Don’t squander vote, Libertarian VP hopeful says

A vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.

That’s one reason Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate and a former Orange County, Calif. superior court judge Jim Gray listed Monday evening in an effort to convince three dozen audience members at a campaign stop at Colorado Mesa University that they should vote for him and his running mate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. In response to a question about why Coloradans should vote for a third-party candidate when the battleground state is closely divided between Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama, Gray contended those who vote for a candidate they support will not regret bowing out of the two-party race.

“The only wasted vote is a vote for someone you don’t believe in,” he said.

Gray added a Libertarian vote from Republicans disenchanted with Romney would send a message to their party that Romney is not an acceptable candidate. He also said the Johnson/Gray ticket could have a better chance in 2016 if they got 5 percent of the national vote this year, which would qualify the Libertarian Party for federal funding in the next presidential election. Given his minimalist views on federal funding and control, Gray said the funding isn’t ideal but needed to “beat the (two-party) system.”

Tim Menger, the Libertarian candidate for House District 54, spoke and shared his support for Johnson and Gray. Menger has been quiet about his Republican contender in the House race, Jared Wright, but opened up Monday, saying Wright misled voters about the cause of Wright’s bankruptcy and his departure from the Fruita Police Department.


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