Reports Alicia M. Cohn on The Hill:
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson said Tuesday night that he is running as a third-party candidate because he has a message to convey: “Politics be damned.”
“The ‘pie in the sky’ notion” is to win the race, Johnson told The Daily Show. He also noted that he’ll appear on ballots alongside President Obama and Mitt Romney in all 50 states in November.
“Lots of opportunity to change the world a little bit,” he said, describing his campaign. “I have seen nothing but increased crowds, increased appetite for what I have to say.” Comedy Central host Jon Stewart described being a libertarian as two halves of a friendship necklace — half Republican, half Democrat, according to the policies that traditionally appeal to each part — coming together to make a whole heart. Johnson agreed.