Weld says he is seeking GOP nomination for president in 2020

Weld says he is seeking GOP nomination for president in 2020

Bill Weld, the Harvard-educated former MA governor whose name appeared next to presidential candidate Gary Johnson's on the Libertarian ticket in 2016, officially announced on Monday that he is going to challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020.

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.

Weld told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead" that it would be a "political tragedy" and he would "fear for the Republic" if the country had six more years of Trump as President. In a campaign video, he lists his achievements as governor of MA from 1991 to 1997, including "cutting taxes 21 times". The video shows clips of his television advertisement during his 1990 campaign for the office.

Weld, 73, who was the running mate to failed Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson in 2016, served as the Republican governor of MA between 1991 and 1997, unsuccessfully challenged Democratic Sen.

But he may struggle to win over a Republican Party that has been reshaped to suit Trump.

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

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

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Party leaders have quickly rejected Weld's campaign which make things look hard for him in the long run.

A statement from the Republican National Committee said: "Any effort to challenge the president's nomination is bound to go absolutely nowhere". 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.

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

Next year Republican and Democratic voters will hold elections known as primaries to pick their respective party's standard bearer for the November 2020 presidential election.

Sitting presidents do not usually face internal challengers, and only a few have ever been denied renomination by their party.

Pete Buttigieg has joined the race to stop Donald Trump from being re-elected.

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