Take Two

News and culture through the lens of Southern California. Hosted by Alex Cohen & A Martínez

Could Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson draw swing-state votes?

by Take Two

48192 full
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks in the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate featured the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Tomorrow night, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will meet face to face in their first debate, but Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, will be watching on TV like the rest of us.

He's tried to get into the debates, but with no success. This, in spite of the fact that the former two-term governor of New Mexico is on the ballot in 47 states, including California.

And even if he's polling in the single digits, some political analysts wonder whether he could draw enough votes in swing states to act as a spoiler.

Governor Johnson joins the show from Salt Lake City.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Enjoy Take Two? Try KPCC’s other programs.

What's popular now on KPCC