William Weld was born in 1945 and is the former Governor of Massachussets. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for U.S. President in 2020.

Weld was elected governor in 1991 and served until 1997, when he resigned after President Clinton nominated him to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico – a nomination that was eventually withdrawn. Weld has served during his career as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachussets from 1981 to 1986, and as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division from 1986 to 1988.

In the 2016 presidential election, former Governor Weld was the nominee of the Libertarian Party for Vice President of the United States. He shared the ticket with Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico. They received 3.28 percent of the vote, the best result ever for a Libertarian ticket. Currently, he is the only Republican primary challenger for incumbent President Donald Trump.

Below is former Governor Weld’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Former Governor Weld was one of the few Republicans that supported the Iran nuclear deal.

As a Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2016 campaign, former Governor Weld said that he believed that “there was nothing more important than the State of Israel in the Middle East.” Arguing that he regarded Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as governor, Weld opened the first trade office of a U.S. state in Jerusalem.  

Asked about the two-state solution, he said that “if there is a deal to be made that is acceptable to both, we should get behind it, but the timing for further negotiations is going to have to be driven by events and by the parties themselves,” but added that he is “personally very much in favor of a two-state solution.”

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