Bill Weld.
Bill Weld.John Blanding/Globe staff

Remember when former governor Bill Weld was a Republican? These days he’s the Libertarian nominee for vice president — but apparently he wouldn’t mind too terribly if voters chose the Democratic ticket.

Got that?

Weld, who is running with Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” Tuesday evening and made a strong case for ... Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“I’m here vouching for Mrs. Clinton, and I think it’s high time somebody did,” Weld said.

He went on to say: “I have a lot to say about Mrs. Clinton that has not been said by others and I think needs to be said. I’ve known her for 40 years. I know her well professionally. I know her well personally. I know her to be a person of high moral character, a reliable person, and an honest person, however so much Mr. Trump may rant and rave to the contrary. So I’m happy to say that. And people can make their own choices.”

Weld has made clear in recent weeks that his main goal is defeating Republican Donald Trump, but at a recent appearance in Boston he stopped short of encouraging likeminded voters to abandon the Johnson-Weld ticket as well.


On Maddow’s show, however, he acknowledged that the Libertarians, excluded from the presidential debate stage earlier this fall, were unlikely to prevail and suggested that a vote for Clinton was not unreasonable. He described the choice between Trump and Clinton like this: “One would be chaos for the country. The other would be a very businesslike and capable and competent approach to our affairs.”

This may not have been exactly what the already-skeptical Libertarians were imagining when they put Weld on their ballot last spring. His line at the time? “If you hear nothing else from me, hear this: I pledge to you that I will stay with the Libertarian Party for life.”


Felice Belman can be reached at felice.belman@globe.com.