Ex-Mass. Governor Looks to Challenge Trump in 2020
Weld teased his announcement by launching an exploratory committee to seek the GOP nomination. (Fox News)
“I think there definitely is a path to victory, but you want to test the market a bit. I look forward to talking to a variety of people. You want to make sure the motion doesn’t fail for lack of a second but it won’t,” Weld said Thursday evening in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. “Everyone I have talked to says you are running as an R, count me in.”
The former two-term Massachusetts governor during the 1990s is returning to New Hampshire again a week and a half after Friday’s appearance. Weld will speak Feb. 26 at New England College’s Town Hall Meeting Series, a popular forum for presidential candidates and potential White House contenders.
While the president’s endured a rough few months – from the loss of the House GOP majority in November’s midterm elections to the political hits he took over the partial federal government shutdown – Trump remains popular with Republicans.
Those who might challenge Trump – such as Weld, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan – would be considered extreme underdogs who would have to face off against not only a hard-charging president but also a Republican Party that remains firmly supportive of the president.
Weld ran as the Libertarian vice presidential nominee in 2016. This time he's working within the two-party system.