Sarah Palin and Gary Johnson

In her interview with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin infamously could not answer what newspapers and magazines she read. I thought of this while listening to Robert Wenzel interview Gary Johnson. In response to the question: “Who are your favorite, say, top two or three libertarian authors?” Johnson finally mentioned Ayn Rand, but then acknowledged that she was not a libertarian fan and that objectivists are not necessarily libertarians. Then he mentioned, not an author, but the Cato Handbook. When asked about his favorite Murray Rothbard book, Johnson admitted that he had never read Rothbard and that he was mistaken earlier in the interview when he said that he had. On Ludwig von Mises, Johnson said he read only excerpts. On Henry Hazlitt, he said he had not read him either.

And this man is the LP presidential candidate?


1:27 pm on June 3, 2012