I’ll admit to a having a soft spot for ol’ Bill — and not just because, when he was Governor, he sent us a nice letter granting the required permission for an old friend to perform our wedding ceremony. He’s not gonna be the Republican nominee, but I might send his NH campaign a few bucks, because if Fox News is ever required to acknowledge Weld’s candidacy the Oval Office Squatter will burst a blood vessel flexing his little thumbs on twitter.
(Also, the Airport Diner featured in the clip does an excellent fried chicken livers & mashed potatoes plate — I try to eat there the once or twice a year when we go to Manchester for a Currier exhibit or a quilt show.)
Check out his comments on the Mueller report, at approximately 2:20 below:
"Jake, I'm announcing that I'm running for President… as a Republican against the President in 2020."
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) April 15, 2019
With Bill Weld formally declaring his candidacy for president, here’s a key moment from his career: March 1988, when he made national headlines resigning in protest from the Reagan Justice Department.
He returned to MA and the next year launched a successful bid for governor: pic.twitter.com/yHuURqDeXx
— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) April 15, 2019
My latest: Bill Weld launches campaign against Trump for 2020 Republican nomination, will focus efforts on NH.
Fmr Romney adviser Stuart Stevens has left his longtime firm to serve as strategist. Fmr NH GOP chair Jennifer Horn will run the campaign. https://t.co/Sq8PPKF4SM
— Robert Costa (@costareports) April 15, 2019
… [I]f Weld’s campaign did somehow get traction, it could present a headache to the Trump operation, and history has demonstrated the effect of such challenges.
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush faced a troublesome run from the right from commentator Patrick J. Buchanan, who embarrassed the incumbent by winning 37 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary and fighting Bush until the national convention. The weakened president lost to Democrat Bill Clinton.
Similarly, President Gerald R. Ford had to fend off a Republican challenge from Ronald Reagan in 1976 before losing in the general election to Democrat Jimmy Carter…
— Gov. Bill Weld (@GovBillWeld) April 15, 2019