Key Words: Gary Johnson bites tongue in bid to demonstrate how debate slot would aid his presidential bid

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, lamenting that his poll numbers did not qualify him for a place on the debate stage Monday, told NBC’s Kasie Hunt that participation would have thrust him into contention. His mere presence on the stage would have done the heavy lifting, rather than his own performance, he humbly conceded. “It would just be that people would recognize that there is another choice,” he said. And then he launched into a peculiar dramatization of his point:

‘I could stand up there for the whole debate and not say anything.’

The exact wording is, admittedly, a touch hard to make out.

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