Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said in a recent interview regarding ISIS that he would likely continue President Barack Obama’s current policies so as not to make the situation worse than it currently is.
In an interview with David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” a podcast produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN, Johnson said Obama’s position on containing ISIS has been “well-thought” and that he would likely continue with similar policies.
The former governor of New Mexico told Axelrod, “I don’t want to do anything that takes a step backwards” in the fight against ISIS. He added that although he hasn’t had access to national security briefings like the major party candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, his current position is similar to the president’s on the important issue.
Johnson is currently polling around 9 percent in many major states, short of the 15 percent he needs in order to be included in nationally televised presidential debates.
In the interview with Axelrod, Johnson also mentioned his recent gaffe in not recognizing Aleppo, a city in Syria hit hard by civil war in recent years.
Other topics of the nearly hour-long conversation included Johnson's opposition to the Paris climate change agreement and his belief that unlimited political campaign contributions should be allowed as long as there is full disclosure about the contributions.
He also mentioned he would be in favor of safer methods for heroin use, such as clinics that would test drugs for safety, although he did not favor the government providing these programs and thought they should be privately administered.
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