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PoliticsEXCLUSIVE: Joe Walsh announces GOP primary challenge against Trump

16:45  25 august  2019
16:45  25 august  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh says he is “strongly, strongly considering” launching a presidential bid to challenge Trump in 2020. JOHN BERMAN: Are you running against [President Trump ?] JOE WALSH : I’m strongly, strongly considering it. I’m not trying to be cute or coy, If somebody’s going to

Conservative firebrand former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh announced Sunday in an exclusive interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" that he's launching a long-shot Republican presidential primary challenge against President Donald Trump.

EXCLUSIVE: Joe Walsh announces GOP primary challenge against Trump© Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc./Getty Images Former Rep. Joe Walsh, speaks at a news conference with other House republicans in the Capitol Visitor Center on the topics of a proposed balanced budget amendment and also the ongoing debt ceiling talks, July 14, 2011.

"I'm going to run for president," Walsh told Stephanopoulos on Sunday in an exclusive interview.

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CNN – Former Illinois GOP Rep. Joe Walsh , who has been publicly mulling a 2020 primary challenge to President Donald Trump , said he is "strongly, strongly considering" entering the race. Former Illinois GOP Rep.

The former Illinois congressman-turned-radio host was once a fervent Trump supporter who's become a fierce critic of the president. Walsh is just the second Republican to jump into the primary behind former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who announced back in April but has yet to gain serious traction.

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Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told ABC News a dismissive one-word response to Walsh jumping into the race: "Whatever."

Walsh has acknowledged there's little chance his candidacy will result in Trump losing the party nomination, and he is instead focused on offering GOP voters an alternative vision for the party.

While he has argued that he plans to make the moral case for his candidacy, the former Tea Party congressman has a history filled with incendiary and controversial statements ranging from using racist slurs on Twitter to promoting falsehoods around former President Barack Obama's birth certificate and that he's Muslim.

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Joe Walsh is weighing a presidential run and will make a final decision in September, he told the Chicago Tribune. Walsh said he was using the Times megaphone to call on someone in the GOP to step up and run against Trump . But it also served as a mea culpa of sorts to the public.

WASHINGTON - Joe Walsh , a pugnacious former congressman, is preparing a Republican primary challenge to President Trump that he previewed as Jeff Flake, a former Arizona senator and Trump antagonist, said he has taken a flurry of recruitment calls in recent days from GOP donors rattled by

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Walsh only served one term in Congress, but his candidacy does perhaps bring a more current figure from conservative circles into the long-shot picture compared to Weld, who last held public office over 20 years ago. Walsh's nationally syndicated radio show and large online following arguably kept him more relevant.

The Trump administration's latest actions around trade and the economy along with what Walsh's team calls an "incredible reaction" and flood of support to an op-ed Walsh published in the New York Times last week is what pushed the conservative radio host to jump into the race.

Walsh's team says he is set to travel to and spend "a lot of time" in the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire in the coming weeks.

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