Libertarian hopeful set to address Economic Club

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is headed to Detroit next month to be the keynote speaker at a Detroit Economic Club luncheon.

The Detroit Economic Club announced Thursday that Johnson will speak Sept. 14 at the Westin Book Cadillac in downtown Detroit.

Johnson’s appearance before Metro Detroit’s business and civic leaders will come five weeks after Republican presidential Donald Trump talked about his economic and tax proposals before a crowd of 1,500 at Cobo Center.

Democrat Hillary Clinton was invited to speak during the primaries, and the Detroit Economic Club renewed its invitation to her after the national convention last month, spokesman Matt Friedman said.

“It’s still a possibility and they’ve got a couple of months left to do it,” Friedman said of Clinton making an appearance.

Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, has been trying to cut into Trump and Clinton’s support. Johnson’s last known campaign stop in Michigan was on May 14 to speak at the Michigan Libertarian Party’s state convention in Lansing.

The Detroit Economic Club has a tradition of attracting presidential candidates.

Republican Mitt Romney spoke to club members in 2012 at Ford Field in a speech that was remembered for the lack of people sitting in the cavernous football stadium.

In 2007, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama addressed the club before he went on to defeat Clinton for the Democratic nomination and win the White House over Republican John McCain.

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