STATEMENT FROM GOVS. JOHNSON & WELD TO ALL REPUBLICANS
Oct. 8, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT — Govs. Gary Johnson and Bill Weld released the follow statement today addressed “to all Republicans:”
“Time to vote your conscience.
Having served as Republican Governors, we understand the sensitivities and obligations elected officials and party leaders feel toward supporting their party’s nominee for President. We’ve been there, and frankly, have experienced the discomfort of defending a President or candidate when we didn’t feel like doing so. For each of us, that is part of the liberation we feel today as we take an independent message to America’s voters.
Today, as we watch Republicans across the nation struggle with the disclosure of Donald Trump’s indefensible and embarrassing words, and the attitude toward women displayed by those words, we respect the difficult spot those Republicans are in. It can’t be easy.
At the same time, character and trust are important. It shouldn’t matter whether a microphone is turned on or not. The conversation we have all now heard isn’t any more appropriate in a locker room than it is on national TV. America deserves better. Women certainly deserve better. And Republicans deserve better.
We speak often of reaching across party lines if elected to get things done for America. Today, we would like to reach across party lines to invite our Republican friends to join our campaign. There is a presidential ticket with two candidates who served honorably and effectively as Republican Governors, and we are it.
Our nation and our challenges are much greater than the character or behavior of one man. Join us, and we pledge to present voters with a real alternative to what has become an embarrassing side show.”