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Bill Weld 2020 presidential campaign

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Weld 2020 Presidential Campaign Committee, Inc.
Bill Weld campaign 2020.png
Campaign2020 United States presidential election (Republican Party primaries)
CandidateBill Weld
Governor of Massachusetts (1991–1997)
AffiliationRepublican Party
EC formedFebruary 15, 2019
AnnouncedApril 15, 2019
HeadquartersBoston, Massachusetts
Key peopleJennifer Horn (former campaign manager)[1]
Stuart Stevens (strategist)[2]
SloganAmerica Deserves Better

On February 15, 2019, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced the formation of an exploratory committee to consider running for the Republican nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election.[4][5] On April 15, 2019 Weld officially announced he would be running for president, challenging incumbent Donald Trump.[6] Weld previously was the 2016 Vice Presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party on the Gary Johnson ticket.[7]

2019 campaign developments

February 2019 launch

Weld announcing his formation of an exploratory committee
Weld announcing his formation of an exploratory committee

On February 15, 2019, Weld officially announced the formation of an exploratory committee in preparing to run for the 2020 Republican Party presidential primaries.[8] Soon after, Weld began making appearances in media, appearing on CNN on Presidents Day 2019, stating he believed Trump has "showed contempt for the American people".[9] He appeared on both Bloomberg News[10] and MSNBC's Morning Joe the next day. On Morning Joe, he criticized Donald Trump as president, with a focus especially on what he labeled bad foreign policy in regards largely to North Korea and Russia.[11]

Formal announcement

On April 15, 2019, Weld officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination during an appearance on The Lead with Jake Tapper.[12] Weld's campaign is being managed by Jennifer Horn, the former chair of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee and also includes Stuart Stevens, a top strategist for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.[2]

Political positions


Weld has been strongly pro-choice for the entirety of his career.[13][failed verification]

LGBT rights

Weld has been a consistent supporter of LGBT rights, and the right to same-sex marriage.[14]


Weld has described himself as fiscally conservative, with goals of slashing spending and balancing the budget. For this reason, he has been described as a "classic conservative". He has proposed to drastically reduce military spending, withdraw American forces from foreign engagements, and refocus American politics on domestic issues primarily.[15]


Weld has been a supporter of charter schools, having established the first twenty-five Massachusetts charter schools as governor.[16]


On October 26, 2019, it was reported that while speaking at Tufts University, Weld suggested that Trump might not even appear on the 2020 ballot. Weld noted that choosing a secret vote about impeachment is an option available to the Senate and that former Senator Jeff Flake suggested that a secret vote in the process could shield senators effectively from adverse political reactions by the "Trump base" and thereby, free them to vote for conviction. Weld estimated that under those circumstances, 30 to 35 votes to convict would be attained easily and that only 20 are needed.[17]



  1. ^ Trent Spiner (November 7, 2019). "Is Pence running for president in 2024?". Politico. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Costa, Robert (April 15, 2019). "Bill Weld launches campaign against Trump for 2020 Republican nomination". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "WELD, WILLIAM FLOYD (BILL) - Candidate overview -".
  4. ^ Linskey, Annie; Weigel, David. "Bill Weld, former Mass. governor, to challenge Trump for Republican presidential nomination". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Voorhees, Josh (February 15, 2019). "The Best-Case Scenario for Bill Weld's 2020 Primary Campaign Against Trump". Slate Magazine. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Brusk, Steve (April 15, 2019). "Bill Weld officially announces he is challenging Trump for GOP nomination in 2020". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  7. ^ Holly Ramer; Bob Salsberg; (February 15, 2019). "Massachusetts ex-governor Bill Weld first to challenge Trump for Republican nomination". Globe and Mail. Associated Press.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Ex-Massachusetts Gov. William Weld to challenge Trump for Republican nomination in 2020". USA TODAY. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "William Weld: Trump 'Showed Contempt for the American People'". Newsmax. February 18, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  10. ^ John Hughes; David Westin (February 19, 2019). "Weld Says He Can Beat Trump With Help From Independent Voters". Bloomberg News. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  11. ^ Jeremy C. Fox. "Bill Weld bashes Trump on 'Morning Joe' as he considers GOP primary challenge". Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  12. ^ Steve Brusk; Kate Sullivan (April 16, 2019). "Bill Weld officially announces he is challenging Trump for GOP nomination in 2020". CNN. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "What does William Weld believe? Where the candidate stands on 5 issues". PBS NewsHour. February 15, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  14. ^ "Bill Weld on the Issues". Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "Can Bill Weld Restore Conservatism?". National Review. June 21, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  16. ^ "Bill Weld mastered the classics – and disruption of education status quo". Pointer Lock. June 22, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  17. ^ Smith, David (October 26, 2019). "Bill Weld: Trump faces higher risk of removal if senators go to secret ballot" – via

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