Mark Sanford has just announced he’s running for president in the Republican Primary because America “has lost its way”:
FOX NEWS – Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford announced Sunday that he is running for president as a Republican, becoming the latest to challenge President Trump in the GOP primaries.
Sanford said the Republican Party is facing an identity crisis, and he wants the GOP to take a look at itself and do some soul searching.
“I think we have to have a conversation about what it means to be a Republican,” Sanford told “Fox News Sunday,” claiming the party “has lost our way.”
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.”
Earlier this summer, when Sanford was still deciding whether to run, he admitted, “I don’t think anybody’s going to beat Donald Trump.”
When pressed on why he is running a race that he knows he will likely lose, Sanford said, “this is the beginning of a long walk, but it begins with a first step.”
So he’s acknowledged that no one is going to beat Trump, but he’s running anyway? Yeah, it sounds like to me he wants to damage Trump just like Walsh.
If nothing else he’s likely going to split the Never Trump vote with Walsh, which means he stands even less of a chance of winning than if he were the sole candidate.
I doubt Trump will see any of these challenges as serious, meaning he probably won’t go out of his way to campaign for them. But I guess we’ll see.