By Tom Quiner

I am not endorsing the Libertarian candidates above.

Nor am I discounting them. I have major disagreements with them on issues like human abortion, marriage, and foreign policy. Those disagreements are so large that it is highly unlikely I could ever pull the lever for a Libertarian Party candidate.

But I like their ad.

It has substance.

It is positive.

It is hopeful.

Republicans, and especially Democrats (since they have a much larger war chest), are poised to spend millions of dollars bashing each other in the teeth the next few months.

In fact, Hillary recently spent some $40 million in negative TV spots against the Donald, to no effect. Trump continues to peck away at her lead as her negatives continue to climb.

How I long for ads with substance, that are positive, that are hopeful. Libertarian candidates, Gary Johnson and William Weld, could affect the outcome of this election if they hit 15% in the polls. At that point, networks would include them in presidential debates, exposing their positive, hopeful message to a much wider audience.

A CNN poll that came out three days ago had them at 13%. With ads like the one above, fifteen percent is within their grasp.


  1. abcinsc on July 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Gary Johnson is the marijuana legalization candidate. Everything else is – shall I say it – a smoke screen. Believe it or not, I’ve actually met the guy – he was incoherent.

    • quinersdiner on July 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Maybe he was simply high. 😉 Don’t get me wrong, Art, I’m not a fan. I did like the ad, though.

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