Were you worried that the Republican debates were starting to get a little dull? Well, have no fear! Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has just been invited to the next debate, and that’s sure to liven things up, right? Right?
Johnson has finally managed to crack the 1 percent threshold for qualifying to debate, so Fox News will be allowing him to attend this Thursday’s debate prior to the Florida straw poll. This despite the fact that the Florida GOP isn’t happy with him being included at all. The party has decided to leave him off the straw poll ballots, saying they’ve already been sent to the printer.
Johnson, with his anti-war, pro-choice, pro-legalizing marijuana traditional libertarianism, could add some pretty feisty dialogue to the debate — if, of course, the moderators actually ask questions of anyone besides Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. If nothing else, it would be a much broader diversity of viewpoint than the last few debates’ game of “who can be the most conservative on stage.”
Michigan’s Thaddeus McCotter, also a presidential candidate who’s never made it into a debate, congratulated Johnson on finally making it to the big time. McCotter himself says he’s working on being the first sitting member of Congress to never get invited to a debate.
Then of course, there’s Fred Karger. Despite polling high enough to qualify, no one seems interested in extending an invitation at all.
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