Libertarian Weld Supports Clinton For President

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Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld is doing everything he can to ensure Republican nominee Donald Trump doesn’t win the White House in November, going so far as to publicly support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Tuesday.

“Well I’m here vouching for Mrs. Clinton and I think it’s high time somebody did,” Weld said on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” “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, a longtime Republican, went against public statements made by his running mate, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Johnson previously called Clinton’s email scandal “Watergate kind of stuff,” before adding that if she were elected president, her tenure in the White House would always be overshadowed by the scandal.

Weld also asserted that the real win for the Libertarian candidates would be to achieve 5 percent of the vote, a threshold that opens up federal funding for the 2020 race.

“As I think you’re aware, I see a big difference between the R candidate and the D candidate. And I’ve been at some pains to say that I fear for the country if Mr. Trump should be elected,” Weld concluded.

“I think it’s a candidacy without any parallel that I can recall. It’s content free and very much given to stirring up envy and resentment and even hatred. And I think it would be a threat to the conduct of our foreign policy and our position in the world at large.”

Johnson is currently polling at 4.6 percent in the Real Clear political polling average, down from 10 percent over the last month. The latest Rasmussen poll revealed the Johnson ticket received 5 percent of the vote.

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