Libertarian vice presidential nominee William Weld appeals to voters who are unhappy with both the Republican and Democratic presidential nomineees. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Story: Libertarian vice presidential nominee William Weld rallied supporters in New York on Saturday (September 10), appealing to them to help "change the channel on this horror movie," an apparent reference to the current major party candidates for president. Weld and Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson are hoping to capitalize on voter unhappiness with the candidacies of Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Weld reminded the crowd that he and Johnson have long advocated positions that are only now being adopted by the major parties-the legalization of same sex marriage and marijuana. They're also trying to spring back from an embarrassing gaffe by Johnson during an MSNBC interview about the continuing battle for Syria's biggest city, Aleppo. When asked what he would do about Aleppo, Johnson replied, "What is Aleppo?" Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, has been trying to turn the two major candidates' low approval ratings to his advantage in the race to win the Nov. 8 election. However, he has just 8.6 support in the current average of opinion polls by website RealClearPolitics in a matchup with Clinton, Trump, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. While the Libertarian Party has long rejected U.S. military intervention abroad, the candidate's failure to recognize one of the most troubled spots in the Middle East drew ridicule and prompted speculation that his campaign was essentially over.