“Regrettably, the attention I did not get in the debates, it’s real,” Johnson conceded in an interview with ABC News on Monday.
But, he said, “You never give up.”
Johnson is, however, redefining what a victory would be for his candidacy.
“That’s a Herculean accomplishment really to get on the ballot in all 50 states,” Johnson said.
While the Libertarian Party did get on the ballot in all the states in 2016 -- the only third party to achieve that feat in this election -- it would be more likely to repeat that feat if it got an infusion of public funding.
The House would consider the three candidates with the most Electoral College votes.
“I think I would be the compromise candidate if it goes beyond one vote” in the House, Johnson postured, while admitting that the possibility of such a scenario is “obviously very convoluted” and remote.
Johnson maintains that U.S. politics are “rigged” in favor of a two-party system, but he rejects Trump's notion that the election itself could be rigged.
“He’s talking about anarchy," Johnson said of the possibility that Trump may not accept the outcome of the election.
“When it comes to counting Electoral [College] votes, when it comes to counting votes in individual states that individual states are responsible for, I think it’s a non-issue, it’s just a continuation of all the things he says that make no sense,” Johnson said of the Republican nominee.