Stein and Johnson do their best to interrupt the Trump and Clinton show
A look at the Greens and Libertarians and some of their controversial campaign promises
This election is, for all intents and purposes, a fight between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, but two other candidates are doing their best to make their voices heard above the din.
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This week, Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein enjoyed a moment in the spotlight as she took part in a nationally televised town hall meeting on CNN.
"The unique thing about the Green Party is that we are the one national party that is not corrupted by corporate money," Stein told the audience as she took questions on her party and its policies.
The Greens lean left and advocate higher taxes on the wealthy, a much smaller defence budget and the closure of most U.S. military bases overseas.
Clinton supporters argue a vote for the Greens is a vote for Donald Trump.
Many Democrats still blame the Greens for their party's narrow loss in the 2000 election.
Stein was asked during the town hall meeting whether she worried her campaign could lead to a Trump presidency. Her answer echoed those of Green Party supporters back in the 2000 race who argued there's little difference between the two major parties.
"I will have trouble sleeping at night if Donald Trump is elected," Stein said. "I will also have trouble sleeping at night if Hillary Clinton is elected."
Stein isn't the only hopeful trying to break into this two-horse race. Gary Johnson and his Libertarian Party have been making a spirited pitch to voters who don't like Trump or Clinton.
Like the Greens, the Libertarian platform has some controversial clauses, including a pledge to legalize narcotics and make abortion strictly a matter of personal choice with no say from government.
CNN held a televised town hall meeting for Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld back in June. Both men are former governors and former Republicans. Their poll numbers have been hovering at around 10 per cent, though some surveys have put them slightly higher.
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For Libertarians, the goal now is to get their candidate's poll numbers up to 15 per cent to secure a spot in this year's presidential debates.
For now, neither the Greens nor the Libertarians have a realistic chance of winning the White House in November. But in this election, when neither of the two main candidates enjoy high approval ratings, voters might be more willing to kick the tires of other parties.