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Bill Weld’s Weird Tuesday: New at Reason

Saturday, January 7, 2017 23:10
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The controversial Libertarian Party vice presidential pick Bill Weld was enigmatic to the end.

Matt Welch writes in the latest issue of Reason:

Two days before the election, and just minutes before a Gary Johnson rally at Colorado Christian University, I asked the Libertarian Party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, Judge Jim Gray, what he thought went especially well with the party’s historically successful yet emotionally disappointing run at the White House this year. The answer surprised me.

“I really believe that Bill Weld was a really great addition to the campaign,” volunteered the anti-drug war Orange County jurist, who had been hoping to repeat as veep nominee until the better-known ex-governor of Massachusetts became available. “I didn’t get any national media, particularly, on my own in the 2012 campaign. Tried it, didn’t work. When Gov. Johnson and Gov. Weld decided to do this, I think he was on [television] like 25 times before the convention.…What’s the use of having the best message if nobody hears it?”

Sure, I countered, but what about Weld’s appearance five days earlier on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, in which the candidate said, after a campaign full of similar hints, that he was “here vouching for Mrs. Clinton”?

“I would prefer not to say anything about that,” Gray replied.

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