Bill Weld, the Harvard-educated former MA governor whose name appeared next to presidential candidate Gary Johnson's on the Libertarian ticket in 2016, officially announced on Monday that he is going to challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020.
Bill Weld, 73, a former governor of MA governor, announced that he would be making the rare move against an incumbent president by calling on "patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag".
He added: "There is no greater cause on Earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight", he said.
The move illustrates how Mr Trump, 72, remains a divisive figure among Republicans despite having high approval ratings among his... 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. In the video, a narrator recounts Weld's experience leading MA and shows clips of some of Trump's most controversial comments.
The Republican challenger to Trump argued that the president's attacks on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation were unsafe and exactly what Russian President Vladimir Putin couldn't imagine "in his wildest dreams". "Any effort to challenge the president's nomination is bound to go absolutely nowhere".
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"Bill Weld is uniquely qualified to serve the American people as President", his campaign's announcement message reads.
After his governorship, Weld joined the Libertarian Party, serving as running mate to its 2016 candidate Gary Johnson, before returning to Republican ranks in February. "I'm not saying I would ever endorse a Democrat in this race, but I could not support the president". "The country deserves to have some fiscal constraint and conservatism".
"A president who says, we don't need a free press, who says, climate change is a complete hoax: He's not paying attention", Weld continued.
He was first elected to the office in 1990, defeating a conservative Democratic candidate, and quickly became one of Massachusetts' most popular governors in recent history.
In his announcement message, Weld noted his appointment as a USA attorney by Ronald Reagan, calling himself a "Reagan Republican".