Former Massachusetts governor William Weld became the only Republican candidate challenging President Donald Trump for the party’s nomination in 2020.
‘It is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag. It is time to return 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,’ Weld said in a statement Monday, ‘I am ready to lead that fight.’
Weld’s campaign released a video on Sunday that outlined his accomplishments and made the case for why American needs Weld to challenge Trump.
‘Today we need Bill Weld more than ever,’ it says in the three-and-a-half minute video.
Weld ran for vice president in 2016 as a libertarian and said back in February that he was launching a committee to explore a Republican run against Trump.
When announcing his consideration of a run, he said that Trump was ‘too unstable to carry out the duties of the highest office the land.’
‘I’m here because I think our country is in grave peril,’ Weld told an audience in the early primary state of New Hampshire. ‘And I cannot sit quietly on the sidelines any longer.’
‘We cannot sit passively as our precious democracy slips quietly into darkness. Congress must do its duty and citizens we must do ours.’
Weld’s entry into the race marks the first direct head-on challenge to Trump.