RICHMOND, Va. — Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is scheduled to pay a visit to Richmond Monday.
The former New Mexico governor, who will also make stops at Liberty University and University of Virginia, was originally slated appear at VCU’s Monroe Park campus, but organizers said the event was shifted to the Hippodrome to accommodate larger crowds.
The candidate said the event is to motivate students and young professionals to vote as well as to sign Johnson’s petition to allow third party candidates to participate in the presidential debates.
Johnson will speak at the Hippodrome at 528 North 2nd Street at 7 p.m.
After 36 years of endorsing Republican candidates, The Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsed Johnson in September.
The Times-Dispatch editorial board began to explore the possibility of endorsing Johnson and his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, several weeks ago, as scandal continued to engulf the Democratic nominee while the Republican candidate’s statements and behavior daily piled distress upon puzzlement.
Johnson’s clear and consistent support for limited government, free enterprise, social tolerance and individual freedom appeals to our own philosophical leanings. An examination of his policy positions revealed that they often match our longstanding editorial creed.