Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld is the lone Republican who has stepped up to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race. And though his campaign is a long-shot, Weld said on Tuesday morning that he’s focusing on a small upset that he thinks could start a political landslide.
Speaking to CNN, Weld — who led Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997 — said, “My aim is to win the New Hampshire primary, and if that happens, I think all bets are off. That’s never happened.
“It’s true that the five presidents running for re-election who had a primary challenge all lost or dropped out, they didn’t lose the primary, but they all lost for re-election. So history is not on Mr. Trump’s side, but I think this is doable based on what I hear on the ground in New Hampshire. I’m talking to many more voters than Mr. Trump is up there.”
Weld has also said that he “wouldn’t want [Trump’s] demons.” When asked what he meant by that, the former governor explained, “I think Mr. Trump responds to a lot of fear and anger that’s inside his head. In the last month or so, he just has seemed to get less and less tethered to norms of acceptable behavior.”
He added, “I think he has shown less control in the last four to six weeks even than he had before.”
Watch the video below, via CNN:
"My aim is to win the New Hampshire primary and if that happens, I think all bets are off," GOP presidential candidate Bill Weld. "The five presidents running for reelection who had a primary challenge all lost or dropped out… History is not on Mr. Trump's side." pic.twitter.com/QvsIryE6qx
— New Day (@NewDay) August 20, 2019
Weld was the subject of a recent profile in the Washington Post Magazine in which he said, “When my obituary is written, this may be seen as the most important thing I’ve ever done.”
Trump’s campaign manager has said that they expect to spend $1 billion on the 2020 election, but Weld told the Post that he believes “the amount required to do lasting damage to Mr. Trump in New Hampshire is probably not much more than $10 million.”
Unfortunately for Weld, the polls don’t seem to be on his side. He hasn’t come within 70 points of Trump in a national poll since March.