WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, the libertarian candidate for president, Governor Gary Johnson, and his running mate, governor bill weld appeared on MSNBC with Chris Matthews – and the only thing people are talking about is the question he didn’t have an answer to.
It’s a question you might not have an immediate answer to – but one that Chris Matthews felt a person running for president should - who is your favorite foreign leader? Gary Johnson, the libertarian candidate for president, did not appear to have an answer.
"Who’s your favorite foreign leader," Matthews asked Johnson, who sat beside his running mate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Matthews pushed Johnson to pick anyone, from any continent or country, after an apparently confused Johnson repeated the question. "Name one foreign leader that you respect and look up to," Matthews urged. "Anybody," he added. "Mine was Shimon Peres," weld offered. "I’m talking about living," Matthews said, pointing back to Johnson.
"You gotta do this," Matthews said. "Anywhere. Any continent. Canada, Mexico, Europe, over there, Asia, South America, Africa: name a foreign leader that you respect," Matthews said as Johnson continued to search for an answer.
"I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment," Johnson said — referring to a much-lampooned moment in an interview earlier this month, where he responded "what is Aleppo?" when asked what he would do about the Syrian city that has been decimated by civil war. "But I’m giving you the whole world," Matthews said. "Anybody in the world you like. Anybody. Pick any leader."
"The former president of Mexico," Johnson said. "Which one?" Matthews asked.
"I’m having a brain freeze," Johnson said.
On Thursday afternoon Johnson took to twitter and owned his mistake tweeting: “it’s been almost 24 hours…and I still can’t come up with a foreign leader I look up to.”