Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico now running for president as a Libertarian, got a major dose of mainstream media coverage today via Dave Weigel of the Washington Post.
“Like 10,000 other journalists this week, I talked to Gary Johnson,” Weigel tweeted this morning.
The comment reflects the fact that Johnson, who is making his second longshot bid for president, is finally getting his day in the media sun. Johnson ran in 2012 as a Libertarian and took about 1 percent of the vote – and barely garnered a blip on the media radar screen. This time – with his campaign buoyed by widespread dissatisfaction with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – a lot more reporters are paying attention, and it is showing in the polls.
“One survey this week from Fox News gave him 12 percent of the vote in a three-way race with Clinton and Trump — a decent showing for a candidate that most voters don’t know, or don’t know is a former governor, or don’t know is a presidential candidate,” Weigel wrote. “The key for Johnson is to continue to be included in national polls at all — and to move that number up to 15 percent, so he qualifies for the fall debates.”
Weigel’s story on Johnson is posted online but it’s not in the actual newspaper today. It’s unclear when – or if – the piece will make it into the print version of the Post.
Meanwhile, Johnson also made an appearance this week on the comedic public affairs show “Full Frontal” with Samantha Bee, a “Daily Show” alum. It’s an odd and amusing interview. You can check it out here.