June 30, 2016 · 9:05 AM EDT
On Sept. 26, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off in Dayton, Ohio, for what's anticipated to be the most-watched presidential debate in history. Republicans need Gary Johnson to be on the stage.
Normally, both parties try to marginalize third-party candidates and keep them from getting publicity in order to prevent them from siphoning off supporters. But some Republicans just can’t vote for Trump (or Clinton) for president, yet vulnerable GOP Members need those voters to turn out for races down the ballot.
Considering Trump had a 28 percent negative rating among Republicans in the June 19-23 NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, there is a good chance some Republicans can’t stomach either presidential nominee.
Johnson , a former Republican governor of New Mexico, could be a viable alternative for Republicans looking to voice their disapproval of both parties.
“We don’t just need Republicans, we need independents who look like us,” according to one veteran GOP strategist.
One way to elevate Johnson’s profile is to be on the stage at Wright State University for the first debate, but he’ll need to meet the requirements from the Commission on Presidential Debates .
“Under the 2016 criteria, in addition to being constitutionally eligible, candidates must appear…
June 17, 2016 · 4:00 PM EDT
Republican Reps. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina and Randy Forbes of Virginia lost GOP primaries within the last couple of weeks, but it’s not because we’re having a throw-the-bums-out election.
While Donald Trump rode a wave of anti-Establishment sentiment to the GOP presidential nomination, his…
June 17, 2016 · 3:59 PM EDT
In a race full of surprises, I’m surprised that Democrats are surprised that Bernie Sanders isn’t quite ready to exit quietly stage left from the presidential contest.
The Vermont senator took one step closer to bowing out on Thursday night, but stopped short of a concession.
“The major political…
June 17, 2016 · 3:58 PM EDT
A new public poll showing GOP Rep. Mia Love trailing Democratic challenger Doug Owens by 6 points doesn’t smell quite right. But the congresswoman could still be in for a competitive race, even though Utah’s 4th District isn’t a typical swing seat.
The June 2-8 automated poll conducted by…
June 17, 2016 · 3:57 PM EDT
Four months away from the Iowa caucuses on the calendar, California seemed to have a negligible chance of playing a part in the presidential nominating contests. But just as it looked like Republicans and Democrats might fight it out all the way to June 7, Donald Trump locked up the GOP nomination…