Bill Clinton's Mexico Ambassador to Challenge Trump for GOP Nomination
Finally, the Bulwark, Pierre Omidyar and Max Boot have their perfect anti-Trump candidate. The surprisingly "blonde" guy who lost to John Kerry. And the V.P. of the guy who lost to Trump on a platform of drugs and socialism.
Weld forms 2020 exploratory committee, defends GOP credentials
His credentials are as real as his hair color.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is taking a major step toward challenging the renomination of President Donald Trump by forming a committee today to explore a Republican primary bid for President in 2020.
In 2016, Weld, 73, was the vice presidential running mate on the Libertarian Party ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson against Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Libertarian Party Veep nominee defends GOP credentials.
Republican State Chairman Stephen Stepanek said Weld will fail to be a credible challenger given his recent party switch.
“Bill Weld was a Republican until he turned his back, became a Libertarian and ran for vice president and he said I’m a Libertarian for life,” Stepanek said.
Weld's promises are good for at least a few months.
Weld said he looks forward to this testing the waters phase and believes it will result in a presidential campaign.
“I think there definitely is a path to victory but you want to test the market a bit. I look forward to talking to a variety of people,” Weld said during a telephone interview with the Union Leader Thursday.
Good luck with that.
As usual, it's not about winning, it's about helping the Democrats win.
“My favorite stat on this score is the last nine times a first-term President has sought reelection, the four who had a primary challenge lost while the five who didn’t have a primary fight won another four-year term,” Weld said.
Democrats Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and Jimmy Carter in 1980 along with Republicans Gerald Ford in 1976 and George H. Bush in 1992 all were challenged in their reelection primaries and did not win a second term.
“I think 2020 could very well make it five to zero,” Weld added.
Weld knows all about zero.
But the last time Bill Clinton's ambassador to Mexico tried to fight a civil war in the GOP, it didn't go so well.
Back in 1997, when President Bill Clinton nominated Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld as his ambassador to Mexico, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms killed his nomination, citing Weld’s abysmal record on drugs.
But Weld characterizes Helms’ stated reasons as a smoke screen. He casts the fight with Helms as a battle for the heart and soul of the GOP. Helms may speak of drugs, says Weld, but he is really concerned over Weld’s moderate positions on issues such as abortion. According to Weld, it is a battle between old-fashioned conservatism and enlightened moderation.
This would be the second time that Mexico cost Weld his political career.
Gov. William F. Weld of Massachusetts plans to resign on Monday so he can devote full attention to his embattled nomination for the post of Ambassador to Mexico, two of his closest advisers said tonight.
Mr. Weld had been weighing whether to leave office for days, and he almost did last week, before his advisers talked him out of it. But he has made no secret of his diminished interest in serving as Governor, and his advisers, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said he had decided that he could not adequately run the state and lobby for his nomination simultaneously.
Win or lose, Mr. Weld recently embarked on an in-your-face crusade for the posting, declaring that he hoped that the President ''does not plan to give in to ideological extortion.'' By speaking out, Mr. Weld's aides contend, the Governor forced the White House to go ahead with nominating him rather than let the matter die. ''I wanted to send a message that I wanted to be captain of my ship even if it's going to bottom,'' Mr. Weld said.
But maybe Weld can burn up some more of Pierre Omidyar's money. And after this, Weld can join the Democratic Socialists of America.