Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld visits Jackman brothers for Pints & Politics in Peterborough

  • Presidential primary candidate Republican Bill Weld appears on the Jackman brothers’ Pints & Politics web show at the Post & Beam in Peterborough Tuesday. Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Presidential primary candidate Republican Bill Weld appears on the Jackman brothers’ Pints & Politics web show at the Post & Beam in Peterborough Tuesday. Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Presidential primary candidate Republican Bill Weld appears on the Jackman brothers’ Pints & Politics web show at the Post & Beam in Peterborough Tuesday. Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Presidential primary candidate Republican Bill Weld appears on the Jackman brothers’ Pints & Politics web show at the Post & Beam in Peterborough Tuesday. Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Presidential primary candidate Republican Bill Weld appears on the Jackman brothers’ Pints & Politics web show at the Post & Beam in Peterborough Tuesday. Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/18/2019 6:39:38 PM

Presidential hopeful Republican Bill Weld stopped in at the Post & Beam Brewery in Peterborough Tuesday afternoon to sit down with the Jackman brothers for their Pints & Politics web show.

Eric and Mike Jackman, twin brothers who live in Peterborough, launched the video series on their Patreon account, Jackman Radio, in February with the mission of interviewing as many 2020 presidential candidates that they can while also enjoying a beer with the candidate at the Post & Beam, which sponsors the show.

Brewery owner Erika Rosenfeld offered Weld any draft in the house before the show, but Weld stuck with a tall glass of water for the interview. He joked the water was Russian vodka, leading the brothers into several Russian collusion jokes.

“We’re just colluding,” Weld quipped before the camera rolled.

Weld is the fourth presidential candidate to appear on Pints & Politics, but is the first Republican candidate for the show.

When the interview began Weld, who was governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997, told the brothers his record as a fiscally conservative, socially liberal governor speaks volumes to his qualifications to be president as well as the best to challenge current Republican President Donald Trump.

“First of all, I know how to balance a budget. Matter of fact, I know how to cut spending in real dollars, year over year. I had to do that. I went right after Mike Dukakis, who left us technically bankrupt when I took over. It was a recession in 1991, New Hampshire and Massachusetts were the state’s that were the hardest hit,” Weld said.

Despite running against a Republican incumbent, Weld said, he isn’t necessarily a long shot. His strategy is to appeal to unaffiliated voters in states like New Hampshire that allow unaffiliated voters to participate in primary voting.

It’s a chance to vote against Trump early, he said.

“I’m fiscally conservative, I’m socially open and welcoming and tolerant and supportive whatever you want to say – for whatever minority, period,” Weld said. “I was the first out-of-the-box on the LGBT issues. First out-of-the-box on legalizing medicinal marijuana. … I was alone, for 20 years, on those issues. So people in the “Live Free or Die” state appreciate that by-and-large. I’m appealing to even Democrats. ‘Vote against Trump early,’ if you don’t buy his package, come and vote in the Republican primary against him, early.”

“Millennials and Gen Xers” especially understand his message when he talks about Trump calling climate change a hoax, the threat to abortion rights and the rising deficit, Weld said.

“We now have a $30 trillion dollar deficit,” he said, and speaking directly to the brothers, “You won’t see Social Security. … Vote me in there and I’ll be the most fiscally conservative president you have ever seen.”


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