Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld will challenge Trump for Republican nomination in 2020
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld will challenge Trump for Republican nomination in 2020

  • NEW YORK TIMES

    William Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, said today he would challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 nomination. Weld was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee, when he spoke at this campaign rally at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan on Sept. 10, 2016.

BOSTON >>Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld says he is seeking the Republican nomination against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Weld said today in announcing his candidacy that “it is time to return to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity and opportunity for all.” 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.”

Weld was the 2016 Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He served two terms as Massachusetts governor in the 1990s.

Weld’s move makes Trump the first incumbent president since George H.W. Bush in 1992 to face a notable primary challenge.

The Republican National Committee in January issued a nonbinding resolution to declare the party’s undivided support for Trump.

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