Gary Johnson Can’t Name A Single Foreign Leader -- Not One

Submitted by: holygod 11 months ago in News & Politics

Excerpt from Salon:

As we hit the final stretch of the most incredible presidential campaign in modern memory, it appears that third-party candidates may end up being more consequential than they’ve been since Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in 2000. It’s very close, and there is a real possibility they could decide the election. With Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, the onetime Republican governor of New Mexico, at nearly 10 percent and pulling more people who say Clinton is their second choice, Donald Trump may be the beneficiary in the all-important battleground states.

After watching Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, in Wednesday night’s town-hall meeting with Chris Matthews, I think maybe they should let Johnson in the debates so more of these voters could see exactly what they’re voting for. The risk is that while Johnson would reveal himself as a bizarre and ignorant man, he might just make Republican presidential nominee Trump look smart and competent by comparison.

Matthews asked him to name his favorite foreign leader, and Johnson again drew a blank, finally admitting, “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment.” Unfortunately, the exchange went on and on, with Matthews pushing and Johnson floundering, until Weld finally stepped in to cite Chancellor Angela Merkel as his favorite and the whole thing mercifully came to an end.

When asked by one of the fresh-faced young people in the crowd what he said to people who claim that a vote for Johnson is a wasted vote, the candidate told him, “A wasted vote is a vote for someone you don’t believe in.” Matthews came back with a quote from President Barack Obama from earlier in the day:

"If you don’t vote, that’s a vote for Trump. If you vote for a third-party candidate who’s got no chance to win, that’s a vote for Trump."

