Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be riding the victory wave out of the Iowa caucuses, but Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson believes neither represents the interests of independent voters.
Writing on his Tumblr page, Johnson, the Libertarian Party's 2012 presidential nominee, said Cruz won Iowa "under a banner of social intolerance and carpet bombing."
Of Clinton, Johnson says she "has never seen a federal program, regulation or expenditure she doesn’t like."
Cruz finished first in the GOP race, besting developer Donald Trump 28 percent to 24 percent. Leading up to Monday night's vote, Trump had held a 4.7 percentage point lead over Cruz in the Real Clear Politics polling average.
Cruz called his Iowa victory a win for "courageous conservatives" in the state, and across the country.
Clinton had a photo-finish win over Sanders, with her margin of victory entirely dependent on winning six coin flips.In the Real Clear Politics polling average leading up to the vote, Clinton had a four-percentage point advantage over Sanders. In her speech claiming victory after the vote, Clinton described herself as a "progressive who gets things done."
For Johnson, the former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico who bolted the party in 2012 to make a presidential run, neither Iowa winner addresses the big issues confronting the nation.
“Monday night’s caucuses proved once again that the two major parties are not going to nominate a candidate who represents the real majority in America," Johnson wrote.
In his view those voters are "independents who are fed up with the partisan dance that has given us a $20 trillion debt, endless war and a government intent on eroding the very liberties it is supposed to be preserving.”
According to a CNN entrance poll of caucus-goers, 26 percent of those voting for Clinton described themselves as "independents." For Sanders, the number was 69 percent.
On the Republican side, independents split evenly between Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, each winning 22 percent. Cruz pulled 19 percent of self-described independents.
The Libertarian Party will choose its presidential nominee at a May convention in Orlando, Florida. A dozen candidates, including Johnson and former tech executive John McAfee, are seeking the nomination.