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Bill Weld Announces Plan to Enter 2020 Race as the First Republican to Challenge Trump

The former governor of Massachusetts, who ran on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2016, has launched an exploratory committee to enter the 2020 race as the first Republican to challenge President Trump. William Weld, 73, is looking to challenge the president with a message of being socially liberal and fiscally conservative.

While in New Hampshire Friday, Weld remarked,

“I hope to see the Republican Party assume once again the mantle of being the party of Lincoln. It upsets me that our energies as a society are being sapped by the President’s culture of divisiveness in Washington,” said Weld, “Because of the many concerns, I’ve established an exploratory committee … as a Republican in the 2020 election.”

Trump has high approval ratings within the party, polling as high as 89% in a recent Gallup poll. Weld will be facing an uphill battle just to get onto the debate stage.

See the video of Weld’s speech in New Hampshire below:

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