The Libertarian presidential nominee, former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, has revealed that the 2012 GOP standard bearer, former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, may endorse his campaign.
On July 28, Johnson and his running mate, former Republican Gov. William Weld of Massachusetts, sat down for an interview with CNN. The Libertarian nominee stated that he and Romney had been in talks.
“I think he’s considering the possibility of doing this, of actually endorsing the two of us,” Johnson said.
Weld added that both he and Johnson were willing to be patient for Romney’s endorsement, explaining, “I don’t want to press the point unless we get to 15 percent, because then I think the case for it is overwhelming.”
In addition to Romney, Weld floated the possibility that former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida could also endorse the Libertarian ticket, noting that the former GOP presidential candidate’s brother, Marvin Bush, had already given them his backing.
On July 27, Marvin Bush stated during a radio station interview that he would be voting libertarian in November, according to Buzzfeed.
Bush explained that he found GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump to be morally unacceptable and that the Libertarian platform “used to be a part of what the Republicans believed ... I want to have a conscience.”
For his part, Romney has made it explicitly clear that he will not be supporting Trump. In May 2016, during a Washington gala, the former Republican nominee stated that he believed Trump to be a demagogue, according to Politico.
“I happen to think that the person who is leading the nation has an enormous and disproportionate impact on the course of the world, so I am dismayed at where we are now, I wish we had better choices ... and I just don’t see an easy answer from where we are,” Romney said.
In June 2016, Romney further elaborated on his disapproval of Trump, telling CNN that he believed the business mogul was a bigot.
“I don’t want to see trickle-down racism,” Romney said, adding “Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America.”
During the same interview, Romney expressed an openness to endorsing the Libertarian ticket, noting that he strongly approved of Weld.
“If Bill Weld were at the top of the ticket, it would be very easy for me to vote for Bill Weld for president,” Romney said. “So I’ll get to know Gary Johnson better and see if he’s someone who I could end up voting for.”