Meet the third-party candidates running for president

WASHINGTON — A majority of voters picking a president this fall will have third-party candidates from which to choose.

A Libertarian will be on the ballot in all 50 states. Twenty three states and the District of Columbia will have a Green Party presidential option.

For the Libertarian Party, former two-term governors Gary Johnson of New Mexico and Bill Weld of Massachusetts sell themselves as #TeamGov on social media and ask America: You in?

“I’m running for president,” Johnson states in a campaign video. “I’m running with him,” Weld adds.

The pair declare they are a viable option to major party candidates because they each have “been there, done that” as governors — balancing budgets and fighting corruption.

“As governor of New Mexico I vetoed wasteful spending 750 times, cut taxes 14 times and left the state with new highways, bridges, schools, hospitals and a $1 billion surplus without raising taxes a penny,” Johnson said.

“As governor of Massachusetts, I cut taxes 21 times and took unemployment from the highest rate among the 11 industrialized states to the lowest,” Weld said. “And, he did that in his first term,” Johnson chimes in on the video. “It was easy,” Weld responds.

On Election Day in November, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will be an option for more than 60 percent of the nation’s voters.

“We are unifying for a broader movement for people, planet and peace over profit,” the physician from Massachusetts said in a campaign speech.

Stein said she believes the Green Party is no longer just an alternative for voters.

“It is now the imperative,” Stein said in order to address the current economic, social and environmental crisis. “They talk about what’s politically possible. Well, we need to start talking about what is necessary for humanity and kick out the politicians who don’t act on those terms.”

Stein was a candidate to be governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. Also, she was the Green Party presidential candidate in 2012 when she received more than 450,000 votes — more votes than any other female presidential candidate in history, according to History Channel.

Kristi King

Kristi King is a veteran reporter who has been working in the WTOP newsroom since 1990. She covers everything from breaking news to consumer concerns and the latest medical developments.

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