WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Nearly 2,000 people came out to hear Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speak at Purdue University Tuesday. News 18 reports how the third-party candidate’s hot topics are gaining the attention of millennials.
For some Purdue students, like Megan Heitsimer, it’s no question whose name they’ll be circling on the presidential ballot.
“I will be voting for Gary Johnson in this election,” Heitsimer said.
Giovanni Malloy added, “Gov. Johnson is the right way to go.”
The former New Mexico governor served two terms as a Republican. In 2012, he ran for president as a Libertarian after withdrawing from the Republican nomination.
He came to campus to speak Tuesday and millennials, like Malloy, were pretty excited.
“People want to see the next generation succeed,” said Malloy. “People want to keep America alive, well, growing and prosperous.”
Johnson told News 18, most millennials are craving less government and want more social change. He said he reflects what most millennials believe in, which is making many convert to the Libertarian vote.
“I think most millennials recognize that choice in life, freedom and liberty,” Johnson said. “I should be able to decide anything in my life that I want as long as I don’t harm others.”
Johnson was adamant about people voting with their conscience, while students expressed voting for Johnson wouldn’t be a wasted vote.
“A wasted vote is voting for somebody you don’t believe in,” said Johnson.
Malloy agreed, “He provides a vision people can get behind. Rather than simply saying you shouldn’t let this person in office, vote against them.”
Johnson touched on the legalization of marijuana at the rally.
He also expressed, if elected, he would remove all federal student loans. He said if student loans never existed, tuition would be less expensive. Instead, he believes in private donations and said colleges and universities should attract the student.
Johnson spoke passionately about entrepreneurship and believes it is the future to our American economy.
He also expressed his view on joining forces with Russia to find a solution to the Syrian crisis. He took a moment to congratulate Secretary of State John Kerry on his ceasefire deal with Syria, which will take effect on Monday.
He also promised, if elected, to stay true to the Constitution’s original intent.
Purdue administrators invited each of the presidential candidates to come to campus. Johnson is the first to commit.