Listen: Bill Weld launches GOP primary bid against Trump
"Lead the former two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts Bill weld is here with me live in studio. And Mr. weld has something to announce governor jacomb announcing that I'm running for president of the United States as a Republican against President Trump in twenty twenty. So you're hoping to take him on in the primaries in the primary. So I I really think if we have six more years of the same stuff we've had out of the White House the last two years that would be a political tragedy, and I would fear for the Republic. So I would be ashamed of myself. If I didn't raise my hand and run so his Rian President Trump's reelection campaign just announced that they've raised thirty million dollars in the first quarter. The Republican party is has been reshaped to meet President Trump's desires, he has the support within the party nearly ninety percent. Do you really think you can defeat him? I do I've done it before. And particularly in New Hampshire where I'm spending a lot of time. It's one. One vote at a time and one voter at a time, and you got to meet him. But you know, what we have now is the president who mocks the rule of law. I spent seven years in the Justice department, try to keep the politics out of law enforcement. He's trying to put it in a president. Who says we don't need a free press who says the climate change is a complete hoax. He's not paying attention. I doubt very much. He's made a study of any of those issues, but he seems to have difficulty in my opinion. And I was a prosecutor for quite a while. He has difficulty conforming his conduct to the requirements of law. That's a that's a serious matter in the Oval Office. So just in in terms of your political strategy, you want to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire. And that's the New Hampshire is a state where their independence can vote their primary crossover primary New Hampshire really all six New England states, the mid Atlantic states, California, Oregon, Washington, very receptive territory. The president's not well liked in California, the inter mountain west where I spent a lot of time in the last. Cycle. No one. It'd be a national national campaign. The twenty states do permit that crossover voting which is more than a beachhead. So I'm very much looking forward to the campaign. Anyone wants to be helpful well, twenty twenty dot org. Well, twenty twenty or the Muller report you talked about youth served in the Justice department. You know, Bob Mueller was my deputy in the Justice department. He's the straightest guy I've ever met wonderful human being very thorough. Very great prosecutor. So how how much do you think of his report that we're told is going to be released to the public into congress Thursday morning? How much do you think can be redacted and still be a credible presentation to congress in the phone piece of cake? Oh, you really have to do is redact the classified information and needlessly derogatory personal material. But that's that's not a great labor. I mean, I think the whole report should be made public. So so that everybody can see not just a two committees of congress, but the American public. Can see they've paid for it. The president says he's been exonerated on these allegations of conspiracy with Russia, and that you can't obstruct a crime that hasn't took taken place, which obviously the attorney general Bill bar agrees with to a degree. We know Democrats in the House Judiciary committee and elsewhere are going to keep investigating. What's your take on the obstruction of Justice charge and the president's claim that he's been exonerated? No. I'm not I'm not really buying that. And if I were the president United States, and I've been found not guilty of one of twenty charges that could have been levied against me. I'm not sure I'd be holding a press conference to celebrate that what what do you make of the obstruction charge in the Miller report? You know, I don't I don't think the juries come back on that one. But there's plenty of other potential witness tampering, obstruction, possibilities arising out of all the Manafort and Michael Cohen material that has nothing to do with the Muller report. Let me give you the criticism that I think you're gonna face. You are a Republican from a different era in American history. You are a moderate Republican you were the Massachusetts Governor you're able to work with Democrats represented precisely country club. Oh, no, no, no Republican who works across the aisle and gets things done. I was reelected with seventy one percent of the vote because I brought everybody in. I would have a bipartisan cabinet if I get to sixteen hundred Pennsylvania Avenue, and you know, I'm an economic conservative. I was voted the most confiscatory conservative governor in the United States by the Wall Street Journal and the Cato Institute, I cut spending year over Donald Trump is not an economic conservative. He doesn't even pretend to be. And you know, it's the country deserves to have some fiscal restraint and conservatism and cutting spending in Washington DC right now all the really is coming out of Washington is divisiveness in both parties are responsible for that. But the grand the grand of that is the president himself. I never seen such bitterness in this country. If you don't win the nomination are you going to run as an independent? No, no, I don't think. So, but I could not support Donald Trump for president. I'm not saying. I would never endorse a democrat in this race. But I I could"