Libertarian presidential candidate and former governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson spent an hour Wednesday morning answering questions posted by users of the social networking website Reddit.
Johnson has appeared on the site previously, as has President Barack Obama, a sign that the offbeat online community may be growing in relevance.
“We have been following the (Ask Me Anythings)," said Harrison Bergeron, sophomore biology major and vice president of Libertarians at Virginia Tech. Bergeron and the club were excited to hear from Johnson on Reddit. The club has 200 email subscribers and 50 active members.
Libertarians at Virginia Tech believes Johnson offers the best solutions for the country, and especially for students preparing to enter the workforce.
“The economy, unemployment, these are things that are going to affect us. We need a government that’s going to work to allow jobs to be created,” Bergeron said.
Johnson’s online event Wednesday came during his campaign’s tour of the southwestern United States that included speaking engagements at Arizona State University and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Bergeron was hopeful the candidate would also visit Tech before the election. Jim Gray, the Libertarian vice presidential candidate, visited campus on Monday.
Johnson was able to respond to more than thirty comments during his time on Reddit. The former governor touted his libertarian platform, which aims to limit government in both social and fiscal matters.