Republican Announces Primary Challenge to President Trump, Another Possible Challenger Heads to Iowa

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 05: Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., makes his way to the Capitol after being sworn into the 112th Congress. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, a radio talk show host,  announced Sunday that he will run in the Republican primary against President Donald Trump and also apologized for past racist comments.

“I said some ugly things about President Obama that I regret,” Walsh said during an interview with ABC News. Walsh previously claimed Obama was a Muslim, wasn’t born in the United States and tweeted that “he was held to a lower standard cuz he was black.”

Polls show that Trump, who has failed to raised his national standing with voters, does remain popular with Republicans. A Politico/Morning Consult poll shows that 54% of registered Republicans national strongly approve of President Trump’s job performance with another 31% somewhat approving. 

Walsh sharply criticized Trump during his Sunday interview. “He’s nuts, he’s erratic, he’s cruel, he stokes bigotry,” Walsh said.

Channel 13 News is not aware of any travel plans to Iowa for Walsh. However, another potential Republican challenger is headed to Iowa this week. Former South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford, who is exploring a presidential run, will travel to Iowa on Wednesday.

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