28 thoughts on “Video: Gary Johnson Responds Live to Obama and Romney

  1. Kyle Kneale

    Note: I have gotten more positive reaction when presenting Gov. Johnson in the last 2 hours than I have in the last two months. This is the time to make an all out push to attract voters.

  2. PeterO

    From Washington Post’s Dan Zak:

    “Get third-party candidates on the stage. Having a third actor who’s less beholden to a major-party script would invigorate a campaign tradition that has become as predictable and starchy as the candidates’ navy-blue suits and white shirts.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/in-debate-obamas-and-romneys-scripted-remarks-make-for-brain-bruising-television/2012/10/03/67f26e5a-0ca6-11e2-a310-2363842b7057_story.html

  3. MN Indy

    Probably unlikely that he gets in at this point, but that commentary was great. At least modern technology makes a rebuttal possible. It wouldn’t have been just a couple election cycles ago.

  4. Zapper

    It could get confusing for some people when Johnson, commenting, is paraphrasing Romney but saying “I” which to some might sound like Johnson means himself and not a paraphrase and summation of Romney’s viewpoint.

    In future, Johnson should be careful to refer to Romney and Obama by name (or Obama as “the President”).

  5. Zapper

    The same problem with the use of “we” when Johnson actually means Obama and Romney or the current government.

  6. Andy

    I’d be willing to bet that Gary Johnson would be getting a lot more publicity right now if my advice had been taken of Gary Johnson staging a protest at the debates and getting arrested. If done right, the YouTube video of it would already be going viral and it would be all over the alternative media and the foreign media, and I’d be willing to bet that it would have gotten some mainstream media coverage as well.

  7. LP Observer

    Andy, getting arrested?
    Many many actual voters would immediately right off Gary Johnson as some “kook”. That’s how it would go down in the heartland of America–the Midwest. At least to the people that don’t know him. He would be written off by a lot of people and that is all they would know about him.

  8. PDiddie

    Johnson needs to join Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson next debate. He could have pushed the ball well down the field if he had done so so last night.

  9. paulie Post author

    Johnson needs to join Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson next debate. He could have pushed the ball well down the field if he had done so so last night.

    Yes, I think that would have been more effective.

  10. paulie Post author

    Many many actual voters would immediately right off Gary Johnson as some “kook”. That’s how it would go down in the heartland of America–the Midwest. At least to the people that don’t know him. He would be written off by a lot of people and that is all they would know about him.

    I think those are by and large the kinds of voters who would never vote Libertarian anyway. They would be outweighed by the people who hear about and think it’s righteous, as well as the ones who have just not heard of Johnson and investigate further as a result and then like what they find out.

  11. paulie Post author

    It could get confusing for some people when Johnson, commenting, is paraphrasing Romney but saying “I” which to some might sound like Johnson means himself and not a paraphrase and summation of Romney’s viewpoint.

    In future, Johnson should be careful to refer to Romney and Obama by name (or Obama as “the President”).

    The same problem with the use of “we” when Johnson actually means Obama and Romney or the current government.

    Agreed.

  12. paulie Post author

    At least modern technology makes a rebuttal possible. It wouldn’t have been just a couple election cycles ago.

    Valid point. I think the way Stein and Anderson was doing it was better. I would prefer to see him participate with them; if not, do the same way they did it on his own.

  13. Steven Berson

    @10 PDiddie –
    Gary Johnson is already scheduled to debate Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson and Virgil Goode for the Free and Equal Debate on October 23rd. http://freeandequal.org/debates/four-candidates-confirmed-for-the-2012-presidential-debate

    From my understanding GJ was in fact invited to the “Democracy Now!” broadcast that featured Stein and Anderson – but that the GJ campaign decided that doing their own rebuttal where he didn’t have to share time during it – and getting on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox Business Channel that night as well – was a better use of his time. http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/cavuto/index.html#/v/1876540007001/did-the-first-debate-miss-key-campaign-issues/?playlist_id=87065

  14. paulie Post author

    Gary Johnson is already scheduled to debate Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson and Virgil Goode for the Free and Equal Debate on October 23rd. http://freeandequal.org/debates/four-candidates-confirmed-for-the-2012-presidential-debate

    From my understanding GJ was in fact invited to the “Democracy Now!” broadcast that featured Stein and Anderson – but that the GJ campaign decided that doing their own rebuttal where he didn’t have to share time during it – and getting on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox Business Channel that night as well – was a better use of his time. http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/cavuto/index.html#/v/1876540007001/did-the-first-debate-miss-key-campaign-issues/?playlist_id=87065

    I think the format of the Democracy Now debate – answering the questions posted by Lehrer as if the other candidates were there – is a visual that could have been more effective.

    It’s good that there is one alt party debate but that doesn’t mean there could not be more. Even Omni-Robomba is debating itself more than once.

  15. Steven Berson

    Paulie – I agree with you 100% – I think the Democracy Now! broadcast came off as a lot more professional and made the candidates on it seem a lot more “Presidential” than the Google Hangout that GJ chose to do.

    fwiw – I also contacted Ron Nielson (GJ’s campaign manager) directly and encouraged the GJ campaign to do as many third party debates as possible – but I got a sense that they thought that by associating with the other third parties more it made them look like they should only be at the “children’s table” rather than at the “big show” they deserved.

  16. Steven Berson

    Seems I spoke too soon! GJ just did an online debate on Huffington Post with Rocky Anderson (Justice) and Andre Barnett (Reform). Now that it’s obvious that GJ is going to be locked out of the CPD Debates I have a feeling the campaign will now start to pack the schedule with more of these opportunities.

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  18. Al Koholic

    I understand the “live” part has some advantages but a canned response may have looked better. Maybe do both next time?

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