Thursday 8 December 2016

Can this political underdog win US voters' hearts?

Neither Clinton nor Trump are convincing the masses - so can Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson take advantage, asks Joe Corcoran

Joe Corcoran

Published 07/08/2016 | 02:30

Middle ground: Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party presidential nominee
Middle ground: Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party presidential nominee

The question is an absurd one to try to answer. In a time of global political turbulence, unparalleled by anything post-1945, who is best suited to lead forward the free world? Is it a so-called 'corrupt and duplicitous liar' or a 'bigoted egomaniacal buffoon'? The dodger of incitement or the builder of walls? The woman whose only redeemable feature is not being Donald Trump, or the man whose only redeemable feature is not being Hillary Clinton?

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As it stands today the American voter would appear to be trapped in the perfect rock/hard place scenario. However, there is a third option on the table and it is one to which significant numbers of disenfranchised Republicans and Democrats are now flocking in the wake of both party's abysmal national conventions.

That option is Gary Johnson, a man who most have never heard of, but who may well prove to be the most important man in American politics over the next few months.

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