William F. Weld, the maverick former governor of Massachusetts, announced on Friday that he would form an exploratory committee to challenge President Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 nomination, presenting himself as a dissident voice in a political party that has abandoned its mainstream roots.
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Mr. Weld, 73, is the first Republican to announce he will run against the president. But Mr. Weld is unlikely to pose a major threat to Mr. Trump and he is in some ways an incongruous figure to leap into the presidential fray. Mr. Weld is a moderate Republican who ran for vice president in 2016 on the Libertarian ticket. His candidacy might be more of an act of protest than a conventional national campaign.
But appearing in New Hampshire, Mr. Weld called it a moral duty to stand against “the hard heart, closed mind and clenched fist of nativism and nationalism.”
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“I hope to see the Republican Party assume once again the mantle of being the party of Lincoln,” Mr. Weld said, according to video posted by the news station WCVB. “It upsets me that our energies as a society are being sapped by the president’s culture of divisiveness of Washington.”
He continued: “We cannot sit passively as our precious democracy slips quietly into darkness.”
Mr. Weld had made little secret in recent months of his interest in challenging Mr. Trump in 2020, either by running for the Libertarian Party’s nomination or by contesting the Republican presidential primaries. He met repeatedly with Republicans organizing opposition to the president, and earlier this month he was reported to have changed his voter registration back to Republican.
Mr. Weld then backed Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican primaries, before defecting to the Libertarian Party to become the running mate of Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico. The two won a little over 3 percent of the vote.
Mr. Weld explained his decision to run that year as a function of his horror over Mr. Trump’s candidacy, comparing Mr. Trump’s rhetoric about immigration to “the glass crunching on Kristallnacht in the ghettos of Warsaw and Vienna.”
It is no accident that Mr. Weld unveiled his tentative plan to run for president in New Hampshire, where there is still a sizable community of Republican centrists and independent voters are permitted to vote in partisan primaries.
Mr. Weld has some experience with insurgent presidential primary challenges in New Hampshire. In 1992, as a fresh-faced governor from next door, Mr. Weld campaigned in the state to help President George H.W. Bush turn back a challenge from Pat Buchanan, a hard-right nationalist in the mold of Mr. Trump. Mr. Bush defeated Mr. Buchanan, but the conservative commentator’s showing in New Hampshire helped sustain his activist campaign nationally and hobbled the president’s re-election.
A New Hampshire contest between Mr. Trump and Mr. Weld would effectively reverse the roles from 1992 — with the fire-breathing immigration hawk as president, and the low-key aristocrat as his gadfly challenger.
Cassie Smedile, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, dismissed Mr. Weld and any other challengers who might emerge, citing Mr. Trump’s popularity with Republicans and his “long list of incredible accomplishments for conservatives and the country.”
“The R.N.C. and the Republican Party are firmly behind the president,” she said. “Any effort to challenge the president’s nomination is bound to go absolutely nowhere.”
