Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate Visits JMU

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate Jim Gray made a stop at James Madison University on Monday. Gray said he and his running mate are in this to win the election. He said he stopped at JMU because it is the young voters who will make a difference.

Michael Johnson is one JMU student who came out to hear what Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate Gray had to say.

"I'm always trying to get the best view of everyone that's running so I can try to vote for the best candidate,” said Johnson. “I tend to believe that the best candidate has been members of many different parties, which is one of the reasons I can't commit to one."

He said he cannot commit to being a Democrat or Republican, so he calls himself an Independent. Monday he got to learn more about the Libertarian party, which is a political group he never thought about before.

Gray said he spoke to college students because they are the ones who can make a difference in this election.

"This is where the real action should be because it's their future. It's their country,” said Gray. “We are custodians and we haven't done a good job in my generation but it's up for them. They better take this seriously because this will affect them enormously."

That is something that Johnson understands.

"We're the people that are gonna grow up and be adults and these are the people that are gonna have to make decisions for us and we're gonna eventually have to do that, so coming out to at least hear what the man has to say is cardinal importance," said Johnson.

As a young voter, he knows how important his decision is in this election and that is why he said he wants to learn about all candidates in every party not just the red and blue. Above all, Johnson said he hopes his peers will actually go out to vote and make a difference.

"If you don't vote, you don't have a say. Please don't let anyone trick you out of that. No matter who you vote for, exercise your right. That's what our country's for. You can't do that in every country."

Johnson said he liked a lot of what Gray had to say and he said he will continue to listen to the candidates before making an informed decision in November. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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