Is Gov. Bill Weld Taking a Serious Look at the 2020 Libertarian Presidential Race?

Day Three of the Jack News Guide to the Libertarian Party Presidential Race in 2020.

Editor’s Note: The introduction to this series includes links to each of the nine profiles.

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.

Bill Weld has the ability to cross party lines and bring anti-Trump Republican support to a Libertarian campaign in 2020.  His deep loyalties and many friends might relish a 2020 face-off between Bill Weld and Donald Trump. For many anti-Trumpers, Weld’s involvement would bring legitimacy to the Libertarian ticket.

Although never confirmed, some have speculated that Bill Weld may be considering a run for the U.S. Senate. However, privately he has been discussing how he might best offer help and advice to Libertarian candidates in 2018. His party voter registration is Libertarian. Could this all be a sign that he intends to seek office again with the Libertarian party? Possibly.

If he decides to run, Weld may prove to be one of the more qualified candidates looking at the prospects of the Libertarian race in 2020. He would offer a potentially strong war chest, experience, media attention, and lots of friends on all sides of the aisle. However, would he be able to overcome the hard radical element of the Libertarian party at the national convention?



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  • It would be great !

  • I’d vote for him.

  • Good with the first 3 so far. I definitely don’t want to return to the days of 1972-2012 when in a few instances we had credibility in the Presidentail slot but not so much in the Vice Presidential slot. We need a strong number 2 in 2020 as well.

  • No thanks.

  • I think he would present a remarkable chance to bring different factions together for the better of our country.
    People dig so deeply into the allure of their “ideals” that they forget that most great accomplishments will be achieved through considered compromise.
    If your “ideals” are more important to you than freeing this country from the rut of duopoly, you’re not thinking any clearer than the staunch supporters of red and blue that have held us in a pattern of compounding devolution.

    • True. But he’s boring.

    • Ron Fazar I don’t really think so. I think he would be far from boring if they let him debate! The man is sharp, and he understands the game.

  • The LP might be too stupid to do it, but they clearly should nominate Weld. He’s an incredible speaker, a clear and thorough thinker, and by far the most qualified potential candidate.

    • They’re not stupid – but they have limited options and, way too many voters are mesmerized by style over substance.

    • Given the fact that 20 something percent of them voted for austin petersen, and that he got 2nd, it doesn’t look great for their collective IQ. I was there and voted for johnson weld and many there were brilliant and charming to be fair.

    • Many average voters will also be looking at his age.

      At this point he would make a better appointed seat than one to seek votes.

  • He’d have my vote. I admire Gary Johnson and voted for him, but was disappointed in his lack of preparedness during the 2016 election. Weld was impressive and level headed.

  • Unfortunately to gain traction in that battle on a national scale, you need to be dynamic – Trump was, Clinton was not – Gary was and only earned what, 3.9% ? Weld is not capturing the imagination of young people. He is not Ron Paul. AP had that potential but, I still believe he is too pretentious, unlikable, but he is gone anyway. Larry Sharpe MIGHT have the ability to touch people’s imaginations – maybe … but not Weld – who I do like.

  • Garrett Kehr Betsy Pearson Jason Stewart

  • Brandon Nussear Pekar

  • Maybe boost his liberty appeal with a jungle coke binge?

  • Bill weld nearly bankrupted public education in MA. Not a quality i look for in a leader.

    • How so Dan? I live in MA but was well out of public school and didn’t have kids enrolled in it while he was Gov. so wasn’t monitoring his policies’ effect in that sphere. It is a genuine no-snark question.

    • 3 days after welds election, he took control of all state funds, in essence drained their bank accounts. State schools woke up the next day to find they had ZERO dollars. State schools operated on a day to day budget. He gave it back, but it took a lot of fighting. If one of your first moves as an elected official is to take money from public education, i cannot support you.

  • Always liked Bill and would vote for him in a heartbeat, but he probably couldn’t get the nomination. I’d rather both he and Gary run for Senate from their respective states.

  • The number of people commenting on this who truly think Weld is ideologically libertarian is concerning. A Jeb Bush v Bill Weld **** show is coming, and the only winners are amazingly establishment democrats and republicans. What a joke!

  • Nope.

  • I think the Libertarian Party hit rock bottom with this last ticket. Now they really need to take a deep breath and decide what kind of message they want to spread across the nation: do they want libertarianism-light, to appeal the beltway, or a true, consistent message of Liberty directed at the American people who are fed up with the welfare-warfare state? I humbly suggest the latter

  • He should try to run for senate or congress in 2018 as a Libertarian

    • Topple Elizabeth Warren! (Plus, a Libertarian might well do better than a Republican in Massachusetts!)

  • He’s a decent guy, and well-spoken, but the party is going to tear him apart.

  • He **** well better be! ❤️

  • He would be great in a cabinet position but I am not confident in his abilities to lead us out of this mess. His performance during the 2016 campaign, I found, was underwhelming.

  • I’d vote for him

  • Weld sold out the Libertarian Party for the sake of the Clinton campaign. He’s not a candidate, he’s a spoiler, and can die in a fire.

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