SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld was in Springfield Wednesday, touring Springfield Technical Community College.
Bill Weld, who is challenging President Donald Trump for the Republican party’s presidential nomination, said colleges like STCC will play a significant role in America’s labor force in the future.
STCC President Dr. John Cook took Weld on a tour of the campus, walked through the new Ira Rubenzahl Student Learning Center and visited the tech park.
Weld wants STCC grads to learn the skills needed for artificial intelligence jobs that will be in the workforce over the next two decades.
“This is a so-called ‘cross over state’ that permits people to pick either primary ballot Republican or Democrat and that served me well in the past,” Weld told 22News. “I would get maybe 50 percent of Republican votes, but independents would come in and vote too, so we are hoping history repeats itself.”
Weld plans to spend most of his time leading up to Super Tuesday in Massachusetts as well as Vermont. He also believes he has a good chance to win in Colorado and Utah.
Massachusetts voters will get to decide between Weld and President Trump as early as next Monday, February 24 when the state’s early voting kicks off.
Weld, who served as governor of Massachusetts from 1991 through 1997, finished in a distant second behind President Trump in last week’s New Hampshire Republican Primary, receiving a little over 9 percent of the vote.
This is not his first run for national office. Weld was the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 2016.