The clock is ticking loudly, but Gary Johnson must remain patient. The Libertarian presidential candidate needs the support of liberty-minded individuals to help get him to 15% in the polls. That is the magic number (a bar intentionally set high by the two establishment parties to maintain their power) for inclusion into the televised debates.
Presently, most liberty-minded voters are still standing behind Republican candidate Ron Paul. Even though the mainstream media never wanted Paul to be considered a leading candidate and prematurely announced the demise of his presidential bid, he is the last contender standing. Paul supporters still hope to have an impact at the Republican National Convention.
If things don’t go their way in Tampa (if the RNC kicks Ron Paul to the curb, if it silences the message of liberty, if it fails to add any of his positions to it’s campaign) then those voters may be seeking an alternative. Some will elect not to vote at all. Some will vote for Romney in the hopes that it opens a door for Paul’s son Rand, who is expected to run for president in 2016.
Others may seek out someone with a similar platform to that of Ron Paul. That path would likely lead them to Gary Johnson.
This is the final segment of a three-part series based on my recent interview with Gary Johnson. Part One- Gary Johnson Offers Fresh Voice on Health Care and Part Two- Gary Johnson Unlikely to be Heard in Debates.