Two months after former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld launched an exploratory committee to pursue the possibility of challenging President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, he is now an officially declared candidate.
Weld has accused Trump of leaving the nation in "grave peril" and denounced the president's priorities as "skewed toward promotion of himself rather than for the good of the country".
Weld said, "I'm announcing that I'm running for president of the United States as a Republican against President Trump in 2020". Bill Weld, who was the Libertarian candidate for vice president in 2016, announced the longshot bid during a CNN appearance Monday, the Washington Post reports. He said, in his words, "There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight".
He said he is an economic conservative, adding that the United States "deserves to have some fiscal restraint and conservatism and cutting spending in Washington, DC". "I'm not saying I would ever endorse a Democrat in this race, but I could not support the president". Weld is one of those socially libertarian, fiscally conservative types who believes in shrinking both tax rates and the social safety net, and unless it comes out that Donald Trump is actually a sack of sweet potatoes sitting on a gold toilet, his chances of winning the Republican nomination are less than zero.
Weld's nomination by President Bill Clinton to be USA ambassador to Mexico touched off a bitter public spat with then-Sen.
Johnson and Weld received about 4.5 million votes, a little more than 3 percent of the national popular vote. In the video, a narrator recounts Weld's experience leading MA and shows clips of some of Trump's most controversial comments.
This sum outpaces the political funding of individual Democratic candidates. His low-key style and sharp wit also seemed to play well with voters as did his penchant for the unexpected: He once ended a news conference touting progress in cleaning up Boston's polluted Charles River by diving fully clothed into the waterway. He briefly entertained a run for president in 1996 before mounting an unsuccessful campaign that year to unseat Democratic Sen.
The video says that Weld was the first Republican governor of MA in more than 20 years, calls him a "crime fighter" who as governor cut taxes, reformed the welfare program and balanced the state's budget, while making the state safer. He has supported legalization of medical marijuana since 1992.