Former MA Gov. Bill Weld to Challenge Trump for GOP Nomination

Saul Bowman
April 19, 2019

This time it's Bill Weld, the former governor of MA, and Gary Johnson's running mate on the 2016 Libertarian ticket.

"I'd be ashamed of myself if hadn't raised my hand and said count me in", he told ABC news shortly after his announcement.

"Yeah, I do. I've done it before and particularly in New Hampshire where I'm spending a lot of time, it's one vote at a time and one voter at a time and you got to meet them, but what we have now is a president who mocks the rule of law", Weld said. And while he's calling for a return to "principles" and "dignity", Weld clearly isn't shy about using some of Trump's most-maligned past comments against him. In 2008, he endorsed Obama over McCain for president.

In a statement Monday, Weld said that America is a nation "built on courage, resilience and independence". There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great.

The former two-term MA governor told CNN's Jake Tapper that he's spent time in New Hampshire speaking to voters as he readied his 2020 presidential campaign. Bill Weld, who was the Libertarian candidate for vice president in 2016, announced the longshot bid during a CNN appearance Monday, the Washington Post reports. "I am ready to lead that fight", the former governor declared.

Weld said he will not run as an Independent if he does not win the Republican nomination.


Fiscally conservative but socially liberal, Mr Weld is known for an unconventional, at times quirky, political style and a long history of friction with the party he now seeks to lead.

But he faces an uphill battle to take over a Republican party that has been refashioned in Mr Trump's image.

Mr Weld's campaign video touts his cross-party credentials as a Republican who was elected in the Democratic stronghold of MA.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) in January issued a nonbinding resolution to declare the party's undivided support for Mr Trump.

Bill Weld announced he will challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary. The RNC and the Republican Party are firmly behind the president. Weld resigned in 1997 after President Bill Clinton nominated him to be the USA ambassador to Mexico.

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