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Republican Bill Weld to challenge Trump in 2020

17 April 2019
Republican Bill Weld to challenge Trump in 2020

On Monday's broadcast of CNN's "The Lead", former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (R) announced he is running for president in 2020 as a Republican.

The 73-year-old is not new to politics having governed MA for six years and served in the justice department under President Ronald Reagan. He said, in his words, "There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great".

The move illustrates how Mr Trump, 72, remains a divisive figure among Republicans despite having high approval ratings among his...

In 2016, Weld joined Johnson to represent the Libertarian Party.

In a three-minute video announcing his candidacy released Monday, Weld highlighted some widely criticized comments by Trump, including Trump saying then-Sen.

The former governor's campaign makes Trump the first incumbent president since George H.W. Bush in 1992 to face a notable primary challenge.

Primary challengers to incumbent presidents have never been successful at stealing the nomination in the modern era, but embarrassing intraparty contests have proved to be the making of one-term leaders, seeding weaknesses that were later exploited by a general-election rival. "Integrity. Independence." After his "historic victory", Weld "cut taxes 21 times", "balanced the budget", "reformed welfare", and went on to win re-election "by the widest margin ever" in the state's history, the video states.

As Axios notes, Weld holds generally liberal views when it comes to social issues, including supporting abortion, legalized marijuana, and same-sex marriage.

He endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama over Republican nominee John McCain, in 2008 - but late said he regretted it. Donald Trump is not an economic conservative.

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

This sum outpaces the political funding of individual Democratic candidates.