Election HQ 'What Is Aleppo?': Gary Johnson Appears Stumped by Question on Syria
Johnson joins Neil Cavuto on Fox News, today at 4p ET.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) September 8, 2016
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson was seemingly stumped in an interview this morning when asked about his plan for Syria.
Mike Barnicle asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," what Johnson would do, if elected president, about Aleppo, the city in northern Syria which is at the heart of the civil war and refugee crisis.
"And what is Aleppo?" Johnson answered.
Barnicle, looking somewhat shocked, asked Johnson if he was kidding.
"No," said Johnson, prompting Barnicle to explain it for him.
Wait presidential candidate Gary Johnson just paused in interview, looking puzzled, and asked "What is Aleppo?"
— Ed Henry (@edhenry) September 8, 2016
The former New Mexico governor has argued he should be included in the presidential debates with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but he must reach 15% in the polls to be invited. A CNN poll earlier this week showed him at 7% ahead of the first debate Sept. 26.
Mitt Romney tweeted just yesterday that he hopes voters get to see Johnson debate.
I hope voters get to see former GOP Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld on the debate stages this fall.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 7, 2016
Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt reacted on America's Newsroom, saying that Johnson's flub took away "even the notional idea of Gary Johnson as an escape route" for voters who refuse to support Clinton or Trump.
"I think he should have gone with 'Aleppo was the other Marx brother' as a comedic line of retreat," he joked.
Neil Cavuto will interview Gov. Johnson later today at 4:00pm ET on "Your World."
Goodbye Gov. Johnson wow.. "What do you do with Aleppo?"
GJ: "What is Aleppo"?
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) September 8, 2016
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 8, 2016