At the beginning of the year, over 200 Democrats had expressed an interest in running for the White House in 2020.
There is a difference between intent and actually running and so far, there are around 2 dozen Democrats who have officially launched campaigns.
On the Republican side, up to this week, the only candidate was President Donald Trump.
This is no surprise as incumbents, regardless of which party they belong to, seldom face more than a handful of challengers.
So far, only one Republican challenger has stepped forward with the launch of an official campaign to challenge Trump.
That brave soul is former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.
Milne News – President Trump’s first Republican challenger for 2020 steps forward – Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld formally declared his candidacy for the White House on Monday.
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, another vocal Trump critic, has been mulling a GOP primary challenge against Trump. So has Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. So far Weld is the only one to throw his hat in the ring.
“It is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag. It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln – equality, dignity, and opportunity for all. There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight,” said Weld in a statement as he launched his bid to try and topple Trump, who remains very popular with Republicans.
Weld, a very vocal critic of Trump released a three-minute-long video hitting out at the president and highlighting his own ‘achievements’ during his two terms as governor of Massachusetts in the 1990s…
I’ve seen rumors that another former Massachusetts governor might run against Trump and that is current Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), but Romney has yet to declare and has stated that he isn’t going to run, at least not this time.
The chances of Weld winning the GOP nomination away from Trump is slight and probably a waste of time and money, but then some people have grandiose perceptions of themselves.
One thing is certain and that is, if you thought the 2016 election was a political circus, just wait until next January when the 2020 circus heats up.
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