The Commission on Presidential Debates may have prevented presidential hopeful Gary Johnson from taking part in the first presidential debate, but that didn’t stop the third party candidate from participating.
During the debate, Johnson took to Twitter to stay in the conversation. Forty- two minutes into the debate, Johnson tweeted, “This is really inspiring, isn’t it #America? #debates”.
From the comfort of Twitter’s headquarters in Manhattan, this input followed a series of debated issues categorized as “Achieving Prosperity” which include jobs, income inequality, taxes, trade, and climate change.
The CPD’s decision to disallow both Johnson and fellow third party candidate Jill Stein from taking part in the debate was followed by a opinionated response from the Libertarian party.
Nicholas Sarwark, The chairman of the Libertarian Party, stood as the initiator by taking to social media to sarcastically “thank” the CPD with a note.
Party members have relished in the leader’s applause-worthy reaction, posting and sharing related artifacts.
The CPD released a statement assuring both the candidates and the general public that neither the Libertarian candidate nor the Green Party candidate qualified to participate, having not received 15% of the votes in at least five major national polls.
According to Real Clear Politics, Johnson scored higher than Stein, with an average of 7.4%.
In Georgia, a survey conducted from September 20th-22nd reveals that support for Johnson has decreased from 7% in August to 5%.
However, although this poll shows less support for Johnson overall, more young voters comprising Georgia are straying from their previous major party leanings and moving toward third party candidates.
Also in the state, of those shifting their support toward third party candidates, the majority are in support of Johnson over Stein.
Although the public continues to speculate whether or not Johnson will remain in the election, his actions suggest he is not backing down without a fight.
Johnson does not forget to remind audiences that in 1992 Ross Perot was polling lower than the Libertarian is today.
Ultimately, neither Johnson’s presence in the campaign nor his insights regarding history were enough to sway the CPD to allow him to debate with the two major party candidates, leaving many publics wondering if the Libertarian party as a whole can continue to grow in years to come.