The Unseriousness of President Trump's Primary Challengers

From left, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are introduced before the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

We noted, last April, that former Governor William Weld (R-MA), the 2016 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential nominee, was going to run in the Republican primaries against President Donald Trump. Now Mr Weld informs us that he isn’t a Republican at all:

Weld: I’d vote for Biden ‘in a heartbeat’ against Trump

By Hunter Woodall | October 24, 2019

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — One of President Donald Trump’s Republican challengers says he’d vote for Joe Biden “in a heartbeat” against Trump in the 2020 general election.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld says, “Could I vote for a Democrat? Hell yes. If it’s Trump against Joe Biden, I’m with Biden in a heartbeat.”

Weld’s comments came during an appearance at the CITIZEN by CNN conference. He was joined onstage by former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford and former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh. They are also seeking the Republican presidential nomination against Trump.

Weld says he’d never support Trump “for any office under any circumstances” but could “very well” support a third-party candidate.

There’s more at the original, but, to summarize, former Governor and Representative Mark Sanford (R-SC) and former Representative Joe Walsh (R-IL) were with Mr Weld on the stage, saying nice things about both Mr Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

I noted, in my previous article on Mr Weld:

But, other than disliking President Trump, I do not know for what Mr Weld stands, because his campaign website has no issues page at all. In fact, it has no listed pages, other than the home page, which is simply seeking campaign contributions, at least as of 8:35 PM EDT (on April 15, 2019).

Please, Mr Weld, let me know when you’ve gotten serious about this.

And he still hasn’t gotten serious: today, October 24, 2019, as of 8:25 PM EDT, his campaign website still has no issues page. We know that he’s against Donald Trump, but what does he support?

The most recent Gallup Poll, conducted between October 1st and 13th, has President Trump with an 87% job approval rating amongst Republicans; none of Mr Trump’s three primary challengers has a snowball’s chance.

Mr Sanford decided to hold a campaign rally eight days ago in the City of Brotherly Love. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that one person showed up.

The bell in the Independence Hall tower rang at 9 a.m., and Mark Sanford took a deep breath. He grabbed a giant check for “one trillion dollars,” stood next to a tiny wooden lectern, and asked me if I was ready for him to kick off a news conference announcing his bid to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

It didn’t really feel like a news conference. I was the only reporter there.

And when it began, the only others around besides his two aides were a family 30 yards away with a selfie stick and a group of students from Paris who wanted to know why he had such a big check. (Answer: It represented the burden of the national debt.)

The former South Carolina congressman and governor — perhaps best known for disappearing from office for six days in 2009 to visit a paramour in Argentina — launched his long-long-long-shot presidential campaign Wednesday in a gloomy Philadelphia. The launch also served to kick off his “Kids, We’re Bankrupt and We Didn’t Even Know It” tour — a 3,500-mile, weeklong road trip he hopes will “spark a needed conversation” within the Republican Party about spending and debt. He was set to make stops later Wednesday in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

That “conversation” isn’t going to get sparked, though, without some attention. Besides me, news conference attendees included two photographers — including an Inquirer photographer — and a 6ABC cameraman who showed up briefly. (“I’ll talk to about 250,000 people in just a second,” Sanford said to me as the cameraman approached with his tripod.) No other local TV station showed up to the kickoff spot, even though Fox 29′s studio is a block away. CBS3 and NBC10′s studios were within two miles of Sanford’s news conference.

Like Mr Weld’s website, I could not find an issues page on the campaign website for Mr Walsh. There is one on Mr Sanford’s website, so at least he’s on the ball, but on the ball with zero supporters. 🙂

Of course, they all had very prominent Donations pages!

No wonder Sarah Longwell is pining for Mitt Romney; at least she recognizes that these three clowns don’t have it.
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