Joe Walsh 'Strongly Considering' Launching GOP Primary Challenge

Clay Curtis
August 23, 2019

Former Rep. Joe Walsh says he is likely to mount a primary challenge against President Donald Trump in the coming days, an uphill bid for the nomination with Republican leaders and the party's base firmly behind the president.

Trump's approval rating for his handling of the economy remains...not 46%, but every other issue sees him lagging below 40%. While he voted for Trump in 2016, Walsh has since become publicly critical of the president, recently writing an op-ed in The New York Times in which he called Trump a "racial arsonist who encourages bigotry and xenophobia to rouse his base and advance his electoral prospects".

"If I do it, it's going to be before Labor Day", he said.

Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh, when asked by the Times for comment, replied with two words: "Certain failure".

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Currently, only former MA governor Bill Weld has officially declared he is running for the Republican nomination for president.

"He has a different appeal than Bill Weld", William Kristol said. "I have yet to hear any potential Republican make that case". More importantly, Walsh said, was Trump's inconsistent relationship with the truth.

Walsh said his possible presidential run would take aim at Trump's character, launching attacks that Walsh said other Republicans would not make.

But those encouraging Mr. Walsh, a Tea Party conservative who served one term in the House and went from staunch Trump supporter to acerbic critic, hope he can appeal to reluctant Trump voters who are open to an alternative. If he gets from 8% up to 20% in this election, I think the game is over in places like Wisconsin and MI.

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