In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday night, Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican presidential nominee, said that he will not rule out voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in 2016.
An outspoken Never Trumper, Romney has insisted that he will not be voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in November. With the failure of independent challenger to rise up, Johnson is the only other candidate on the ballot in all 50 states.
While generally shaky in his support for the two-term New Mexico Governor, the 2012 GOP nominee was much more enthusiastic about Johnson’s running mate, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. Weld raised money for both of Romney’s campaigns for president in 2008 and 2012.
“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 in the interview. “So I’ll get to know Gary Johnson better and see if he’s someone who I could end up voting for. That’s something which I’ll evaluate over the coming weeks and months.”
While Romney and other moderates have been attracted to the selection of Weld, the response from libertarian activists has been mixed to say the least. It took Weld two ballots to secure the VP nomination at the Libertarian Party’s convention, eventually winning with only 50.5 percent of the vote.