William Weld: ‘You deserve a President with experience, character’

William Weld in the Manchester, NH Union-Leader:

OUR POLITICAL culture has descended darkly and been tarnished badly by this presidential election.

I attribute much of this to the Republican candidate for President, although both sides are to blame for failing to present a positive vision for this country. From the beginning of this campaign, Donald Trump has conjured up enemies. First it was 11 million undocumented workers in our midst. Then he turned on any trading partner of the United States. His list of enemies includes anyone who doesn’t look like or talk like him.

Nor does Hillary Clinton present an opportunity for preserving Constitutional government by limiting its involvement in the economy, in our personal lives, and keeping our military out of countries where our involvement does more harm than good.

As the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, the state next door, I can testify firmly that neither Trump nor Clinton would help our nation progress in the direction that it needs to go.

During this election, I have had the privilege and honor to team up with another former Republican governor, Gary Johnson of New Mexico, and serve as his running mate in the quest for the White House.

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20 thoughts on “William Weld: ‘You deserve a President with experience, character’

  1. Richard Winger

    New Hampshire doesn’t permit early voting, so this op-ed in New Hampshire’s biggest newspaper, coming today, will have more impact than it might have had in states in which one-third of the voters have already voted.

  2. Thomas Knapp

    Well done on Weld’s part. If he’d been more like that during the rest of the campaign there wouldn’t have been nearly as much heartburn inside the Libertarian Party over him.

  3. Matt

    Maybe the hoped for quid pro quo from Clinton didn’t materialize, was below expectations, or didn’t come with a solid enough guarantee. Maybe the pushback from libertarians was more than he was prepared for. Maybe Clinton had stopped falling in the polls and his rescue efforts were no longer needed. Maybe he came to realize that him endorsing Clinton would paradoxically actually help Trump more. Whatever the case may be, I agree this Weld sounds much better than the one on the Maddow show a few days ago. But it’s still the same guy, so I don’t trust him.

  4. Matt

    And, just as soon as I was done typing that, Weld was once again on MSNBC kissing Democratic ass (sorry for the redundancy), this time on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show.

  5. Matt

    Libertarians for World War 3? Don’t fall for Putinist propaganda. Trump is the real World War 3 candidate. Instead of starting a twitter war at 3 am next time he feels insulted he’ll start a real war. Clinton is corrupt but much more in control of her impulses. She’s far more likely to keep padding her family’s fortune with pay for play bribes than to start a world war. Meanwhile Trump is like a little child who had to have his twitter access taken away from him by his aides (true story). And much like Clinton, Putin is an adult who will not be nearly so eager to get into a nuclear war with the US as his propagandists would have you believe. Trump on the other hand… If creating conflict with all of Latin America, the entire Muslim world, and China were not enough, just wait til the bromance with Putin goes sour. After all he was friends with the Clintons not that long ago. And he did ask in all seriousness why we build nuclear weapons if they’re so bad and we don’t use them. His point was not that we shouldn’t build them. Think about that.

  6. Andy

    Matt said: “Matt
    November 7, 2016 at 01:51
    Libertarians for World War 3? Don’t fall for Putinist propaganda. Trump is the real World War 3 candidate.”

    They both could be World War III candidates.

    Our focus here should not be on who sucks more between Hillary and Trump, but rather to promote the Libertarian Party and philosophy, the only problem with this is that OUR PRESIDENTIAL TICKET SUCKS TOO THIS YEAR.

    The Libertarian Party had a great opportunity this year due to the dynamics of the election, and once again, we BLEW IT by nominating a couple of turds.

  7. Election Addict

    Both are “WW3” candidates. Clinton wants to keep arming and funding Saudis and Qataris, who she admits fund jihadists. She continues to support regime change in Syria, invaded Libya so she could use it to win the presidency, wanted to rig elections in Palestine. A true world policeman.

    Trump gauges popular opinion more than he puts forth anything sincere. A demagogue and an unknown quantity, which some consider a positive, and it could be if he weren’t so hateful. His opinions on nuclear weapons, war crimes, Iraqi oil, torture, oppressing the Mexican government, neocon advisors and so on must be taken at face value. Some (and unfortunately enough) people don’t, though. They prefer simply to give the system the middle finger, and win.

  8. Andy

    “Election Addict
    November 7, 2016 at 02:19
    Both are ‘WW3; candidates.”

    I don’t trust Johnson/Weld either. Remember, Weld is a neo-con who has been a long time crony of the Bush family and Mitt Romney. Weld supported the Patriot and the war in Iraq. Weld endorsed George HW Bush for President, and he endorsed George W. Bush for President in 2000 and in 2004, and he even acted as a fundraiser for George W. Bush. Weld endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012, and he endorsed Jeb Bush for President in September of last year, and after Jeb was eliminated in the Republican primaries, he endorsed John Kasich in February of this year.

