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Bill Weld

Republican

•  Age at inauguration: 75
• Experience: Governor of Massachusetts (1991-1997); Libertarian Party's nominee for Vice President of U.S. in 2016
• Education: Harvard University (BA, JD), University of Oxford (PGDip)
• Interesting fact: Weld played three games of chess simultaneously while blindfolded

Key Platform Points

• Supports fiscal restraint, moderate immigration reform, and free trade
• Has progressive social views and conservative economic views

Economy and Taxes

• Supports balancing the budget through cuts in spending
• Promote economic growth through tax cuts
• Opposes the tariffs implemented by the Trump administration
• Against raising the minimum wage
• Supports free trade
• Address the predicted job losses due to automation and re-educate workers for the new economy

Corporations

• Decrease regulations on corporations
• Will accept PAC donations for his campaign

Criminal Justice and Drugs

• Supports prosecution of law enforcement for civil rights violations
• Believes addiction should be treated as a national public health emergency
• Favors treatment for drug addicts rather than criminal sentencing
• Supports funding for re-entry programs and bail reform
• Supports legalization of marijuana, particularly for medicinal purposes

Education

• Has supported abolishing the Department of Education to reduce government's overall size
• Wants to adjust budget to cover in-state tuition cost for displaced workers that lost jobs to technology/machinery
• Wants to repeal federal provision that prevents renegotiation of student debt

Environment

• Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement
• Believes in climate change and that the United States' need to act on countering its effects
• Adopt standards for reducing carbon emissions
• Supports environmental regulation
• In favor of the use of nuclear power

Foreign Policy

• Opposes countries being allowed to develop nuclear without proper oversight
• Has been critical of the Iraq War and other invasions
• Called for the U.S. to form closer ties with Canada and Mexico
• Supports the Iran nuclear deal

Government Reform

• Previously pledged to cut the federal government by 20 percent to reduce waste
• Supports term limits for members of Congress
• Replace the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Wants to pass a law requiring presidents to disclose their tax returns

Gun Control

• Limit the number of guns an individual can buy
• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Institute waiting periods for firearms purchases
• Ban handgun sales to individuals under 21

Health Care

• Reform the Affordable Care Act so people have more choices
• Supports increased competition to lower prices

Immigration

• Against Trump's current deportation policies
• Supports a form of legal status for undocumented immigrants
• Broader access for visas and working permits

LGBTQ+ Rights

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Supports allowing transgender individuals access to bathrooms of their choice

National Security & Veterans Affairs

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Supports allowing transgender individuals access to bathrooms of their choice

Social Security & Welfare

• Supports increased Medicaid access
• Privatize of some of Social Security
• Establish individual retirement accounts in fairness to millennials, who may never receive Social Security benefits

Women's Rights

• Pro-choice stance
• Supports legal access to abortion
• Declared that federal government should not have a say on abortion rights

Children

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