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Interview: Gary Johnson’s “Waste Your Vote” College Tour

Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray are making the rounds at colleges across America, delivering their message of liberty to twenty campuses apiece in what the Libertarian Party ticket is billing as Gary Johnson’s “Waste Your Vote” college tour.

When I last spoke with Gov. Johnson after his appearance at P.A.U.L. Fest, he was riding a wave of adrenaline and momentum that continues to swell as he and Judge Gray relentlessly court the youth vote. I recently had the opportunity to speak with him again:

Craig Schlesinger: Since we last spoke there seems to be a large uptick in coverage of your campaign. Do you have a sense of where that’s coming from?

Gary Johnson: I’ve actually seen it all the way across the board. I was on MSNBC [this past Saturday] and they recognized me for being at six percent, which is very significant. And I’ll point out the obvious– are you hearing my name six times for every one hundred times you’re hearing Obama’s name or Romney’s name? Maybe one time for every three thousand times! But I have seen a big uptick, and all for the good.

Craig Schlesinger: Yet the big remaining void is the mainstream media not actually covering your campaign on a daily basis. They might have you on for an interview every so often, but…

Gary Johnson: When you get back to increased coverage, that’s where they’re not covering at all. I’m getting an interview now and then, but not getting coverage as to what’s happening out on the campaign trail. And you know, Craig, it’s all on an uptick right now, so relatively speaking I guess I don’t have anything to complain about. There’s still time to actually win the race! I know that sounds crazy, but I wouldn’t be out here if that weren’t the case.