Bill Weld, a former two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts, officially entered the 2020 presidential race Monday, mounting the only GOP primary challenge against President Trump’s reelection bid so far.
“In these times of great political strife, when both major parties are entrenched in their ‘win at all cost’ battles, the voices of the American people are being ignored and our nation is suffering,” Weld said in statement. “It is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag”.
In an interview with CBS News in March, Weld sought to highlight his Republican bona fides, which he said are at stark odds with Mr. Trump’s politics. “I’ve been a Republican, unlike Mr. Trump, since I was 18 years old,” he added. His announcement video on Monday featured some of the controversies that have surrounded Mr. Trump during his presidency and on the campaign trail, including the bombshell release of the 2005 “Hollywood Access” tape in which the president made vulgar remarks about women.
Other Republicans who are reportedly mulling a primary bid against the president are former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
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