Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson will be in Wisconsin on Thursday, and the party’s U.S. Senate candidate, Phil Anderson, expects the former New Mexico governor to deliver a consistent message.
“He offers a sane, credible option to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,” said Anderson, who’s also the vice-chair of the state Libertarian Party. “He’s appealing to people who believe in fiscal responsibility as well as being accepting, and I think that’s been his message all along.”
Johnson‘s stop at Serb Hall in Milwaukee comes as the latest Marquette Poll shows him at 11 percent among likely voters in a four-way race with Clinton, Trump and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. The rally marks Johnson’s first campaign event in Wisconsin.
Anderson responded to the “wasted vote” argument made about third party candidates. “I’d say that you’re wasting your vote if you cast your vote for somebody who you don’t believe in, or just to be in opposition to a certain candidate,” Johnson said. “That doesn’t tell the truth about what you believe and it doesn’t really have an effect on politics either.”
In the U.S. Senate race, the Marquette poll has incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson at 42 percent, Democrat Russ Feingold at 45 percent, and Anderson at six percent among likely voters in Wisconsin.