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Vermont Governor Backs Weld

February 17, 2020

One New England governor is openly backing former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld’s presidential bid.

Politico reports that Vermont Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, is endorsing Weld’s presidential run.
“I’ve met with him before, I think a lot of him and his platform so I would be supporting him,” Scott said at a press conference over the weekend.

In response to this endorsement, Weld tweeted:  “I’m a great admirer of @GovPhilScott of Vermont, and am delighted to have his endorsement in the Republican presidential primary on Super Tuesday. VT has been well served in the past by Republican governors, and Gov. Scott admirably extends that tradition.”

Weld, also a Republican, is primarying incumbent President Donald Trump.

Scott is no fan of Trump. Scott called for the president to be impeached back in September and earlier this month, he said that Trump should be removed from office. This is a point of view that Scott shares with Weld.

Although Weld earned Scott’s endorsement in the race, he apparently will not receive the backing of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who is also a Republican and also a critic of Trump.

Baker has previously stated he does not plan to get involved with the 2020 presidential election.

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