Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld said that he and running mate Gary Johnson have made "strides toward breaking the two-party monopoly," but "the deck is still stacked against even a credible third-party ticket with two proven former governors."
"Gary and I will carry our message of fiscal responsibility, social inclusion, and smaller government through November 8, and I hope that this election cycle will secure for the Libertarian Party a permanent place in our national political dialogue," Weld said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Weld, 71, governed Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. Johnson, 63, was New Mexico's governor from 1995 to 2003. Both were Republicans.
He then slammed Republican nominee Donald Trump, though he did not call for GOP voters to support Hillary Clinton.
"A president of the United States operates every day under a great deal of pressure — from all sides, and in furtherance of many different agendas," Weld said. "With that pressure comes constant criticism.
"After careful observation and reflection, I have come to believe that Donald Trump, if elected president of the United States, would not be able to stand up to this pressure and this criticism without becoming unhinged and unable to perform competently the duties of his office.
"In the final days of this very close race, every citizen must be aware of the power and responsibility of each individual vote," Weld later said in the statement. "This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining.
"Donald Trump should not, cannot, and must not be elected president of the United States."
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