- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 7, 2016

Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson on Thursday said he wouldn’t be in the race for the White House with no opportunity to actually win — but he’s also fine if people want to label him a “spoiler” candidate.

“I will lose no sleep if that is the label given to me, and I will reiterate: This is a party that needs crashing,” Mr. Johnson said at a National Press Club luncheon. “What’s to spoil?”

Mr. Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, said presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments about immigration are “incendiary” and that on the other side, government grows and taxes go up under Democrats.

Mr. Johnson and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee, spoke shortly after Mr. Trump met with House and Senate Republicans across town on Capitol Hill.

The two also spoke as FBI Director James B. Comey was testifying on Capitol Hill about his decision not to recommend charges in the investigation into likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email set-up.

“I’ve not been as troubled by the whole email affair as many have,” Mr. Weld said. “I thought Jim Comey did a good job with it, and I thought his conclusion that no reasonable prosecutor would indict that case was [a] correct conclusion.”

Mr. Johnson has previously said he didn’t think there was criminal intent on the part of Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Johnson also reiterated his contention that the only chance Libertarians have of winning is if he can get into the presidential debates.

That would require polling at 15 percent or higher in national polls, and he’s at about 7 percent in the latest Real Clear Politics average in a four-way contest against Mr. Trump, Mrs. Clinton and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

“We think we’ll get to the 15 percent. We think we’ll be in the presidential debates,” Mr. Johnson said. “We think anything can happen at that point. And I am speaking to the fact that we have the two most polarizing figures in America today.”

“If Mickey Mouse were the third name in any of these polls, Mickey would be polling at 30 because Mickey is a known commodity,” he said. “But Mickey’s not on the ballot in all 50 states, and Bill and I are.”

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