Weld: I'm Running for President as a Republican

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Donald Trump, best known as the inventor of the four-hour workday, will not secure the Republican nomination for President unchallenged: Bill Weld, the former Republican Governor of MA, officially announced his candidacy for the nomination on Monday.

After his governorship, Weld joined the Libertarian Party, serving as running mate to its 2016 candidate Gary Johnson, before returning to Republican ranks in February. "So, I would be ashamed of myself if I didn't raise my hand and run".

"There are 20 primaries where independents can vote in the Republican primaries, 20 states, and I'll be focusing on them", Weld said.

In an interview with MA news station WMUR, Weld added that his goal wasn't simply to hurt Trump's chances of being re-elected. He served as Mitt Romney's co-chair in NY when he ran for president in 2008, but after Romney dropped out, he endorsed Barack Obama for president - not John McCain.

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"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 in statement.

Weld had been touring many states with an exploratory committee.

Weld also took to his Twitter account to announce the news and released a three-minute-long video highlighting his achievements during his two terms as governor of MA in the 1990s.

Mr Weld, 73, has released a campaign video contrasting his style with the current president's. "I am ready to lead that fight", he said. "The country deserves to have some fiscal constraint and conservatism".

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When it comes to the economy, however, Weld runs conservative and cutting spending is a priority for him, Axios reported.

After winning a second term, Weld's attention appeared to drift away from the governor's office and toward other political pursuits. "A better America starts here". He seems particularly ill-suited to challenge Trump at a time when Democrats' radicalism on abortion and against religious freedom are riling up Republicans. The RNC and the Republican Party are firmly behind the president.

"The fact that we have a whole year yet to go, before even the early primaries, that's plenty enough time to make this case", Weld added.

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