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Getting to the Point with Governor Bill Weld

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6:30 PM

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld visited the Kennedy Institute for a conversation about his run as a Republican candidate for president of the United States.

Governor Weld shared his vision for a better America, including his proposals to institute congressional term limits and tackle the national debt, a call to return to a culture of respectful disagreement, and the importance of government regaining the trust of the American people through transparency and accountability.

Following the Governor’s remarks, Alison King, Political Reporter for NBC Boston, moderated a wide-ranging conversation that covered his approach to building consensus during his time as Governor, the current political landscape and his strategy for 2020, and a number of issues of interest to voters. Governor Weld addressed questions submitted by audience members that spanned the green new deal and climate policy, gun safety, reproductive rights, infrastructure, the cost of education, and the current state of partisanship.

Governor Weld’s appearance marked the launch of the Kennedy Institute’s series of events focused on the 2020 election cycle. Additional conversations will be listed via the Institute’s list of upcoming programs.

“We must mend the torn fabric of our American democracy, we must forgive past injuries and forge a new American alliance of conservatives and liberals; republicans, democrats, and independents; men and women of every color, from every walk of life; an alliance that celebrates our diversity, respects our differences, and focuses on addressing head-on the challenges we face today.”


— Bill Weld, Presidential Candidate ( R ) and Former Governor of Massachusetts, May 21, 2019 at the Kennedy Institute

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