Republican Mark Sanford to challenge Trump in GOP presidential primary

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford throws up his arms after casting his vote in the special election runoff with Elizabeth Colbert Busch for a seat in the 1st Congressional District May 7, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford throws up his arms after casting his vote in the special election runoff with Elizabeth Colbert Busch for a seat in the 1st Congressional District May 7, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Former South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford is planning a long shot GOP primary challenge against President Donald Trump.

"I had planned to announce that back home this week. We had a hurricane come visit us on the coast of South Carolina so that sort of disrupted plans on that front," Sanford said in an interview with host Chris Wallace. "But I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in."

“I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican,” he said.

Sanford told Wallace several issues prompted him to jump into the race.

"I am compelled to enter the presidential primary as a Republican for several reasons – the most important of which is to further and foster a national debate on our nation's debt, deficits and spending," he said.

Sanford is the third person to announce a primary challenge against Trump behind former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld and former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh.

Sanford is a former South Carolina congressman and governor. He lost his reelection bid for his congressional seat in 2018.

He is also famously known for an affair while governor when he told aides he was hiking the Appalachian Trail but was secretly meeting with his girlfriend in Argentina.

 

 

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