The 2012 presidential candidate excluded from CNN’s upcoming debate is making his appeal to YouTubers. In a campaign video released late yesterday, Gary Johnson makes the case for being included in the June 13th debate.
Apart from the Fox News clips describing the former New Mexico governor’s fiscal accomplishments, the video also offers a quick history lesson. The Johnson team notes that past candidates with similarly low polls — Michael Dukakis, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton — have eventually done fairly well.
With all three of those former candidates receiving one percent in the polls as late as October of the pre-election year, the video is direct counter-point to CNN’s argument that candidates must have at least two percent in the polls.
The Johnson campaign has seen its supporters rally in the past few days, one of whom even took out a full-page ad in the Manchester Union (N.H.). Yesterday, Johnson told The Daily Caller’s Amanda Carey that the reason for the exclusion may be his unique conservative politics.
“I halfway have to think it’s the positions I have also,” he said.