Former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois (left) and Former Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts (right) Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Images; Gage Skidmore; Samantha Lee/Business Insider
On Tuesday, September 24, Business Insider Today will host two of the Republican presidential candidates challenging President Donald Trump in the 2020 GOP presidential primary.
Former Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts and former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois will debate at Business Insider’s New York City headquarters representing two distinct wings of the Republican Party as it existed before Trump’s election in 2016.
Trump himself declined our invitation to participate, as did former governor and congressman Mark Sanford of South Carolina, the other candidate challenging Trump in the GOP primary.
The debate will run from 7 PM to 8:30 PM EST on September 24, and will be exclusively live-streamed on Business Insider Today’s Facebook Watch page and BusinessInsider.com.
None of these primary challenges have much of a chance of actually succeeding. Trump currently holds an 88% Gallup approval rating within the Republican party, he already has the backing of the RNC, and at least four states are canceling their GOP primaries altogether.
But if Trump’s challengers make a splash and engage him in a nasty intra-party fight, it could weaken him going into the general election.