William Weld, the former two-term governor of Massachusetts, announced Monday that he will challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for president in 2020.
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“I’m in!” Weld said in a tweet announcing his candidacy, the first so far to contest Trump’s nomination.
In a statement, he described his intention to return the United States “to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity and opportunity for all.
“There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight,” Weld said.
Weld’s campaign web site, www.weld2020.org, posted a video of him declaring his intention to try to deny Trump the GOP nod for a second term in the White House. The video opens up with the words, “America Has a Choice.”
“Ours is a nation built on courage, resilience, and independence. In these times of great political strife, when both major parties are entrenched in their ‘win at all cost’ battles, the voices of the American people are being ignored and our nation is suffering,” Weld said.
“It is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag,” he said.
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