The presidential candidate, Gary Johnson does have good libertarian credentials. How about William Weld, the Vice Presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party for 2016?
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and supported Obama over McCain. Weld, former Republican Governor of Massachusetts, objectively is not libertarian enough to be a national candidate for the Republican Party. But then again with the very unpopular Clinton and Trump as major party candidates, a ticket of a liberal big government Republican like Weld and a libertarian small government Republican like Johnson just might have a chance.
Yesterday brought word that Gary Johnson, widely seen as the frontrunner for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, wants former Massachusetts governor William Weld to be his running mate. I think Weld is a terrible choice, but the news did give me a little burst of nostalgia for those long-gone days of 1991, when the man briefly became the poster boy for libertarians who wanted to work within the GOP. Here was a Republican who actually seemed to be holding the line on spending, and what’s more, he didn’t hate gays! By the standards of the early ’90s Republican Party, this was heady stuff indeed.
Then Weld let spending go up anyway, and these days it’s a lot less unusual for an elected Republican to be gay-friendly. Meanwhile, Weld turned out to have a bunch of other positions up his sleeve. He had always been a law-and-order guy, and in 1993 that led him to endorse a ban on various “assault weapons” along with other state-level gun control measures. And in foreign policy—not a big deal for a governor, but kind of important in a presidential ticket—he showed his stripes in the 2004 election, when Weld was out of office but still came out for George W. Bush. Appearing on the Charlie Rose show 10 months after the invasion of Iraq, Weld acknowledged that he differed from the president on “some of the social issues” but declared that Bush had proven himself in the global sphere: “we face grave responsibilities, and I think he really has grown in office and risen to the international challenge.”