Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is making his way across the country's college campuses in a last-ditch effort to create momentum and generate support among young people for his campaign.
In a speech to about 150 people at the University of Cincinnati, Johnson said that the Democrats and Republicans are offering the same tired ideas. He added that, if the nation votes again for a major-party nominee as president, "We're going to find ourselves with a heightened police state. We're going to find ourselves in a continued state of military intervention. And we're going to find ourselves continuing to borrow and spend money in a way that is absolutely not sustainable."
Johnson, the former two-term governor of New Mexico, said, "What is more of a wasted vote than voting for somebody that you don't believe in?"
The Libertarian Party has qualified to place Johnson on the ballot in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The other three states are immersed in legal battles over Johnson's ballot access.
But Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus says Johnson is "almost a non-factor" in the race for electoral votes. Priebus told CNN's "State of the Union" that, "People understand that they're not going to throw their vote away when he have an election year that's about the future of America."
Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog, "Ken Walsh's Washington," for usnews.com, and is the author of "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and on Facebook and Twitter.