Johnson: "I'm sorry" for Aleppo gaffe

Most presidential hopefuls spend their Septembers in places like OH and Florida, hoping to win over a handful of swing voters in battleground states.

As part of a media blitz in NY to try to raise his polling numbers enough to qualify for the upcoming presidential debate, Johnson fielded a range of questions Thursday, September 8 with the aim of demonstrating he can take on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It's also worth noting that if our poll were scientific and nationally recognized-which it is not-a 15% standing would give Johnson a shot at participating in the presidential debates.

Even though Johnson agrees with Hillary Clinton and other Democrats on many social issues, most liberals upset with their nominee will vote for Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee.

To try to boost his numbers in the two remaining polls, Johnson is travelling around the country campaigning in states like Maine, Florida, and Washington. But he may be raising his profile the wrong way.

You might remember earlier this week when Libertarian candidate for Leader of the Free World Gary Johnson didn't know what "Aleppo" was.

Syria's 2011 pro-democracy uprising, which gradually devolved into civil war, has sparked a refugee crisis across the Middle East and Europe as millions fled their homes for safety.

In a recent MSNBC interview, Johnson needed a prompt regarding Aleppo, the war-torn city in Syria. Witness his response to his embarrassing "What is Aleppo?" fumble Thursday: "This morning, I began my day by setting aside any doubt that I'm human".

"People get excited at one faux pas", complained Ed Crane, who runs an outside group that supports Johnson and bought $100,000 worth of national television ads to boost the candidate's profile last week.

"Gary Johnson is kind of a lackluster Libertarian", Kafer said. Following his gaffe, the former New Mexico governor offered a relatively cogent summary of US support for various Syrian factions.

"And today we also know that the only other option on every American voter's ballot will be myself and Gov. Weld", added Johnson, the former GOP governor of New Mexico. All five polls - by the three major networks, Fox News Channel and CNN - were scheduled to have new results before the debate deadline. "I would venture that 90 percent or more of registered voters could not answer the same question that Johnson was asked, and yet he is somehow now not qualified?" he said. He is polling around 9 percent in the RealClearPolitics average, and numerous state polls have him above 15 percent.

"It's all regulated by the Commission on Presidential Debates - It sounds like a government agency, but it's not", the narrator says. "It's probably too high".

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are viewed less favorably by voters than any major-party presidential candidates since pollsters first asked the question in the 1960s. Pew Research Center put out a poll on August 18 which put Johnson at 10 percent nationally, while a more recent poll from CNN, which will be used in calculating the debate figures, leaves Johnson at 7 percent.



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