Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Former MA Gov. Bill Weld to Challenge Trump for GOP Nomination

Former MA Gov. Bill Weld to Challenge Trump for GOP Nomination

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.

In Mr Weld's three-minute campaign video he's eager to flag his credentials as a former Governor of MA.

As for his actual policy positions, Weld's website is little more than an ask for money, but a video released by his campaign makes it clear that his primary qualification is not being Donald Trump.

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.

But he faces an uphill battle to take over a Republican party that has been refashioned in Mr Trump's image.

Alternately a politician, federal prosecutor, investment banker, lobbyist and even novelist - his political mystery called "Mackerel by Moonlight" was published to mixed reviews in 1998 - the Harvard-educated scion of a prominent Boston family was a lifelong Republican before bolting the GOP to run on the Libertarian Party ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in 2016.

Clips of Trump's controversial statements about women are cut into the video by means of contrast.

"I would be ashamed of myself if I didn't raise my hand and run", he told Tapper.

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

But underscoring the long odds for him, party leaders promptly rejected his campaign.

Weld formed a presidential campaign exploratory committee in February for a Republican challenge to Trump.

Mr Trump's campaign said on Sunday it had raised more than $30m in the first quarter of this year, far outpacing the political war chests of individual Democratic candidates. While Trump's overall approval ratings have been poor for much of his presidency, he remains popular with Republican voters. But who else has a shot at becoming the next president?

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