Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld said on Monday on the CNN channel that he would be campaigning for his party’s presidential election in November next year. The 73-year-old is the first Republican to challenge Trump. Welds chances are likely to stand badly: According to polls by the pollster Gallup Trump enjoys Republican supporters for months around 90 percent approval.
Weld said on Monday it would be a “political tragedy” if Trump were re-elected in 2020 and a further four years in office. “I’m afraid for the Republic.” Among other things, the ex-governor accused the president of taunting the rule of law. Weld recently credited Trump with “malicious narcissism” in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Weld had applied for the Vice Presidency in 2016 alongside the presidential candidate of the Little Libertarian Party, Gary Johnson. Only in February, Weld had returned to the Republicans.
18 candidates for Democrats
While the field of Republican candidates for the presidential candidacy is thin, the Democrats have already thrown 18 candidates into the ring. These include Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, as well as former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who made headlines last year in the Senate seat race.
Also the independent senator Bernie Sanders, who started in 2016 in the democratic primaries and then defeated Hillary Clinton, wants to start another attempt. Other names are under discussion. Among other things, it is speculated about a candidacy of former US Vice President Joe Biden.