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Aug 25, 2016 6:30 PM

Gary Johnson on being a third-party candidate: 'this is deserved spoiling'

CONCORD — Presidential candidate Gary Johnson spoke to voters in front of the Statehouse on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier the Libertarian candidate and former GOP governor of New Mexico answered questions from reporters.

When asked if he thought he had a legitimate chance of winning the November presidential election, or if he thought he would simply play the roll of spoiler as a third-party candidate, Johnson said it would be "deserved spoiling."

Johnson and his running mate, former Republican Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts, made it clear that they hope to appear on the national debate stage with GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

To do that, Johnson would need to reach an average of 15 percentage points in a bunch of national polls before the first debate, which will be held on September 26 at Hofstra University in New York's Long Island.

He criticized Clinton's "pay to play" politics, referring to alleged political influence bought by wealthy donors.

He also called out Trump's stances on immigration and deportation as unrealistic.

As for the question of whether or not a vote for Johnson was wasted, the candidate said "a vote for a candidate you do not believe in is wasted."

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