Former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld announced today he is running for president against Donald Trump, hoping to secure the Republican nomination.
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Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld has faced intense heat from members of the Libertarian Party since he ran alongside former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson on the 2016 Libertarian Presidential ticket. However, as we enter the 2020 primary season, it is fully clear Weld is the best choice for the Presidency. He is the liberty-minded man that seeks to dethrone President Trump for the Republican nomination.
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Friday morning, Bill Weld officially announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee. The former governor of Massachusetts is looking to challenge President Trump in the primary. In late January, he declared that he would be considering a run. Not long before, he switched his party affiliation from Libertarian to Republican.
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Trumpism is a poison that has plagued the GOP and middle America. Someone needs to challenge Trump, to bring the Republican Party to its knees, to rebirth the party.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) has given him their support; “Never-Trump” Senators Rob Portman and Cory Gardner have backed his 2020 run. Senator Romney even wrote a scathing op-ed, while Reps Justin Amash and Will Hurd critique the president frequently.
Among Republicans, Trump has a very high approval rating. Yet, there is still yearning for another candidate amongst young conservatives. Trump is a source of constant agony, whether it’s from his idiotic tweets or policy flip-flops. In fact, 82% of young adults from 18-24 want Trump challenged in 2020. There is a yearning for quality, moderate and intellectual opponent in the Republican primary. Young people want someone with wit, but also integrity.
Who can challenge Trump?
There are potential challengers on the horizon. Maryland governor Larry Hogan, John Kasich, and even Ann Coulter, to name a few. If the Reaganites and compassionate conservatives of the Bush-era want the Republican party to be the “party of Lincoln,” “party of family values and listening to the American people”, then they need to nominate someone that actually holds those beliefs.
Why Trump needs to go
Trump doesn’t exemplify either of those statements. His eloquence (or lack of) and treatment of women, with Megan Kelly as well as his first wife, have put the party in a bind. Is the grand old party really going to support a man just because he puts conservative judges on the bench and passed tax cuts?
“Isn’t the character argument getting old?” has become a popular defense of Trump. I respond with absolutely not. If a Democrat behaved the way Trump does, conservatives would vilify them. When he said he could “shoot someone” and his approval rating would not change, he wasn’t entirely wrong. And no; Trump doesn’t “appeal to the average American.” Thus, the case for a primary opponent becomes stronger.
Ideally, in the case of a primary opponent, the party itself would shift and those aligned with Trump may be at odds. Make the Republican Party great again. Obviously, this is healthy and this needs to happen.
What can we expect in 2020?
The 2016 election results were far from predictable, and 2020 will be also. Most mainstream news outlets had Clinton ahead by a wide margin. The Huffington Post literally put his chance at victory at less than 2%. If no one challenges Trump and he becomes the nominee in 2020, the best we can hope for is a more moderate vice president or an independent moderate. Either way, 2020 will be one of the most interesting years in politics and the country.
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9:00 EST: 71 Republic has called the primary for Hawley.
8:56 EST: A lot of the vote just came in. With 6% of the vote in, Hawley still has a big lead with 59% of the vote with Monetti at 10% of the vote and Petersen at 7.3% of the vote.
8:42 EST: With 4,452 votes in, Josh Hawley still has a significant lead with 56.5% of the vote with Tony Monetti at 9.3% and Austin Petersen at 9.2%. The other several candidates make up 25.1% of the vote. Long ways to go still, but looking good for Hawley.
8:24 EST: With first results coming in, Josh Hawley is on top with 56% of the vote, with Tony Monetti having 11.1%, Kristi Nichols having 9.3% of the vote and Austin Petersen receiving 6.7% so far. Only 1,478 votes are in so far, however, so you still have a while to go.
7:49 EST: Results are scheduled to start coming in at 8:30 EST. Stay tuned for updates.
Tonight is the night of the primaries for the Senate race in Missouri to determine who’ll be the Republican and Democratic nominees in November. Incumbent Claire McCaskill is expected to get re-elected, but the Republicans may put up a worthwhile fight. So we will be watching the Republican primaries The two main candidates are Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and Austin Petersen. We’ll be updating results onto this page as they come in. Polls close at 8 PM EST, the first results are expected at 8:30 PM EST.
Petersen is one of the most visible libertarian voices running for office this election cycle, as his campaign has pushed for and championed many causes libertarians have long fought for such as an audit of the Federal Reserve, Criminal Justice Reform, an adoption of a non-interventionist Foreign Policy, cutting spending and taxes, protecting cryptocurrency from government regulation (which lead him to receive the biggest Bitcoin donation in American campaign history), championing strong 2nd amendment rights (and even gave away 2 AR-15s and a 3-D printed gun), and much, much more.
Although Petersen has strong grassroots support, the odds are against him, as the Republican establishment and Mitch McConnell wing of the GOP did everything in their power to ensure that Josh Hawley was the nominee representing the Republican Party in November. The Missouri GOP even decided to spend money on Hawley’s campaign before he became the official nominee instead of waiting for the Missouri voters to make their decision on who they wanted the nominee to be.