【肖】【甜】【甜】【双】【手】【抱】【胸】【走】【来】，【在】【唐】【笙】【身】【边】【站】【住】，【好】【看】【的】【眉】【毛】【轻】【轻】【一】【挑】。 “【是】【啊】！”【面】【对】【外】【人】，【小】【兽】【兽】【丝】【毫】【没】【有】【了】【面】【前】【唐】【笙】【那】【般】【可】【爱】【软】【萌】，【盛】【气】【凌】【人】【的】【简】【直】【了】： “【本】【尊】【乃】【是】【万】【物】【使】【者】【的】【守】【护】【神】【兽】，【万】【物】【之】【灵】！【乃】【是】【这】【个】【世】【界】【最】【至】【高】【无】【上】【的】【存】【在】！” 【说】【完】，【似】【乎】【是】【觉】【得】【有】【些】【不】【妥】，【于】【是】【又】【加】【了】【句】：“【当】【然】【了】，【主】【人】【是】【比】
【神】【秘】【空】【间】【内】，【昊】【有】【容】【刚】【将】【大】【朱】【吾】【皇】【放】【置】【在】【藤】【椅】【上】，【他】【便】【迷】【迷】【糊】【糊】【的】【醒】【了】【过】【来】，【挠】【着】【脑】【袋】【说】【道】，“【怎】【么】【又】【回】【到】【这】【里】【了】，【我】【记】【着】【自】【己】【刚】【才】【不】【是】【正】【在】【吸】【收】【昊】【神】【残】【魂】【吗】？” 【说】【到】【这】，【大】【朱】【吾】【皇】【像】【是】【意】【识】【到】【了】【什】【么】，【急】【忙】【闭】【眼】【探】【查】【丹】【田】，【片】【刻】【便】【惊】【呼】【出】【声】，“【有】【一】【座】【莲】【台】【开】【了】，【莲】【台】【开】……【不】【对】，【这】【是】【什】【么】【情】【况】？” 【空】【旷】【无】2017香港历史开奖记录1【皇】【重】【三】【人】【登】【上】【擂】【台】【之】【后】，【互】【相】【看】【了】【一】【眼】，【并】【未】【有】【任】【何】【的】【犹】【豫】，【展】【开】【了】【最】【强】【大】【的】【攻】【击】，【原】【本】【皇】【上】【给】【皇】【重】【的】【命】【令】【是】【可】【以】【败】，【但】【不】【可】【以】【受】【伤】，【此】【时】【却】【完】【全】【的】【将】【皇】【上】【的】【命】【令】【给】【抛】【诸】【脑】【后】，【展】【开】【了】【不】【要】【命】【的】【攻】【击】【方】【式】。 【见】【到】【这】，【擂】【台】【不】【远】【处】【的】【皇】【上】【眼】【神】【逐】【渐】【的】【冷】【漠】【了】【起】【来】，【似】【乎】【是】【想】【到】【了】【什】【么】，【眼】【神】【冰】【冷】【的】【望】【向】【了】【身】【旁】【的】【皇】【主】，
【数】【日】【后】，【一】【道】【身】【着】【白】【衣】【白】【甲】【的】【身】【影】【出】【现】【在】【潼】【城】【城】【头】，【他】【的】【出】【现】【又】【让】【颓】【败】【的】【潼】【城】【守】【军】【再】【次】【点】【燃】【了】【希】【望】【之】【火】。 【萧】【亦】【岚】【创】【造】【了】【无】【数】【传】【说】【的】【人】【物】，【被】【江】【湖】【奉】【若】【神】【明】【的】【存】【在】，【这】【道】【身】【影】【便】【是】【这】【燎】【原】【之】【火】【最】【初】【的】【那】【抹】【火】【光】。 “【师】【兄】！” 【蓄】【了】【胡】【须】【的】【青】【龙】【轻】【声】【唤】【了】【一】【声】【萧】【亦】【岚】。 【宛】【如】【当】【初】【二】【人】【初】【次】【见】【面】【一】【般】，【一】【兄】【一】【弟】
【二】【十】【个】【法】【师】，【十】【个】【狂】【战】【士】，【还】【有】【几】【个】【使】【徒】，【这】【就】【是】【苏】【墨】【舰】【队】【的】【班】【底】。 【不】【是】【他】【不】【想】【找】【更】【多】【的】【人】，【而】【是】【他】【只】【有】【一】【艘】【船】。 【就】【是】【老】【海】【盗】【送】【给】【他】【的】【那】【个】【模】【型】，【如】【果】【想】【要】【继】【续】【搞】【船】【的】【话】，【他】【就】【必】【须】【去】【打】【劫】【海】【盗】【了】。 【所】【以】【他】【给】【了】【那】【些】【拼】【了】【命】【也】【想】【报】【名】【的】【玩】【家】【一】【个】【承】【诺】。 【只】【要】【他】【抢】【到】【足】【够】【多】【的】【战】【舰】，【就】【会】【带】【他】【们】【去】【成】【为】【海】