Libertarian Gary Johnson – “What Is Aleppo?”

During an appearance by Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning, Mike Barnicle Johnson asked Johnson his thoughts on Aleppo, and Johnson seemed stumped by the question:

Johnson: “What is Aleppo?”

Barnicle: “You’re kidding.”

Johnson: “No.”

Barnicle: “Aleppo is in Syria. It’s the epicenter of the refugee crisis.”

Host Joe Scarborough couldn’t resist commenting:

“You asked, ‘What is Aleppo?’ Do you really think that foreign policy is so insignificant that somebody running for president of the United States shouldn’t even know what Aleppo is, where Aleppo is, why Aleppo is so important?”

Johnson’s campaign released a statement on the gaffe which read:

“Yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict — I talk about them every day. But hit with “What about Aleppo?”, I immediately was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict. I blanked. It happens, and it will happen again during the course of this campaign,” Johnson said in the statement. “Can I name every city in Syria? No. Should I have identified Aleppo? Yes. Do I understand its significance? Yes.”

Watch the rather cringe-worthy moment below.

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry

A new campaign plans to tap into and build upon the growing support
for marriage equality expressed by young conservatives in the United

Freedom To Marry, the national advocacy group, launched the initiative,
Young Conservatives for the Freedom To Marry, on Tuesday. The campaign
intends to show the bipartisan nature of marriage equality by providing a
platform for conservatives, Republicans and Libertarians under the age
of 44 who believe the issue “fulfills basic conservative values of
responsibility and community, as well as limited government and
individual freedom,” according to a news release.

Recent polls show that support for marriage equality has grown across
every demographic, including conservative voters, and in particular
among young people. A poll from ABC News/Washington Post in May found
that while 61% of Republicans thought that same-sex marriage should be
illegal, 46% of Republicans between the ages of 18 and 44 supported
marriage equality.

“Freedom and family are core conservative values,” said conservative
commentator Margaret Hoover, a leadership committee member, in the
group’s news release. “We have a historic opportunity to reaffirm these
important values by supporting the fundamental freedom to marry for all
Americans.  Now is the time for a rising generation of voters and
leaders to embrace these virtues and join Young Conservatives for the
Freedom to Marry.”

Read more at the Advocate

Libertarian Party chooses former NM Gov. Gary Johnson as presidential candidate

The Libertarian Party on Saturday chose former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who was once a Republican White House hopeful, as its presidential candidate in the November 6 election.

Johnson, who announced in December he would run for
president as a Libertarian after mounting a long-shot candidacy for the
Republican nomination, won 70 percent of the votes cast by 632 delegates
at the party’s convention in Las Vegas, Libertarian Party spokesman
Stephen Gordon said.

Johnson, who became the
front-runner after winning straw polls at 12 previous state debates,
beat Air Force veteran R. Lee Wrights, after the field narrowed to two
candidates from six at the start of the convention on Thursday.