Romney pushes for Gary Johnson to make debate stage

FILE - In this May 18, 2016 file photo, Libertarian presidential candidate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speak with legislators at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. He has virtually no money, no strategy to compete in battleground states and no plan to stop talking about his drug use. Yet with the Republican Party facing the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson could be a factor in 2016. The former two-term New Mexico governor, a Republican businessman perhaps best known for his years-long push to legalize marijuana, has a sobering message for a “never-Trump” movement desperately seeking a viable alternative. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

NBC NEWS – Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney tweeted Wednesday that he wants to see the Libertarian ticket included in the presidential debates this fall.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is currently polling below 15 percent, the benchmark to appear on the debate stage. A lawsuit filed by Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein against the Commission on Presidential Debates was dismissed by a judge last month, leaving the third-party candidates scrambling to boost their support ahead of the first debate on Sept. 26.

Like Romney, Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld is also a former Massachusetts governor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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