WATCH: Libertarian Presidential Candidate Plays Along With Colbert: 'Yeah, I'm High'
Gary Johnson sure is getting a lot of press for being a "fringe" candidate. Or maybe Americans are just curious, given their overall disatisfaction with their choices this election. Stephen Colbert, host of 'The Late Show' wanted to find out - but ended up getting confronted on his own bias toward the system in the process.
"What is a Libertarian?" Colbert asked the first full presidential ticket he'd ever interviewed - Gary Johnson and his running mate William Weld, both former Republican governors of blue states, now Libertarians.
“We were fiscally conservative and socially liberal [as governors], the notion that people should be able to make their own decisions in their own lives always come down on the side of choice. And from a military intervention standpoint, I think the fact that we put troops on the ground, drop bombs, fly drones and kill thousands of people at the end of the day has a consequence that’s worse, not better," Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson answered.
Of course, as Libertarians, the candidates believe the Democrat and Republican parties both cause voters to compromise where they feel they shouldn't have to.
“With the Democrats you’ve got the government in your pocketbook and with the Republicans it’s much worse because you’ve got the government in your bedroom, so that’s the choice," William Weld told Colbert.
Johnson agreed, advocating "more personal freedom and responsibility," and of course "the social side [of] a woman's right to choose, marriage equality, marijuana legalization."
Speaking of marijuana, Colbert asked Johnson if he might be high right now.
"Being on this show, yeah," Johnson played along adroitly.
Johnson then thanked Colbert for having him and his running mate on the show, with one little caveat.
"You start off the show by talking about the fact that there are only two candidates—Trump and Hillary!” Johnson exclaimed.
"I'm part of the problem," agreed Colbert.