Can #NeverTrump GOP Presidential Wannabe Joe Walsh Run on Deficit Reduction and Win?

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One-term Tea Party congressman and current political talk show host Joe Walsh announced Monday that he will challenge President Donald Trump in the Republican primaries. The policy component of Walsh’s pitch is about debt, deficits, and tariffs, though the main thrust is about Trump’s deficient character and fitness. So, uh, about that.

Well, now Walsh confesses that “I said some ugly things about President Obama that I regret,” and that “I think that helped create Trump.” Can a reformed blowhard make a dent in the unreformed fella sitting in the Oval Office? So begins today’s Editors Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, feauring Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch.

The gang also discusses the rest of the #NeverTrump primary field, the president’s latest trade bleatings, the chaotic G7 meeting in France, the Amazon forest fires, the passing of David Koch, and plenty besides.

Audio production by Ian Keyser.

Relevant links from the show:

The 2020 Race Is Completely Unpredictable Because Politicians Are Awful,” by Nick Gillespie

Mark Sanford Gives Himself Two Weeks to Decide if He Wants to Be Trump Roadkill,” by Matt Welch

Bill Weld Raises a Pathetic $688,000 in Second Quarter,” by Matt Welch

Donald Trump, Scaredy-Cat,” by Matt Welch

Don’t Be Fooled by Polls Showing GOP Interest in Challenging Trump,” by Matt Welch

Trump Announces Higher Tariffs. At Least He Called Them ‘Taxes.’” By Eric Boehm

As Trade War Escalates, Trump Has Impotently ‘Ordered’ American Businesses Out of China,” by Eric Boehm

The Trade War Is Going So Well That Trump Might Bail Out Apple,” by Eric Boehm

Don’t Panic: Amazon Burning Is Mostly Farms, Not Forests,” by Ronald Bailey

Elizabeth Warren’s Plans Don’t Add Up,” by Peter Suderman

David Koch, R.I.P.,” by Brian Doherty

The Libertarian Life and Legacy of David Koch,” by Nick Gillespie

Media Notices Bernie’s Nonsense Conspiracies When They’re About Media,” by Matt Welch

Charles Koch, George Soros Help Fund Think Tank Opposed To ‘Endless War,’” by Nick Gillespie

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