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Published: Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 3:54 PM
Updated: Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 3:54 PM
— Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld in February 2019 became the first Republican to announce plans to challenge President Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.
Weld, 73, announced that he’d formed a presidential exploratory committee on Feb. 15, 2019, a move that enabled him to raise money for a White House run.
"We cannot sit passively as our precious democracy slips quietly into the darkness," Weld said in his announcement, according to The Washington Post. "Congress must do its duty, and as citizens we must do ours."
"It is time for all people of good will to take a stand and plant a flag...It's for this reason that I have today established an Exploratory Committee to pursue the possibility for my running for the Presidency of the United States as a Republican in the 2020 election." pic.twitter.com/LUrsyyo1fP— Gov. Bill Weld (@GovBillWeld) February 15, 2019