Aug. 25, 2019 - Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) Announces Candidacy 

• Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who was elected with support of the Tea Party in 2010 and served one term and who more recently has worked as a conservative radio host, entered the race on Aug. 25.

Aug. 25, 2019 Video "Joe Walsh 2020: Be Brave" 2m20s

Walsh: When I first started thinking about running for president—talking to my family, close friends, people I trust—I started hearing about all the things I needed to do to test the waters.  Start an exploratory committee, hire a speechwriter, get an image consultant—all the practical steps that conventional candidates take.  But these are not conventional times; these are urgent times.

Let's be real.   These are scary times.  So the hell with all those conventional things.  Today I'm declaring my candidacy for President of the United States because it's time, it's time to be brave.

We have someone in the White House who we all know is unfit, someone who lies virtually every time he opens his mouth, and someone who places his own interests above the nation's interest at every single turn.  We cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump.  No way.

What cannot wait is all of us having the courage to finally say publicly what we all know privately,

We're tired.  We're tired of a president waking up every morning and tweeting ugly insults at ordinary Americans.  We're tired of a president who sides with Putin against our own intelligence community.  We're tired of a president who thinks he's above the law.  We're tired of a president who's tweeting this country into a recession.  And we're tired, we're so d***ed tired of a president who is teaching millions of American children every day that it's okay to lie and it's okay to be a bully.


My name is Joe Walsh.  I'm a former Republican congresssman.  I'm a conservative.  I'm running because Donald Trump is not who we are.  In fact, he's the worst of who we are.

Sure Trump and his people are going to attack us.  That's going to happen.  It won't be easy.  But you know bravery is never easy.  So let'ts make a statement.  Go to  Tell the world that you're ready to be brave.