TIME 2016 Election

Libertarian VP Nominee Bill Weld Says He Will Focus His Efforts on Blocking Donald Trump

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Speaks At University Of Utah In Salt Lake City
George Frey—Getty Images Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (R), and his running mate Bill Weld (L), talk to the press before a rally on August 6, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Weld wants to put Trump in third place—or at least make sure Clinton wins

The Libertarian nominee for vice president says he will shift his focus this election season to preventing Donald Trump from winning the White House, rather than helping his running mate Gary Johnson get elected.

Bill Weld, who formerly served as a Republican Governor of Massachusetts, still supports his running mate but says he is now primarily concerned with keeping Trump out of office. “I have had in mind all along trying to get the Donald into third place, and with some tugging and hauling, we might get there,” Weld told the Boston Globe. He has meanwhile called Clinton, whom he worked with as a lawyer in the 1970s, more qualified than anyone to serve as president.

Some of Weld’s supporters say the Libertarian ticket would be stronger if Weld himself were nominated for president and Johnson for VP—especially after Johnson has had major foreign policy stumbles in recent weeks.

Weld plans to tweet about the Vice Presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence as he watches on Tuesday night.

[Boston Globe]

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