campaign 2016

Gary Johnson Fine With Playing Spoiler, Envisions More
“Give us a chance and we will make a difference,” says Libertarian nominee

Libertarian vice presidential nominee Gov. Bill Weld, left, and returning presidential nominee Gov. Gary Johnson, center, at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico turned Libertarian Party nominee for president, has no qualms about possibly costing either of the major parties the White House this fall.  

“I will lose no sleep if that is the label given to me,” Johnson assured those gathered at the National Press Club on Thursday when asked about potentially inheriting the “spoiler” mantle from previous third-party challengers Ross Perot and Ralph Nader.  

America Still Obsessed with ‘The West Wing’
Fans quiz Podesta about Leo McGarry

John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, talks with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp before a Senate policy luncheon in 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The show has been off the air for more than a decade. Yet fans of the Emmy award-winning drama, "The West Wing” — including Clinton administration aide John Podesta — can’t stop talking about the Washington that producer Aaron Sorkin effectively tattooed onto the collective consciousness.  

Turning to TV for leadership is not how President Barack Obama would like to see the 2016 presidential election play out.  

Lewandowski No Longer a Good Fit for Trump
Campaign manager was let go as Trump looks ahead to Clinton and national campaign

Corey Lewandowski is out as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is an outspoken and bare knuckles political operative whose personal style seemed to mesh with the brash presumptive Republican presidential nominee before he became a lightning rod for criticism.

Lewandowski’s reputation for confrontation, including one landmark incident with a reporter at a Trump rally in Florida, served the business mogul well enough during the political knife fights of the primaries.