There are 30 comments:
Male 4,042
This nor "Aleppo is what will turn the Libertarian base to Trump. Those are things that you don't have to know or care a whole lot about from a non-interventionist point of view. It's he and his running mate's statements on taxes and gun control that doom his candidacy (with the people that really may have voted for him in the first place).
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Male 7,796
Yea to go to a candidate that has clearly stated he will bring back stop and frisk, 4th Amendment violation, wants to change libel laws, challenge freedom of speech, and even in the Presidential debate mentioned supporting gun control. If you are a Libertarian Donald Trump shouldn't even be on your radar as a choice.
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Male 3,619
@HolyGod, I'm a little bemused with your posting this. You seemed to have supported Johnson some months ago, even pushing those who didn't like the current candidates; those who were sitting on the fence; and other similar veins to also support Johnson. Why the sudden change of heart? ... More on topic, the question was name a foreign leader he respects. The keyword there is respect. Is it not possible that he doesn't respect any foreign leader? For example: I -know- (of) Putin. I don't -respect- Putin.
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Male 9,498
I'm glad I could bemuse. However, you are, I believe, confusing me with the equally brilliant, handsome, and liberal, @normalfreak2 . I have never been a proponent of Johnson. While I despise that we have a two party system, we currently do. I maintain that voting for someone polling below 7% with literally no chance of winning is the same as writing in "Santa Claus" or not voting at all. The keyword is respect? OK. If he had immediately responded "I'm sorry I don't respect any foreign leader" then that would have been a strong moment. That isn't what he did. He fumbled around like a deer in headlights and then admitted he couldn't remember anyone's name.
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Male 7,796
<3
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Male 10,855
I will respect anyone regardless of who they vote for (even if they don't), people who don't will get my utter scorn. Somehow this moment makes Johnson less qualified for high office then a woman who unflinchlingly supported the Iraq war only to waffle on the issue after turned out to be a disaster. A woman who has been proven to lie about mishandling classified information and other matters of importance (http://politifact.com/personalities/hillary-clinton/statements/byruling/false/ http://politifact.com/personalities/hillary-clinton/statements/byruling/pants-fire/). Squirlz was right everyone else but Psychos need not apply.
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Male 9,498
P.S. Where ya been bud? You're one of my favorite people to spar with, especially during an election.
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Male 10,855
Well I'm a workin man now, so hard it's hard time find the time doing the things I like to do (other than my job).
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Male 9,498
I know you can't be happy with Johnson's performance lately. With Clinton and Trump I would have been elated to jump in with a 3rd party candidate. Although he hasn't done a very good job showing he has what it takes. From what I have seen he would get embarrassed in a debate. Isolationism is fine for a Governor, not so much for a president. I can't believe that we have two candidates that are getting voted against instead of voted for. I'm not voting for Clinton, I'm voting against Trump. You really think Clinton poses more of a danger to the well being of our country than Trump does?
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Male 10,855
Also it sounds like your saying your voting for Hillary even when though her views don't really mesh well with yours just to deny Trump the Oval Office. Put it this way YOU HAVE lesser evils to choose from. If Gary Johnson or Jill Stein don't win, it will simply be because most of America still cannot get itself past the false dichotomy of Red vs Blue.
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Male 10,855
I think she poses AS much of a danger. She continues to rail against Citizens United for the same stupid reasons as before. She'd likely ramp up drone strikes in the Middle East. She certainly isn't serious about even decriminalizing weed or even questioning the DEA's authority to set the drug schedule. She still believes that there is some way to keep guns out of the hands of criminals that WON'T backfire. ...oh I WON'T forgive her for her "hot coffee" bullshit.
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Male 3,619
Fair enough, but it's hard to think when some idiot is yelling at you every 2 seconds demanding an answer. You should know that, as you should be accustomed to it (particularly from 5Cats [I jest respectively, of course]).
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Male 3,619
Strange, I had put in brackets to further say "I jest respectively", yet it has disappeared from my comment..
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Male 4,388
@HolyGod Remind me to avoid getting into any logical disagreements with you. You're good.
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Male 2,668
There are many many people on staff who know all that stuff, and a president has time after being elected to be briefed and study. I'm more concerned that a leader has integrity, wisdom and a respect for the constitution. For without those the rest don't mean shit. Reagan got question like this too. He said (paraphrased) "I don't need to know their names, they need to know mine."
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Male 9,498
Intelligence and knowledge were never Reagan's strongest virtues.
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Male 10,855
What does Reagan have to do with this?
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Male 9,498
Dude, I don't know. Look at the comment I'm responding to.
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2,767
Ya, I couldnt name a foreign leader I respect either.
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Male 9,498
And that's OK. Its fine to be ignorant. You don't get to run for President though.
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2,767
True that, I'm too honest for that game. But please keep telling me how knowing enough about leaders of foreign nations to be able to disagree agree with them is ignorant.
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Male 663
That's right it says so right in the constitution. You know that thing that specifically states the requirements to be president. To be honest I really do not care if someone can quickly name a foreign leader or knows the price of a gallon of milk. What I do care about is the persons principles and how they will apply them to leading the country.
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Male 9,498
The constitution was written in the 1700s. America was an after thought for the rest of the world. It took weeks to get here. There was no internet. No TV. No phones. No planes. Countries were much more isolationist. Now we are the most powerful country on Earth and the president needs to constantly interface with the rest of the world. Forgive me if I'd prefer that person have even the vaguest understanding of how the other 7 billion people in the world live. Why the fuck do so many Americans proudly embrace ignorance? Why is it a badge of honor here?
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Male 9,498
@LostWaldo that's bullshit. This isn't some obscure fact. I can name you a dozen world leaders with no problem and I'm not a former Governor that has run for President multiple times. It doesn't take a briefing or an ear piece it takes picking up a newspaper occasionally.
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Male 1,114
and The President and the the Major parties candidates have a slew of people constantly briefing them and keeping them up to date on all the facts.  Gary Johnson's low budget campaign does not have those resources.  If he were to become President, then he would have all that information constantly being fed to him right before he goes on TV.  He's have a little earbud feeding him information so if he gets a little nervous or has a brain fart, someone is feeding him the information he needs.
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Male 10,855
What the constitution is irrelevant because it's so old? Well I guess the same goes for Shakespeare or Roman history.
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Female 4,171
pity the electoral college will vote for whom they're paid to vote for.
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Male 4,388
Ridiculous. Maybe it's time that we insist on a basic civics and world affairs competency test for those who want to get on the ballot for national office. How is it that nations with populations 1/10th the size of ours are able to come up with better candidates for office then we are? Or to put it another way: 320 million people--and this is the best we can do?!
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Male 9,498
Well let's see. Its an INSANELY stressful job that sucks the life out of you (look at before and after photos). No matter how good a job you do or how much you improve things half the country will hate you (look at Obama's presidency). You can't take a break or vacation without people bitching about it (look at 5 Cats's posts). You are blamed for EVERYTHING (Again, look at 5 Cats's posts). There is no money in it. You can't really even get the things you want to get done done. What kind of psycho would WANT to be president?
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Male 4,388
Good points, all--especially the PentaPuss observations.  :)  So what's the fix? Is there nothing to be done but resign ourselves to having really crappy presidential candidates from here on out? Psychos only need apply? I have no answers. Don't know if you do. But what the heck?
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