Reince Priebus Is Wrong: Gary Johnson Will Be A Factor – Let Him Debate!

Priebus: Gary Johnson A ‘Non-Factor’

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on Sunday that libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson was “almost a non-factor” in the GOP’s state-by-state electoral calculations.

Asked by CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” if he was worried about Johnson drawing votes from Republican Mitt Romney on Nov. 6, Priebus was dismissive.

“No, it doesn’t worry me,” he said.

“People understand that they’re not going to throw their vote away when we have an election year that’s about the future of America,” he added.

Priebus also compared the situation to the 1992 and 1980 elections, where popular third-party candidates Ross Perot and John Anderson mounted bids.

“We don’t have a third party candidate that’s anywhere near the name recognition or the popularity of Ross Perot or John Anderson,” Priebus said. “It’s almost a non-factor.”

10/7/12 9:18 AM EDT

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