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This Man May Try to Take the GOP Nomination From Trump

Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld is exploring a run for president
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2019 10:54 AM CST
In this Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, Libertarian vice presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld arrives to cast his vote at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Canton, Mass.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

(Newser) – Donald Trump's path to the Republican nomination in 2020 may not be an automatic one. Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld announced on Friday that he has formed a presidential committee to explore running against Trump as a Republican. The 73-year-old Harvard and Harvard Law grad and former federal prosecutor made the announcement in Bedford, New Hampshire, and didn't mince words. What he said, and what you need to know about the potential candidate:

  • "I'm here because I think our country is in grave peril, and I cannot sit quietly on the sidelines any longer," he said, per WMUR. Trump "has virtually spat on the idea that we should have freedom of the press. He has failed to call out and denounce appalling instances of racism."
  • "In every country, there comes a time when patriotic men and women must stand up and speak out. In our country, this is such a time."
  • The Washington Post adds that Weld described Trump as behaving "like a schoolyard bully. ... We don’t need six more years of the antics we have seen."
  • And there's this line from the Boston Herald: "To compound matters, our president is simply too unstable to carry out the duties of the highest executive office—which include the specific duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—in a competent and professional matter."

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