A candidate for Vice President campaigned in First State Tuesday– but not the one you’d expect. Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate Jim Gray – not Joe Biden – courted voters in Dover.
Gray, a retired California Superior Court Judge, is running with the Libertarian presidential candidate – former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson – on a platform of fiscal responsibility and social tolerance. He believes that platform can appeal to a broad array of voters, including Ron Paul supports, Tea Party activists and those in the Occupy movement.
One of Gray’s stops was at Delaware State University where he wanted to make students aware of the financial crisis being left to them.
“Honestly and embarrassingly enough, my generation has really been financially irresponsible – such that our economy is in real trouble,” said Gray. “They need to know this – that my children, who are older than them, are going to have to pay it back and people their age, as we speak, are bankrupt.”
Gray concedes winning is a long shot, but adds that doesn’t mean a vote for the Libertarian ticket is a wasted vote.
“If we get just 5 percent of the vote, that would be the end of the two party system. We will be able to receive matching funds in 2016. We’ll be able to be on the ballot in any state where we get 5 percent or more. That would be a really historic vote,” said Gray.
Gray also stopped at Shuckers Pier 13 during his Dover visit.