Libertarian VP Candidate Says His Primary Focus Is Taking Down Trump

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October 5, 2016 6:37 a.m.

Bill Weld may be running as the Libertarian vice presidential candidate, but his focus from now through Election Day will be squarely on taking down Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“I think Mr. Trump’s proposals in the foreign policy area, including nuclear proliferation, tariffs, and free trade, would be so hurtful, domestically and in the world, that he has my full attention,” Weld said in an interview with the Boston Globe published Tuesday.

As Weld put it, Trump’s policy agenda belongs “in a class by itself.”

While the former Massachusetts governor insisted he was still working with his running mate, Gary Johnson, the Globe reported that Trump’s improved polling numbers at this late stage of the 2016 race prompted Weld to shift his focus.

Weld’s remarks also come in the wake of several high-profile foreign policy blunders by Johnson, who failed to recognize the name of Aleppo, the besieged Syrian city, and to identify a single foreign leader he admired during the Libertarian town hall.

Weld, who last week said he was “not sure anybody is more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States,” plans to travel to a series of red states in the next five weeks to push his anti-Trump message.

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