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Now Officially Challenging Trump, Weld Hits New Hampshire Diners04:28
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Now that he's officially launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld spent Tuesday campaigning in New Hampshire.

To kick off his challenge against President Trump, Weld toured some of the state's classic diners, in Manchester and Nashua.

For now, Weld is the only Republican challenging Trump. He's hoping the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary can help launch his long-shot bid.

“New Hampshire is a force multiplier," he said Tuesday. "If you do well in the New Hampshire primary, that creates a kaboom effect on everything that comes after it.”

Weld will be hard-pressed to run a competitive national campaign against Trump, who raised $30 million in the last quarter and who has the solid support of Republicans across the country.

But Weld — who left the party to become the Libertarian vice presidential nominee in 2016, and then returned to the GOP earlier this year — is hoping that New Hampshire can help him even those odds.

This segment aired on April 17, 2019.

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