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Bill Weld: 'Four to Six' GOP Senators Would Vote to Remove Trump in Impeachment

Libertarian vice presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld arrives to cast his vote at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Canton, Mass., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Gadfly Republican candidate for president Bill Weld is finding it difficult to get his name in the papers and his picture on the TV. So, he has resorted to a tactic best employed by obscure candidates for high office looking for publicity.

He says something outrageous.

Weld was interviewed by The Hill and, in the “outrageous” department, he didn’t disappoint.

“I know most of the senior Republicans in the Senate,” Weld, a long-shot candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, said in an interview at The Hill’s offices in Washington. “They’re picking their words carefully when they talk to me, of all people, even though we are friends.”

“I wouldn’t want to get quoted,” he added. “I don’t even like to ask someone to do something which is not in their political self-interest. But yeah, I would say they’re four to six votes for removal right now.”

Weld added that House Republicans who remain steadfast in their defense of the president will come to “regret” their decision to vote against impeachment.

You “wouldn’t want to get quoted”? Huh? He’s talking on the record to a newspaper on a subject sure to get wide play in the press, and doesn’t want to be quoted?

I call bull cookies on that.

Of course, even if there are a half dozen GOP Senators willing to commit political suicide, Trump is in no danger. With a 53-47 majority in the Senate and 67 votes needed to convict the president, Trump will survive.

The question is, how much longer will we have Bill Weld to kick around? He certainly is a ripe target when he says stuff like this.

“I’m very happy to be the canary in the coal mine or the Cassandra who points out that this could be a self-defeating succumbing,” Weld said. “This could result in electoral defeat for the Republicans, in addition to be based on shaky morality.”

In the roughly 40-minute interview, Weld said his prospects in the Republican presidential race have improved amid the impeachment proceedings, which began in late September. The pace of his fundraising “is a little brisker,” he said, and he’s received warmer receptions at campaign events, adding that he plans to begin airing television ads in New Hampshire this month ahead of the state’s Feb. 11 primary.

“My experience around the country … people are just simply exhausted. They really don’t want to hear that much about Mr. Trump and they don’t want to pronounce his name and they don’t want you to pronounce his name either. But they don’t mind saying: ‘Can’t you get him out of there?’”

Are you sure you’re hearing the right name, Bill? Are they telling you to get out and not Trump?