Weld defends Libertarian running mate Gary Johnson on Aleppo gaffe

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BOSTON — Former Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld cast aside suggestions last week that his running mate for president, Gary Johnson, forgetting the Syrian city of Aleppo could do lasting damage to their campaign, saying the mistake could happen to anyone — even him.

“I’m not going to say that couldn’t happen to me. You do blank,” Weld said after speaking to a class of Emerson College students in Boston.


Watch: Weld speaks at Emerson last week


Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program on Thursday, Sept. 9, when he was asked what he would do as president about Aleppo, the city at the center of a bloody war in Syria. “And what is Aleppo?” Johnson responded, touching off a firestorm of criticism.

Johnson later issued a statement apologizing for the lapse, saying he “blanked.”


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