Melissa Joan Hart says she's joining Gary Johnson's campaign because she wants to "break away from this two-party system"
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Melissa Joan Hart is branching out into the world of politics and stumping for the underdog.

The actress tells PEOPLE Now that she’s joined Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson‘s presidential campaign as the Connecticut Chairperson.

“I want to break away from this two-party system and I think it’s important for people to know that there’s another candidate out there who really toes the line between Democrat and Republican,” says Hart, who has a home in Connecticut. “I mean he’s Libertarian. But socially he’s liberal, but fiscally conservative.”

Johnson, 63, is the former governor of New Mexico – a position he held from 1995 to 2003. He previously ran for president in 2012.

“Governors, I love, because they already ran their state as like a little president,” Hart, 40, says. “So he gets the way, you know, things run. The politics of it all.”

She adds, “He was on a border state, so if you want to talk about immigration, he’s the guy.”

Hart says she disagrees with the notion that a third-party candidate can’t win the election, dispelling arguments that a vote for Johnson is a wasted vote.

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“I think that everyone that I keep hearing say that, if they all voted for him we could have a third party win,” she says. “Even if he doesn’t get that far, I just hope that they let him debate.”

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The first presidential debate was held on Monday night. Johnson was not invited to participate because he did not have 15 percent of voter support ahead of the debate.