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Libertarian VP candidate visits Jacksonville

Channel 4's Kent Justice co-moderates town hall

Pictured from left to right: Co-moderator Rick Mullaney, Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Gov. Bill Weld and Channel 4's Kent Justice, who also served as co-moderator
Pictured from left to right: Co-moderator Rick Mullaney, Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Gov. Bill Weld and Channel 4's Kent Justice, who also served as co-moderator

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Governor Bill Weld was in Jacksonville Thursday evening for a town hall at Jacksonville University.

Channel 4's Kent Justice co-moderated the town hall with Rick Mullaney, director of JU's Public Policy Institute. The event was held at the Davis College of Business.

Weld was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1990 and re-elected in 1994.

Weld took part in a public Q&A with residents about issues facing voters in the presidential election, addressing why he changed political parties at the age of 70.

He also discussed how the Libertarian Party's plan for fighting ISIS differs from the Democrats' and Republicans'. 

Weld said he and his running mate, presidential candidate Gary Johnson, have a plan, unlike the competitors, and that it goes back to his experience in the war on drugs when he served in the Justice Department under President Ronald Reagan.

"The current guidelines, whether for political correctness or whatever reason, they say, 'OK. You can open an informal investigation if you receive information someone's affiliated with a terrorist network, but it can't go more than six months.' Are you kidding me? It took us years to make these cases. Rome wasn't built in a day. Any investigation is never going to be completed in six months. Never. It'd be a struck of total luck it was," Weld said. "The current Justice Department guidelines say you can't go on social media to collect information to make your case. OK. Where is all the information in the world now? It's on social media, that's where." 

After the town hall, Weld spoke with one of the Public Policy Institute classes.

He continues to campaign, even as Monday night's first debate will not feature the Libertarian Party. 

The Johnson-Weld campaign continues to gather just less than 10 percent in national polls.


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