Fed up with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton? Searching for another U.S. presidential candidate to support? CNN is betting on it.
The pay-TV channel is hosting a prime-time town hall with the Libertarian Party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees, Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, respectively, at the Time Warner Center in New York City on Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT. You can check out the event live on CNN here, see it on your smartphone or tablet, or watch it on TV.
A third-party candidate has never won the American presidency, but Johnson has recently begun performing well in national polls. A CNN/ORC survey conducted last week found 9 percent of registered voters backed Johnson. He came in third, behind Clinton and Trump but ahead of Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Politico reported. And a Fox News poll this month put Johnson’s support at 12 percent.
“The front-runners of both parties are absolutely hated by giant segments of the electorate,” Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee, told Time. “We are a serious alternative.”
A former Republican governor of New Mexico, Johnson also ran for president in 2012. He initially aligned himself with the GOP, but then switched to the Libertarian Party and wound up with about 1 percent of the popular vote. Johnson has described Libertarianism as fiscally conservative and socially liberal.
A former governor of Massachusetts, Weld was chosen as Johnson’s running mate at the Libertarian nominating convention last month despite voter concerns that he was “Republican-lite,” Politico reported.
“For those who are asking ‘Why am I running for president in 2016?’ the answer is simple. I believe America might be ready for something — and somebody — different,” Johnson wrote in a CNN opinion piece this week.
The duo will make their case at the town hall Wednesday, but International Business Times also sat down with Johnson last week to talk about policy and the presidency. Read the candidate’s remarks on marijuana, mountain climbing and the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.