Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, said that he agrees with 73 percent of what Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) says, citing that libertarians agree with socialism as long as it’s voluntary.
On Tuesday, a caller from Arkansas on CSPAN’s Washington Journal questioned Johnson about Sanders, saying that people she knows want Sanders to win the nomination. She suggested that Johnson and Sanders could sit down together.
This was after she called Johnson a Republican, and Johnson said he wanted to “draw a line of distinction” between being a Republican and being a Libertarian.
“I would really like to see him [Johnson] and William Weld stand behind Bernie Sanders, maybe sit down and talk to him and group together because there’s a whole lot of people out here that want Bernie Sanders to win the nomination and if he’s not in the nomination, I’m sure you’d take home the prize,” the caller from Arkansas said. “If you had all the ideas Bernie Sanders has and three-quarters of America have.”
William Weld, Johnson’s running mate, was governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997.
Johnson then brought up the website ISideWith.com, on which the Libertarian Party has purchased ads to promote its petition to add Johnson to the presidential debate stage.
This website is a political quiz consisting of 60 questions that collectively determine which presidential candidate the person most aligns with. Johnson said that after siding 100 percent with himself, the next closest candidate he sides with is Sanders at 73 percent.