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VP Libertarian candidate Weld: I'm 'vouching for Mrs. Clinton'

• Politico


Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld admitted Tuesday night that his ticket's shot of winning the White House went out the window when it failed to qualify for the presidential debates, and as such, he went on TV in a new role: surrogate for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"Well I'm here vouching for Mrs. Clinton and I think it's high time somebody did," the former Republican Massachusetts governor said on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Tuesday night. "And I'm doing it based on my personal experience with her and I think she deserves to have people vouch for her other than members of the Democratic National Committee. So, I'm here to do that."

Weld, running alongside former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson on the Libertarian ticket, said the former secretary of state is "a person of high moral character, a reliable person. And an honest person, however so much Mr. Trump may rant and rave to the contrary." He said he has known her for four decades, both professionally and personally, and for a resident of a swing state like North Carolina weighing a vote for Johnson or one of the major-party candidates, Weld happily made the case for Clinton.

His praise for Clinton put him somewhat at odds with Johnson, who said on a Colorado radio show that the former secretary of state's long-running email scandal constituted "Watergate kind of stuff" and telling the host that he sees her as corrupt. Should she enter the White House under criminal investigation, Johnson said "unquestionably this is going to be the nation's agenda for the entire time she is office and it may well end up in impeachment." Johnson's remarks were first reported by CNN.

4 Comments in Response to

Comment by J. Michael Haggard
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know....duh :(

Comment by J. Michael Haggard
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Thanks Ernie! Although, I was just thinking you'd tell an enthusiastic/passionate story (during one of your shows) of what you saw while you were there. I listened to your shows from when you returned from the LPC and no that you spoke to this issue. I guess I was just looking for a re-hash in light of this latest to help solidify how poorly that decision went. :-)

Comment by Ernest Hancock
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All collectives act collectively to support the collective. The Libertarian PARTY is such a collective. They will argue for and participate in the collection of Federal Matching Funds (Political Welfare) and argue that they need such funds to publicly advocate for the elimination of Social and Economic Welfare Programs etc. Bill Weld gave them a view of "real" money with the gatherings of billionaires. The promise of 'Party Building' with ship loads of cash helped grease his way into the nomination process and Gary Johnson begging the convention to give him Weld for the opportunity to use his contacts to get into the national POTUS debates. Bill Weld was elected with 50.something percent, and Johnson and the majority of LP Party leadership got what they wanted... "a promise of money and respect" (laughable then, and especially now). That enough? :)

Comment by J. Michael Haggard
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Ernie, You were at the LPC, could you talk in greater detail about the process that allowed/enabled this guy to get on the Libertarian ticket? I thought it was bad enough before, but now it's down right insulting to have him associated with anything even remotely deemed Libertarian.

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