Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson holds pre-debate online
The candidate’s Facebook live video broadcast begins at 18:00 EST Monday from Manhattan, with his running mate, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, according to Johnson’s campaign.
The live broadcast over 26,000 viewers, candidates took questions from the audience from global warming, TPP, declassifying marijuana, citizens united and the Affordable Care Act.
"We know that global warming is man caused, and there are less carbon emissions because of a free market at work," Johnson said on the live broadcast. He said the US is responsible for 16 percent of carbon emissions worldwide but the country can't take the lead with other countries not on board.
About the neck-and-neck race of the Democratic and Republican candidates, Johnson said the polls are still unfavorable about both candidates. He said the election is about values.
"You are voting for something, for principle, we are offing an alternative," said Johnson. "If everyone votes their conscience then we are the next president and vice president."
Johnson was against the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United because he didn't agree that "corporations as being citizens," but there needs to be 100% transparency for real campaign finance reform.
Johnson's running mate, Bill Weld, said the trouble with Affordable Care Act is there is too much government and insurance companies involved which is leading to a decline in quality of service and spiraling costs.
The online debate comes three hours before Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton participate in a televised presidential debate at Hofstra University on Long Island.
The former governor of New Mexico will also take question from viewers online.
No third-party candidate met the polling threshold of 15 percent supporters set by the Commission on Presidential Debate. On September 16, the Commission which only represents Democrats and Republicans, told Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Johnson they would be excluded from Monday’s debate, because they found Stein had only garnered a 3.2 percent support average, while Johnson had 8.4 percent, both well below the 15 percent threshold set by the commission. The commission sets the percentage polling average threshold, based on five polls of its choosing. Clinton averaged 43 percent, and Donald Trump 40.4 percent, according to their announcement.
Johnson is an American businessman and author as well as a former governor. His Libertarian platform includes supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it fosters free trade. He is opposed to foreign wars and if elected president said he pledged to cut the military budget by 43 percent in his first term. He would cut overseas bases, uniformed and civilian personnel, research and development, intelligence and nuclear weapons programs. He is a strong supporter of civil liberties and supports drug decriminalization and opposed censorship and regulation of the Internet.
Johnson, like Stein, said he will try to get on stage for the remaining two debates.
The Clinton-Trump debate will be broadcast on all the major network and cable news channels and is expected to draw a huge audience.