Gary Johnson Says 2016 Race ‘Real Opportunity’ for Libertarian Party

"Clinton and Trump are the two most polarizing figures in politics today."

“I think it is a real opportunity,” Johnson said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I do think that Clinton and Trump are the two most polarizing figures in politics today.”

The former two-term governor of New Mexico hasn’t yet secured the Libertarian Party nomination, but if he does at the party’s convention on May 27, this November won’t be the first time he’s competed against Democratic and Republican nominees.

“Where’s their representation,” he asked. “I think it happens to be Libertarian.”

When asked if his candidacy would only end up drawing votes away from Trump and ensure Clinton’s victory, Johnson rejected the idea.

“No, absolutely not,” he said, pointing to a recent Monmouth University poll that showed him not only taking more votes away from Clinton than from Trump in a three-way matchup, but also breaking double digits in support at 11 percent.

Johnson wouldn't even entertain a forced a choice between Trump and Clinton, declining to state which of the two were closer to him politically.

“I’m always believing that there’s going to be a Libertarian on the ballot,” he said.

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