Johnson campaign claims debate victory, sort of
October 4th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
8 years ago

Johnson campaign claims debate victory, sort of

Washington (CNN) - Not invited to participate? No problem. Just declare yourself the winner.

Following last night's debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson's campaign did just that in an email to supporters.

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"The candidate who WON last night was Gov. Gary Johnson – and he wasn't even allowed on the stage," wrote Ron Nielson, Johnson's campaign manager. "He wasn't allowed on the stage for the very same reason that he won. He told the truth, and the Republicans and Democrats didn't want any truth being told on the stage they had bought and paid for."

The Commission on Presidential Debates didn't invite Johnson to the forum because he did not meet the polling threshold needed to permit inclusion. The Johnson campaign has sued the commission because of this rule, arguing that it violated anti-trust laws.

In his email to supporters, Nielson brags about the reach Johnson had on social media.
"Last night, there was one candidate for president whose followers on Twitter increased by 7,000," the email stated.

In theory, Johnson is right – he is the only candidate that gained 7,000 followers. However, his intent – to brag about the number his campaign believes contrast with the other campaigns – is incorrect.

According to Twitter Counter, a web based application that counts the number of Twitter followers an account gains over a period of time, @Mitt Romney gained 12,131 followers on debate day and @BarackObama gained 81,381.

Last night, while Obama and Romney debated in front of a massive primetime audience, Johnson hosted an "on-line commentary" to supporters. Using Google+, the Johnson campaign says the former New Mexico governor would use the forum to respond to the major party candidates.

This won't be the last time Johnson uses this format. In an email to supporters, Johnson said he plans to use the format "during subsequent debates," too.

Filed under: 2012 • Gary Johnson • Presidential Debate
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Name::Dr. Karen L. Palmer

    JKCash::Amy Pinegar::Miss Black::sent out 3 cops in a few minutes if you calculate by J.R.Longs monitors;:each time I walk outside::the burns on my legs are evidence.::Palmer!

    October 4, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He should have been invited. There should be a lower threshold or a seperate debate for those minor parties like the Green and Libertarian to name a few.

    October 4, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. William

    Voting for Romney or Obama if you don't agree with them is wasting your vote. By voting for them, you are giving your consent and support to the candidates that these parties are running.

    They want you to think that you are voting against the other guy, and then claim your support and perpetuate this system and these polilcies in the name of the people.

    October 4, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. pkaltchev

    If 35% of You seepl Americans wasting your vote for Gary Johansen, he will be your president and you will be a lot better in the future as well as the all world.

    October 4, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Manofcolor

    The democrats want hope and change and move forward. The republicans and T party want to take the country back. As long as we have the 2 parasite parties in control, that will never happen. Like I always say-Grownups should never vote for anyone with a D or R next to their name!

    October 4, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Definitely better than Romney. All we've heard from him is lies. Romney worse than Gingrich. At least people caught on to Gingrich. Some are still believing Lyin Ryan and flip-flop Mitt (a flip-flop is nicely saying lied).

    October 5, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  7. Josh

    Huh. Not surprising that the only report on Johnson was immediately buried. Also no surprise that my original comment pointing out CNN's part in stonewalling Johnson during the GOP primary, and its near blackout of his campaign was never posted. Wasn't waiting for moderation it was just never allowed to appear.

    October 5, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  8. Patrice Thibodeau

    George H.W. Bush & Bill Clinton invited Ross Perot to Debates in 1992 with only 5% (which is what Gov. Gary Johnson is already polling at nationally), but he wasn't invited to the Debates in 1996 because Dole knew he would take away votes from him & Clinton wanted to have a non-changer debate, finished with approx. half votes (8.5%), than he did in 1992 (19.6%). Could being in the Presidential Debates effect the outcome of an election? Yes.

    After, Ross Perot was denied to be in the debates in 96', the League of Women Voters withdrew sponsorship from the Presidential Debates, & the Commission on Presidential Debates was established by former chairs of both the Republican & Democrat Party, with the polling rule threshold of 15% in at least 5 national polls.

    GQ Magazine declared Gary Johnson: "The sanest man running for president"...& "absurdly honest & smart." He'll be on the ballots in all 50 States & the District of Columbia.

    Gary Johnson takes votes away from Romney & Obama in many swing states & is the only candidate that is talking about issues that Romney & Obama won't. I wonder why they don't want him in the debates, & why won't they invite him, like Bush & Clinton did with Perot in 92'?

    October 5, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
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