Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Weld says he is seeking GOP nomination for president in 2020

Weld says he is seeking GOP nomination for president in 2020

Bill Weld says he is seeking the Republican nomination against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Vice Presidential Candidate Governor William Weld, Presidential Candidate Governor Gary Johnson and Michael Smerconish attend the SiriusXM Libertarian Presidential Forum at the National Constitution Center September 12, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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 added: "There is no greater cause on Earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight", he said.

Weld is considered fiscally conservative but socially liberal.

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But the challenge could have the potential for intraparty strife, which could weaken the incumbent or expose vulnerabilities that would later be exploited by a general election rival.

He endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama over Republican nominee John McCain, in 2008 - but late said he regretted it.

Weld said he will not run as an Independent if he does not win the Republican nomination. In the video, a narrator recounts Weld's experience leading MA and shows clips of some of Trump's most controversial comments.

Weld has not won a political race since being re-elected governor by a landslide in his heavily Democratic state in 1994.

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After winning a second term, Weld's attention appeared to drift away from the governor's office and toward other political pursuits. He has supported legalization of medical marijuana since 1992.

Weld fired back at Helms, suggesting it was un-American for Helms to refuse to hold a public hearing on a high-profile ambassadorial nomination.

Mr Weld was governor of MA from 1991-97 after serving in the justice department under President Ronald Reagan.

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