Bill Weld, the former two-term governor of Massachusetts and Vice Presidential candidate for the Libertarian party in 2016 is a major figure in the race for the Libertarian Presidential nomination in 2020. That is if he decides to run.
Many credit him with providing a massive boost to credibility, media coverage, and fundraising when he joined Gary Johnson on the 2016 Libertarian ticket. However, his deviations in the 2016 race from libertarian orthodoxy on some issues riled up critics, and he only secured the vice-presidential nomination narrowly on the second ballot after a heated floor fight.
Additionally, many were also upset over his comments defending Hillary Clinton against accusations by Donald Trump.
Against those potential negatives, though, Gov. Weld still has serious accomplishments to his credit. As governor, he fired 10 percent of the state’s workforce on his first day in office. And presided over rare year-over-year reductions in state government spending.
Weld embraced the label “libertarian,” even before 2016, and frequently invoked the line “coercive taxation is theft” in his speeches. Widely respected by the media and both sides of the two-party aisle, few candidates would have a better chance of making it onto the coveted debate stage.