Republican Bill Weld to challenge Trump in 2020

William Weld

William Weld

Bill Weld, a former two-term Republican governor of deep-blue MA, officially entered the 2020 presidential race Monday, mounting the only GOP primary challenge against President Trump's reelection bid so far. When asked about the President's historically high approval rating and whether Weld believes he can beat him in the primary, Weld said, "Yeah, I do".

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

"I'm in!" Bill Weld tweeted on Monday.

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).

He was born in Smithton New York and studied at Harvard University.

He married his current wife Leslie Marshall in 2003. He has supported legalization of medical marijuana since 1992.

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"Today we need Bill Weld more than ever because America deserves better", the video states before transitioning to Trump's various controversial comments.

His alleged achievements include tax cuts, corruption crack-downs and welfare reforms.

"I would be ashamed of myself if I didn't raise my hand and run", he told Tapper.

"Any effort to challenge the president's nomination is bound to go absolutely nowhere", the Republican National Committee said in statement. Gallup's presidential tracking poll has found Trump ranging from 81 to 91% among Republicans for over a year, and in the last three months ranging from 88 to 90%.

Mr Trump's campaign said on Sunday it had raised more than $30m in the first quarter of this year, far outpacing the political war chests of individual Democratic candidates.

Weld has not won a political race since being re-elected governor by a landslide in his heavily Democratic state in 1994.

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