The underdogs

The underdogs

Abby Carpenter, news-features editor

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are deemed the most unpopular presidential candidates in history according to pbs.org, but voters still have two other options. These other options are Gary Johnson, Libertarian and Jill Stein, Green Party. According to the national polls, Johnson is currently drawing around 7 percent of votes while Stein is pulling 2 percent.

Gary Johnson

Johnson and his running mate, Bill Weld, are former two-term governors, Johnson for New Mexico and Weld for Massachusetts. Johnson likes to refer to himself as an entrepreneur according to johnsonweld.com. To pay for his college, Johnson started a door-to-door handyman business and eventually it grew into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico.

According to Johnson, his political views are Libertarians are fiscally conservative. He said he does not support a federal minimum wage or the death penalty. He is pro-choice, embraces immigration and supports gay marriage. Johnson wants to eliminate income and corporate tax, abolish the IRS and replace it with one federal consumption tax.

“I’m really down for the idea that [Johnson] presents that government should be less involved and not just in the economy, but in your personal life and that you can choose what you want to do and how you want to do it,” Caleb Beasley, senior, said.

The Commision on Presidential Debates chose five polls, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC, where the candidates must obtain at least 15 percent of the votes to be able to participate in the presidential debate. Johnson did not acquire the votes, therefore did not participate in the debates.

“You only waste your vote if you vote for someone you don’t believe in, so it doesn’t really matter if you vote for Jill Stein or Johnson as long as you believe in what you believe in then you’re not wasting your vote at all,” Beasley said.

Jill Stein

Jill Stein is completing her second election. Her first was running for president in 2012. Stein currently holds the record for the most votes ever received a female in the United States general election. Stein is a mother, physician and environmental health advocate.

Stein believes in free public higher education and also calls for bailing out young people who are stuck in student debt. She wants the minimum wage raised to $15 an hour and believes the United States can have 100 percent clean renewable energy by the year 2030. Stein believes in a foreign policy based on international law and human rights and wants to end the war on drugs while treating drug issues as public health issues not a crime. She wants to provide health care as a human right. She is pro-choice and supports immigration.

“We have gotten so far into our two party system that people in politics are afraid of changing that,” Jacob Melsha, senior, said. “Yes, it is a longshot for [Johnson or Stein] to win, especially because we are a month out, but I feel like at this point, the point of third party candidates is not to win the election but bring the ideas to the table.”