever!

What if you had a coupleof, uh, former governors,

Libertarians in the middle,just reaching out to both sides?

-Hiring Democratsand Republicans, -Yeah.

and reaching out and saying,"Hey, come on, come on!

Come. Let's come togetheron these issues."

Which-which scenario...I don't know.

Which scenario mightwork the best?

Well, do you think you...who do you think would have

a chance of grabbing more of,like the Republican crumbs,

I guess, cast-offs, or the...

I don't know if there'sany "Feel the Berns,"

you know, embers, that are goingto blow their way

over to Libertarianism,do you think?

I think it's going to be equally

-from both sides, and...-You think so?

Well, yeah, uh, we wouldn't bedoing this if there weren't...

Aren't there more Republicansor Libertarians than Democrats?

No, uh, really,it's a 50-50 split.

-Uh-huh.-It really is.

And we wouldn't be doing this

if there weren'tthe opportunity to win,

but to win we got to beat 15% in the polls

and I think that's goingto actually transpire.

There's a chance you can bein the debates, right?

-Very much so. Yes.-Right.

-Do you think it's goingto happen? -Yeah, I do. I do.

What do you, what do you needto do to make that happen?


Uh, uh...(laughs)

Being on this show is goingto push it to 17, I think.

-Hey, you never know.-Thank you, thank you.

-You never know.-Thank you.

-Yeah, I do. I think so.-That would be awesome.

I want to show a clip guys had your convention,

-was it in June?-End of May.

End of May. End of May in June.

Let's just show a little clip

and I want to ask youa question.


My lions of liberty...!

(convention audience cheering)

It looks like you guysare having a lot of fun.

What is your messageto America, Gary?

This is your chance.Go for it.

I think that smaller governmentreally is important.

When government triesto accomplish things,

it takes too much.

WILMORE:Ten seconds.

It costs too much.

And that takes money out of yourand my pocketbook...

WILMORE:Five seconds.

...and you I should be able

to make choicesin our lives regarding

our own lives,as long as we don't put

other people in harm's way.

And let's stop these wars.

How long are we going to beat war with Afghanistan?

-(applause)-All right!

There you have it!

Governor Gary Johnson.

And he left out the weed!

He left out the marijuana.

That's amazing.

We'll be right back.

Thank you.