Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Republican announces challenge to Trump for GOP nomination in 2020

Vice Presidential Candidate Governor William Weld Presidential Candidate Governor Gary Johnson and Michael Smerconish attend the SiriusXM Libertarian Presidential Forum at the National Constitution Center Bill Weld officially announces he’s challenging Trump for GOP nomination in 2020
Jeannette Daniel | 17 April, 2019, 11:33

Donald Trump, best known as the inventor of the four-hour workday, will not secure the Republican nomination for President unchallenged: Bill Weld, the former Republican Governor of MA, officially announced his candidacy for the nomination on Monday.

"Ours is a nation built on courage, resilience, and independence".

This story is still developing.

Weld's nomination by President Bill Clinton to be US ambassador to Mexico touched off a bitter public spat with then-Sen.

In addition to not being Donald Trump, Weld worked in the office of the Attorney General during the Reagan administration, served as Governor of MA from 1991 to 1997, and was Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's running mate during the 2016 Presidential race (which, btw, they lost).

The announcement video also touts Weld's record on helping to fight corruption, particularly Democrat corruption in MA, as well as his connection to President Ronald Reagan, who appointed him to be a "crime-fighting" USA attorney.

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"I'm in!" Weld wrote on Twitter Monday afternoon, adding the hashtag #Weld2020.

"So I would be ashamed of myself if I didn't raise my hand and run".

With little in the way of organization or outside money, and at odds with a majority of GOP voters who solidly support Trump, Weld's longshot campaign will target disaffected Republicans and independents who share his disdain for the president and embrace libertarian values of small government, free trade and free markets, and personal freedom.

Weld described himself as a "Republican who works across the aisle and gets things done", and said he would have a "bipartisan Cabinet" if he won the presidency.

"I spent seven years in the Justice Department trying to keep the politics out of law enforcement, he's trying to put it in", Weld said. "That's a ... serious matter in the Oval Office". John McCain was not a war hero, his infamous "grab them by the p***y" comments caught in the "Access Hollywood" tape and President Trump's initial response to the Charlottesville, VA tragedy in which he said there were "very fine people on both sides" in the protests and counter-protests over Confederate monuments that erupted into violence, ending in the death of a peaceful liberal protester. He also generally agrees with the Left's view of climate change, though he also holds conservative and libertarian economic views.

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