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Republican Bill Weld announces primary campaign against Donald Trump

Republican Bill Weld announces primary campaign against Donald Trump

The former MA governor and perennial political candidate announced Monday he's going to challenge Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020, becoming the first and likely the only Republican to do so.

Weld made the announcement Monday evening in a more than three-minute video, which can be viewed below.

No candidate that has gone up against an incumbent president has ever been successful at winning the nomination in the modern era, so Weld will face an uphill battle on his quest to unseat Trump. John Kerry in 1996, mounted a failed bid for governor of NY in 2006 and served as the US attorney for MA between 1981 and 1986. The video shows clips of his television advertisement during his 1990 campaign for the office.

But he may struggle to win over a Republican Party that has been reshaped to suit Trump.

Alternately a politician, federal prosecutor, investment banker, lobbyist and even novelist - his political mystery called "Mackerel by Moonlight" was published to mixed reviews in 1998 - the Harvard-educated scion of a prominent Boston family was a lifelong Republican before bolting the GOP to run on the Libertarian Party ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in 2016.

The video finishes with the slogan: "A Better America Starts Here".

"I really think if we have six more years of the same stuff we've had out of the White House the last two years that would be a political tragedy", he said on CNN.

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"So I would be ashamed of myself if I didn't raise my hand and run".

But underscoring the long odds for him, party leaders promptly rejected his campaign.

A statement from the Republican National Committee said: "Any effort to challenge the president's nomination is bound to go absolutely nowhere".

According to the most recent Gallup poll, 89% of Republican voters approve of the current president.

The move illustrates how Mr Trump, 72, remains a divisive figure among Republicans despite having high approval ratings among his... His campaign recently reported raising $30 million in the first quarter of this year, while Democrats are raising less money than in previous cycles.

"The RNC and the Republican Party are firmly behind the president", an RNC spokeswoman said in a statement.

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