The former MA governor and perennial political candidate announced Monday he's going to challenge Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020, becoming the first and likely the only Republican to do so.
In 2016, Weld was the vice presidential nominee on the Libertarian Party ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. "So, I would be ashamed of myself if I didn't raise my hand and run". In February, however, Baker said it was "awfully early" to be discussing the presidential election and would not say if he would or would not endorse Weld, who Baker has called a "mentor". "The president is not well liked in California", Weld said.
"It is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag", Weld said in a statement announcing his candidacy Monday. It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln - equality, dignity, and opportunity for all.
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In his announcement message, Weld noted his appointment as a US attorney by Ronald Reagan, calling himself a "Reagan Republican". "I am ready to lead that fight", the former governor declared. He served two terms as MA governor in the 1990s.
Weld is considered fiscally conservative but socially liberal.
In his announcement video, Weld touted his history in MA, citing tax cuts and a balanced budget.
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But he faces an uphill battle to take over a Republican party that has been refashioned in Mr Trump's image. Welds chances are likely to get bad: According to surveys by the opinion research Institute Gallup Trump enjoys among supporters of the Republicans for months, the consent values on the order of 90 percent.
"Any effort to challenge the president's nomination is bound to go absolutely nowhere", the Republican National Committee said in statement responding to Weld's announcement, noting that its operation and the Republican Party are firmly behind Trump.
"Today we need Bill Weld more than ever because America deserves better", the video states before transitioning to Trump's various controversial comments.
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While the field of Republican candidates for the presidential nomination, thin, have thrown the Democrats already 18 candidates your hat in the Ring.