Libertarians turn on VP candidate for saying they’re stereotyped as ‘unattractive people’
Former Massachusetts GOP Gov. William Weld did not endear himself to the audience at the Libertarian National Convention in Orlando on Friday, Politico reported.
Weld, who is running for the party’s vice-presidential nomination as part of a ticket with its 2012 presidential nominee Gary Johnson, reportedly fell flat during a forum in which he said people regularly think of party members as “unattractive people” in their neighborhoods.
He was also criticized for supporting the idea that the US should continue to be a part of the United Nations.
“He showed that he was Republican-lite,” said Jim Fulner, a party delegate from Michigan. “He didn’t mention a single Libertarian idea.”
Weld later called the convention “highly unpredictable.”
“Having two former Republican governors who were successful in blue states, who knows, that could turn out to be a negative in the minds of delegates,” he told Politico. “Stranger things have happened.”
The party allows delegates to separately elect their presidential and vice-presidential nominee, meaning that the Johnson-Weld ticket, which supporters thought would present another viable option for third-party voters, may not come to pass.
Even though Johnson is considered the favorite in his own race, the former New Mexico governor was booed during a presidential candidate forum a day earlier when he called Weld “the original Libertarian.”
He was also called out for picking Weld by one of his opponents, Austin Petersen.
“In 2012, he didn’t endorse Ron Paul, he didn’t endorse you, he endorsed Mitt Romney,” Petersen said of Weld. “In 2016, he endorsed John Kasich. Why didn’t your VP pick endorse you?”
Watch footage of Johnson getting booed, as posted online, below.