Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) has endorsed GOP presidential candidate Bill Weld ahead of the state’s GOP primary next month, a move intended as a rebuke of President Trump.
“I’ve met with him before, I think a lot of him and his platform, so I would be supporting him,” Scott said of Weld, a long-shot Republican presidential candidate, at a press conference Saturday.
The endorsement comes less than three weeks before Vermont’s March 3 primary, where 16 pledged delegates will be at stake.
While just a handful of delegates are up for grabs, a loss anywhere to Weld would be politically embarrassing for Trump.
Scott, a vocal moderate who has expressed concerns with Trump’s rhetoric and conduct in office, signaled last year that he could endorse someone other than Trump.
The Vermont governor said in May he would consider backing Weld in the 2020 race but declined to pull the trigger at the time since other Republicans were still mulling presidential bids.
“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 tweeted after Scott’s endorsement.
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.https://t.co/gTsjMN3UKj
— Gov. Bill Weld (@GovBillWeld) February 15, 2020
Weld, a former Republican governor of Massachusetts, has so far been trounced in both the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary in his bid against Trump.
Yet Weld, who ran on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2016, is insistent he will continue his campaign regardless of the high chances of failure.
“Unless the roof falls on my head, I’ll keep going as long as I can,” Weld said in an interview with The Hill last month before any votes were cast.