    Think that Johnson is great? He endorsed George W. Bush for President in 2000. Yeah, that was a long time ago, but keep in mind that Johnson claims to have been a libertarian since sometime in the 1980’s, and he in fact was a dues paying member of the Libertarian Party for one year in the early 1990’s. Johnson was half way through his second term as Governor of New Mexico when he endorsed George W. Bush, so he was not running for re-election.

    Even if you want to still give Johnson the benefit of the doubt, it should be obvious that Johnson frequently defers to Weld, so if Johnson were to be elected President, Weld would have a lot of influence over him. Also, remember that Johnson himself said that if he were to be elected, that he’d offer Mitt Romney (another neo-con) a high level spot in his administration. If Johnson has any principles (I’m skeptical that he does), “the powers that be” could just “JFK” him and then Weld would be President, but I suspect that this would not be necessary, as Johnson would probably just go right along with whatever Weld and Romney want him to do.

    Castle, Stein, and de la Fuente stand no chance. If Evan McMullin were to be elected through an Electoral College fluke we’d also be screwed because he’s another neo-con and a CIA shill.

    So we are probably screwed no matter who gets elected.

  9. Election Addict

    If you mean to speak to libertarians in general then ignore:

    I agree about Weld. I’m a progressive, regardless. Disagree with just about everything policy-wise with Johnson.

    Certainly screwed. I remind myself that we’ve been screwed for decades, but then that is even worse of course.

  10. George Phillies

    Excellent message on how terrible the other choices are. That message will get us a lot of votes this year.

    It is not clear that we can count on the other parties to keep finding candidates this bad. After all, there are only a couple hundred million or so Americans from whom they can choose.

  11. Matt

    “. Clinton wants to keep arming and funding Saudis and Qataris, who she admits fund jihadists. She continues to support regime change in Syria, invaded Libya so she could use it to win the presidency, wanted to rig elections in Palestine. A true world policeman.”

    Yes, she’s a cynical, thoroughly corrupt interventionist, but she knows where to back off before she bites off more than she can chew, unlike Drumpf. She’ll keep boiling the frog slowly; he’ll stick it in the microwave on high because he has no patience and hates waiting. He’ll give Jihadis the biggest recruiting tools ever with Islamophobic policies and statements, torture, and targeting of families. He wants to build the biggest military ever and, as with nuclear weapons, he sees no point in building it if we don’t get to use it.

    It’s true that Clinton’s typical bipartisan warmongering could lead to things spinning out of control and leading to a world war – I’d guess maybe a 5-10% chance. With Trump’s aggressive temperament, I’d guess it’s a virtual certainty.

    “Trump gauges popular opinion more than he puts forth anything sincere.”

    He does gauge popular opinion a lot, except when he’s up at 3 am and pissed off. But then, popular opinion can be whipped up to back a new war, especially when you’ve goaded terrorists into more and bigger attacks. Or when Mexico refuses to pay for the wall. Or any number of other things. And with economy-wrecking trade and immigration policies, Trump may well need the kind of quick popularity boost that the Bushes got when they first started their Iraq wars and the sugar high that ramping up war industries gives an economy.

    “His opinions on nuclear weapons, war crimes, Iraqi oil, torture, oppressing the Mexican government, neocon advisors and so on must be taken at face value. ”

    Yes, Newt Gingrich as Secretary of State doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in a peace presidency. The image was on my TV too quickly to process who his Defense Secretary pick is.

  12. Matt

    “Our focus here should not be on who sucks more between Hillary and Trump, but rather to promote the Libertarian Party and philosophy, the only problem with this is that OUR PRESIDENTIAL TICKET SUCKS TOO THIS YEAR.

    The Libertarian Party had a great opportunity this year due to the dynamics of the election, and once again, we BLEW IT by nominating a couple of turds.”

    I agree. That’s probably the biggest reason I am almost certainly voting for Jill Stein, even though I have voted Libertarian much more often.

  13. Matt

    “It is not clear that we can count on the other parties to keep finding candidates this bad.”

    My hypothesis is that they will keep getting worse and worse over time.

  14. Stuart Simms

    “My hypothesis is that they will keep getting worse and worse over time.”

    I’ve wondered about this. It seems to me that the candidates are a product of a warped system that rewards the outlandish and corrupt while diminishing reasoned debate and honesty. Nothing in current societal trends makes me sanguine about prospective future candidates as we slouch rapidly toward Idiocracy.

  15. langa

    Yes, Newt Gingrich as Secretary of State doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in a peace presidency. The image was on my TV too quickly to process who his Defense Secretary pick is.

    I seem to remember him talking about John Bolton, although that may have been for Secretary of State. Disgusting, in either case.

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