Trump Just Got Another Republican Primary Challenger
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As the 2020 election heats up, Never-Trump Republicans think they have what it takes to take down President Donald Trump before he can even face the Democrats in the general election.
On Sunday, Republican and former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford announced that he would be running for president and would challenge President Donald Trump during the Republican primaries.
"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, but I am here to tell you now, that I am going to get in." he announced.
He started by claiming that the Republican Party was in an identity crisis.
"I think we have to have a conversation about what it means to be a Republican," Sanford said on "Fox News Sunday," adding that the party "has lost our way."
Check out what Fox News reported:
Sanford specifically made reference to the debt, deficit and government spending. Other conservatives expressed concern about these issues when Trump helped Congress pass a spending bill that increases spending caps and suspends the debt ceiling, allowing for more government borrowing until July 31, 2021. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blasted his colleagues at the time, saying it "marks the death of the Tea Party movement in America."
Sanford also challenged Trump's tactics when it comes to trade, saying that engaging the world when it comes to trade is "one of the hallmarks of the Republican Party."
He also brought up political culture, which he said has been "damaged" by Trump.
"We need to have a conversation about humility," Sanford said, blasting Trump's social media habits by claiming that a tweet "is not leadership."
Early in the summer, Sanford discussed potentially running against President Trump but admitted, "I don’t think anybody’s going to beat Donald Trump."
When asked why he was running if he'd lose, Sanford stated that "this is the beginning of a long walk, but it begins with a first step.”
Fox News continues:
Host Chris Wallace grilled Sanford on his own controversies, which include a stretch of nearly a week in 2009 during his term as governor, when he disappeared only to eventually admit that he was in Argentina having an extramarital affair. At the time, his spokesperson said Sanford was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Sanford said he "profoundly apologized for that," contrasting his remorse with Trump, who he said does not apologize for anything. Trump poked fun at Sanford after his scandal was brought to light, but Sanford insisted that his campaign against the president was not personal.
Sanford is now the third Republican to announce a run against Trump in the primaries, with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh previously announcing their campaigns.
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