Libertarian presidential candidate courts Sanders followers

AP-Gary Johnson
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is wasting no time in courting backers of Bernie Sanders after the Vermont senator endorsed former rival Hillary Clinton.

Johnson appeared Tuesday in a new YouTube video to urge people who are still “feeling the Bern” to consider the Libertarian Party option.

The former two-term New Mexico governor is urged Sanders supporters to “google Gary Johnson” in the video highlighting Johnson’s civil rights score card from the ACLU and Clinton’s positions on the Iraq War and the bombing of Libya. Johnson makes only passing reference to Republican contender Donald Trump.

Libertarians including Johnson are pushing for reduced spending and taxes, saying the federal government has gotten too big across the board. Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld is the Libertarian vice presidential nominee. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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