Libertarian VP Candidate Campaigns In Sioux Falls

Former Gov. Bill Weld: 'We think we have the best platform of the big three'

The Presidential campaign trail made its way to South Dakota again Wednesday, this time on behalf of the Libertarian party. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld stopped in Sioux Falls for about an hour, stumping for his running mate Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico.

In a casual setting, Vice Presidential Candidate Bill Weld chose a chair over a podium, to speak to a crowd of about 50 people.

Weld said, “I won’t say our cause is just but we think we have the best platform of the big three.”

The two-term Massachusetts Governor provided a little background before talking policy. The Harvard Law graduate became a US Attorney and later the head of the criminal division of the US Justice Department. The Republican turned Libertarian this year. His running mate Gary Johnson did the same in 2012.

Weld said, “I associate much more with the Democratic Party these days rather than with the Republican Party.”

Weld didn’t go without mentioning the two major party candidates, speaking more positively about Hillary Clinton.

“She’s (Hillary Clinton) is a little bit too inclined to military intervention on behalf of the U.S. for Gary’s taste and my taste,” said Weld. “She would spend a lot more money than Gary and I would.”

“Mr. Trump, I consider a positive danger to the United States,” Weld said.

While Weld was campaigning at Augustana, college students weren’t the only ones listening.

“I got his signature and a picture with him,” said Jonathan Sundet.

The 15-year-old even brought a sign to show his support.

Sundet said, “I do agree with his policies, like the Libertarian platform.”

Another person in the audience came from Cedar Rapids to see him. However, the Bernie Sanders supporter still doesn’t know which way he’ll sway in November.

“It depends on whether I need to strategically cast a vote to prevent Mr. Trump from being President in my opinion or to support my conscience, which would be to support the Libertarian Party,” said Terry Golubiewski.

When Weld’s running mate ran for president in 2012, Johnson got 1 percent of the vote. This time they think they’ll do much better. If they could poll at around 20 percent in October, Weld says they could be dangerous.