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Gary Johnson: US Gives 'Money to New Dictators to Take Over From Old Dictators'

CHICAGO -- Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson wasted no time in self-promotion on Tuesday night when he pleaded in his closing statement to Americans to "waste your voter on me."
Johnson was one of four politicians to attend the Free and Equal Elections Foundation's debate of third-party candidates in Chicago.

The former governor of New Mexico said he owes a lot to Ron Paul who ran in the Republican Party earlier this year despite running as a Libertarian in years before.

Johnson's platform consists mostly of reducing government spending both domestically and abroad.

Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky talked with Johnson just minutes before the debate.

How are you doing? You’re extremely popular here, I have to say!

It’s a debate among third parties, anyway.

Speak it off! I imagine you’ve watched a lot of the other debates.

I have! I watched them all!

Weren’t there some issues missing?

Last night, foreign affairs. How about the notion of no military intervention? How about the notion of Syria and Libyan Embassy? How about not having dinner in the first place?

But would that take away diplomacy? The opportunity for diplomacy to have the relations?

See, diplomacy sounds wonderful. But what it amounts to – is that we give money to new dictators to take over from old dictators. That’s our diplomacy! We pick new winners. And the new winners rule in ways that we don’t agree with. And yes, we put them in the power and make it better than that was there. But if you take Mubarak as an example, all over a 20-year period he’s pretty bad!

And if we consider we supported Mubarak, we actually supported original Taliban, we supported a lot of these people in history.

We’re supporting the Syrian insurgents. Quarter of them are jihadists. We haven’t learnt anything!

Chickens come home to roost, eventually.

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