The following was published in the Star Tribune by Natalie Daher on October 27, 2016.
It was pro-Uber, antiwar, pro-marijuana and anti-surveillance at the leading third-party candidate’s rally Thursday night in Minnesota.
It was pro-miracle (for the win) and anti-border wall. It was pro-Black Lives Matter — despite a handful of boos — and anti-crony capitalism.
For some Gary Johnson supporters, it will be a second vote for the Libertarian presidential candidate, the first for a likable politician, or simply a crapshoot.
“First, they ignore you. Then, they laugh at you,” Johnson said, quoting Mahatma Gandhi. “Then, they fight you. Then, you win.”
A few hundred people attended Johnson’s Thursday evening rally at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, where the two-time presidential nominee and former Republican governor of New Mexico uttered the names of his big-ticket contenders only once during his 40-minute speech.
Johnson, whose running mate is William Weld, former Republican governor of Massachusetts, will appear on the ballot in all 50 states. Former Gov. Jesse Ventura has endorsed Johnson, who was born in North Dakota.
“First of all, most people voting for Johnson are voting for Johnson,” said Cara Schulz, who runs the Libertarian Party’s state convention and is vying for a Burnsville City Council seat. “When people say ‘You’re wasting your vote,’ they’re saying they would like your voice to be silent so their voice is louder. And that’s unethical.”
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