Former GOP Gov. Bill Weld Launches a Presidential Exploratory Committee to Challenge Trump in the Primaries
Former Republican Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts announced on Friday morning he’s forming an exploratory committee to run for president.
“Because of the many concerns I’ve talked about today, I’ve established an exploratory committee to pursue the possibility of me running for the presidency of the United States as a Republican in the 2020 election,” Weld said in his announcement.
Weld chose Bedford, New Hampshire as the site for his declaration of intent. The state is the site of the first primary election in the nation, and an important one to win (or at least do well in) if Weld is to run a successful campaign elsewhere.
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Weld cited many misgivings he has with current President Donald Trump as the reason why he’s running.
“[O]ur President is simply too unstable to carry out the duties of the highest executive office — which include the specific duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed — in a competent and professional matter,” Weld said, per reporting from the Boston Herald. “He is simply in the wrong place.”
He also took note of the Republican Party’s inability to criticize the president on their own, stating that the GOP is exhibiting “all the symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome, identifying with their captor.”
Weld is the first and only major candidate in the Republican Party to announce a potential run against Trump in the primaries. He faces an uphill battle, to be sure, but a good handful in the party are desiring a change at the top of the ticket.
Fully 43 percent of self-identified Republicans say they hope Trump gets a primary challenger in the 2020 presidential nomination race, according to reporting from the Washington Examiner. A plurality, but not a full majority, of respondents (49 percent) said they hope Trump doesn’t face an intraparty challenger.