Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump

Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE, the first Republican to mount a primary campaign against President Trump, said on Sunday that he's "thrilled" more Republicans are joining the 2020 race.

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) announced his presidential campaign Sunday, and former Rep. Mark SanfordMark SanfordMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire Sanford: 'It carries real weight' to speak against Trump 'while in office' MORE (R-S.C.) has been mulling a potential White House bid. 

"I'm thrilled about Joe Walsh and Mark Sanford getting in, I think that's terrific," Weld said on NBC's "Meet the Press." 

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Weld said that more GOP candidates will lead to a "more robust conversation" that he said would benefit the country. 

"And who knows? The networks might even cover a Republican primary debate," he said. 

Weld also encouraged more Republicans to launch a primary campaign against the president. 

"We need to assemble rational people. Sure a crazed president makes the stock market go down, but that doesn't mean we have to like it," Weld said.

Weld, citing former White House adviser Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonJury set to begin deliberating in Stone trial The Hill's Morning Report - Diplomats kick off public evidence about Trump, Ukraine Bannon: Pelosi's impeachment strategy 'actually quite brilliant' MORE, said Trump's vision for a second term would mean "four years of unadulterated, unrequited payback."

"Pay back for what? It's another example of his extreme, malignant narcissism. He's only happy when other people are losing," Weld said. 

Trump, however, still has the overwhelming support from his party. A RealClearPolitics average has Trump polling at 81.3 percent. Weld has just 9.3 percent of GOP support, based on the average of recent polls.