According to The Post and Courier, former South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford may mount a primary challenge against President Trump. Sanford told the paper he’s going to take the next month to decide if he wants to jump in the race.
“Sometimes in life you’ve got to say what you’ve got to say, whether there’s an audience or not for that message,” Sanford said. “I feel convicted.”
Sanford cites concerns over the mounting national debt and wasteful government spending as the primary reason he’s thinking of running.
From the Post and Courier:
Since leaving office in January, Sanford said he has been privately mulling whether to run for the nation’s highest office. He described the internal debate as a drumbeat that never went away.
“I’m a Republican. I think the Republican Party has lost its way on debt, spending and financial matters,” he said.
Sanford conceded he had been waiting to see if any other high-profile Republicans, such as former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, would primary the president.
If he finds a presidential run is not viable, Sanford said he might pursue setting up a think tank aimed at addressing the deficit. Sanford also said he has no interest in running for Charleston’s congressional seat, a post he held from 1995 to 2001, and again from 2013 until 2018.
Sanford left office in January and has had issues with Trump for quite some time. Reportedly, the President made fun of the congressman’s loss in a closed door meeting and ridiculed him at campaign rally stops.
If Sandford runs, he’s already got the support of Rep. Justin Amash, who recently left the GOP.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 16, 2019