Weld officially challenging Trump in Republican primary

BOSTON — Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld today announced plans to run for president in the 2020 Republican primary.

“Ours is a nation built on courage, resilience, and independence. In these times of great political strife, when both major parties are entrenched in their “win at all cost” battles, the voices of the American people are being ignored and our nation is suffering.

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,” Weld said.

In the months ahead Weld will go directly to the American people to talk about their concerns, priorities, and dreams – both for themselves and for their children. He will share his vision of an America that lifts up all people, that unlocks the potential of every student, every small business owner, and every American worker.

Appointed U.S. Attorney by President Ronald Reagan, Bill Weld knows that America can still be that “shining city on a hill.”

Weld believes that we must preserve the democratic institutions of our Republic: the rule of law, a free and open press, and America’s global leadership in maintaining a freer, safer world.

He believes transparency is the cornerstone of accountability, that freedom dies in darkness, and that government must serve the people, not the politicians.

Weld is uniquely qualified to serve the American people as president. He has an unblemished record of service and leadership. In addition to seven years in the Department of Justice, he served two terms as governor in Massachusetts, where he was reelected by the largest margin in state history. He cut taxes 21 times, never raised them, balanced the budget, and oversaw six upgrades in the state’s bond rating. He signed landmark welfare reform, established public education standards, and was a trailblazer as an early proponent for LGBT civil rights.

He was ranked the most fiscally conservative governor in the country by the Cato Institute and the Wall Street Journal.

Weld was born in Smithtown, New York. He is a graduate of Harvard College summa cum laude, studied international economics at University College, Oxford, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School cum laude. Bill is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the InterAction Council, an organization of former heads of state who meet around the world and issue annual reports on international issues of transcendent importance such as nuclear proliferation, religious sectarianism, and food and water. He served by Presidential appointment on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

He and his wife, Leslie, live in Canton, Massachusetts. They have eight children and eight grandchildren.