PARKER, Colo. -- Libertarian candidate Governor Gary Johnson rallied supporters in Colorado Monday evening with a fiery campaign stop in Parker.
Win or lose, Johnson could still have a huge impact on who wins Colorado.
Johnson is attracting a lot of millennial voters in the state, and says he believes they think the two parties don’t represent them anymore.
“Bill Weld and I are pledging to submit a balanced budget to Congress. You submit a balanced budget to Congress because of young people,” vowed Johnson before a packed conference hall at the University of Colorado South Denver.
In a one-on-one interview with Denver 7’s Adam Hammond, Gov. Johnson argued that most Americans agree with the Libertarian platform even if they don’t realize it.
That platform consists of being fiscally conservative, but socially more liberal.
“I think young people recognize that hey, ‘I’m going to get my health care, I’m going to get my retirement, but sorry it’s a question mark when it comes to you,’” Johnson said. “Look, I think young people realize they’ve been sold a bill of goods, and they really do care about individual freedom and liberty and personal choices -- just keep government out of my life.”
Johnson has been in the headlines lately for all the wrong reasons when it comes to foreign policy.
He couldn’t name a world leader he admires, and he didn’t know what Aleppo is.
“Politicians that can dot the I’s and cross the T’s on geographic locations and the names of foreign leaders. Screw ‘em if it means putting that many lives in not only jeopardy, but killing that many people,” Johnson said.
Johnson says the numbers he’s looking at show he is tied when it comes to leading with young people, but that number has steadily gone up.
So he believes by Election Day, even more will come over to his side.
“Fifty percent of the people when they go to register to vote are registering as independent. Where is their representation? Well it’s me!” said Johnson.