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Clinton responds to Johnson's "What is Aleppo?" gaffe

Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 00:41

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laughs when asked about Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson's blunder on Aleppo saying, ''You can look on the map and find Aleppo.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laughed when asked about the gaffe made by Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Speaking to reporters at a news conference in White Plains, New York, Clinton said, "You can look on the map and find Aleppo." Johnson was questioned about a major flashpoint of the Syrian civil war on Thursday and asked, "What is Aleppo?" The gaffe came during an MSNBC interview about the Syrian crisis and the ongoing battle in that country's biggest city, Aleppo, which has been divided for years into government and rebel sectors. "What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo," Johnson was asked. "About Aleppo. And what is Aleppo?" he responded. "You're kidding?" the MSNBC interviewer said. "No," Johnson said. "Aleppo is in Syria. ... It's the epicenter of the refugee crisis," the interviewer said. "OK, got it. Got it," Johnson said. The embarrassing exchange followed a forum on Wednesday night in which Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump sought to showcase their national security and defense credentials. Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, has been trying to turn the two major candidates' negative approval ratings to his advantage in the race to win the Nov. 8 election. The episode was ridiculed on social media. Clinton, asked at a news conference about Johnson's remarks, laughed and quipped, "You can look on the map and find Aleppo." In a statement later, Johnson said the mistake showed he was human and that, when asked about Aleppo, he was thinking of an acronym and not the Syrian conflict. "Can I name every city in Syria? No. Should I have identified Aleppo? Yes. Do I understand its significance? Yes," he said. The Libertarian Party promotes civil liberties and a small-government agenda. In his campaign, Johnson has pledged to cut spending, stick to conservative fiscal policies and legalize marijuana. A current average of opinion polls by website RealClearPolitics shows that in a four-way matchup featuring Clinton, Trump, Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Johnson has 8.6 percent support.

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Clinton responds to Johnson's "What is Aleppo?" gaffe

Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 00:41