Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, drew criticism for not being able to name a world leader he respected.
On Tuesday, he defended what some political pundits called an "oops" moment, saying he was "skeptical" of all politicians.
Here's the gaffe in context.
Johnson said he previously put U.S. politicians on "pedestals" and was disappointed when he found out they were "only concerned with getting re-elected," which prompted a more skeptical viewpoint.
But when he was asked on Wednesday, he said he had an "Aleppo moment," referencing the now-infamous moment when he could not identify the city that has become a hotbed of violence in the Syrian civil war.
Johnson insisted he could beat Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head poll -- calling Trump out specifically.
"How about just admitting to being a human being? Well, he's never done that," he told CNN.
Johnson's inability to name a world leader prompted fellow third-party candidate Jill Stein to criticize him.
But the leaders she named in response weren't actually the heads of their respective nations, Politico reports.
"The people named may not be heads of state, but they are most certainly world leaders," her campaign wrote in a statement.
Stein's faves: Elizabeth Evans May (Canada), João Pedro Stedile (Brazil) and Jeremy Corbyn (UK).
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