Published: Thu, April 18, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Bill Weld: Trump to face 2020 Republican challenge

Bill Weld: Trump to face 2020 Republican challenge

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.

"I'm in!" tweeted Bill Weld, a former MA governor who has called for Americans to stand up against the "schoolyard bully" now in the Oval Office.

The 73-year-old Weld served as MA governor in the 1990s.

Among his touted successes were balancing the budget, cutting taxes, cracking down on corruption and helping reform welfare. He also signed a 2013 amicus brief in support of same-sex marriage.

Throughout his political career, he has been an advocate for personal liberty, limited government, and economic freedom, often working with more than one party to do what he views as right.

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The video finishes with the slogan: "A Better America Starts Here".

"I spent seven years the Justice Department trying to keep the politics out of law enforcement", Weld said of his work as a US attorney and head of the Justice Department's criminal division. However, he was still able to get a lot of bills passed. He has little chance of snatching the Republican nomination from the sitting president, who remains popular among his base. It also could allow him to win key blue states in 2020, including MA and its key eleven electoral votes. He said, in his words, "There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great".

Weld, said on Monday (local time) in the channel CNN that he is going to apply for the candidacy of his party for the presidential election in November of next year.

Mr Weld, 73, has released a campaign video contrasting his style with the current president's. He said his campaign would actively seek support from suburban women, millennials and independent voters. "I am ready to lead that fight", he said. Every dollar you give helps us grow our mission of providing reliable coverage.

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