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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"I guess I'm having an Aleppo moment"

Gary Johnson stumbled once again in his third party bid for the presidency. After host Chris Matthews asked Johnson to name his favorite foreign leader, the candidate was unable to produce a single name. The moment was reminiscent of the 2008 campaign, when Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin struggled to name a single newspaper she read. Johnson perhaps furthered the gaffe with self-deprecating humor by referencing his "what is Aleppo" stumble earlier in the month.

1 comment:

Daniel Ludlam said...

I actually understand having a hard time naming a single respectable foreign leader, especially since libertarians historically don't hold a great deal of power. Even Angela Merkel isn't the stalwart champion of austerity and fiscal libertarianism that she used to be.

That said, he definitely handled it wrong. It's a textbook gaffe that would hurt his chances if only he'd had any to begin with. Too bad.

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