WMUR: Republican Walsh, challenging Trump, files for NH primary ballot
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, challenging President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, filed for the New Hampshire primary ballot Thursday, calling the president unfit for office.
Walsh’s filing followed another insurgent Republican who filed Wednesday to be on the primary ballot, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. A third Republican challenger, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, dropped out of the race on Wednesday.
A former Trump supporter, Walsh has become increasingly critical of the president, and said Thursday that Trump is “a clear and present danger to the country.”
"He’s going to be impeached. He deserves to be impeached,” Walsh said.
“This isn’t about any issue. I wouldn’t think about doing this if it wasn’t Donald Trump. He is a danger to this country. We have to do better.”
Walsh said that the nation’s infrastructure “is falling apart,” while “the border is a mess, the debt is – nothing will get done as long as Trump is president. That’s why I’m in this.”
Walsh, 57, was elected to the House in 2010 and served one term. He has since become a talk radio host.
Walsh said Republicans and independents tell him that they like some of Trump’s policies, but, according to Walsh, they tell him: “Man, I’m sick of it and I don’t want to go through four more years. What am I going to do? The Democrats are socialists, Joe, so what am I going to do?”
“I hear that over and over from voters,” he said.
"I think privately, even most Republicans agree privately with what I say about Trump publicly. They just don’t have or see another alternative.”
He said his message to Republicans is: “Do you want four more years of this guy tweeting all this crazy crap? Or do you want to get things done. I think there’s an opportunity here to do really well.”
“I think Republican voters are sick and tired of what he’s doing. They just want to know if there’s an alternative.”
Walsh said he's not trying to be a "savior."
"I wish there were other Republicans challenging this president because he is a danger to this country. But it's going to take a few more like me to stick our neck out and then I think more will come out as well."