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CONCORD, NH – Mark Sanford, says he, should you decide to take the day of work, when he goes to mount what he has conceded would be a “long-shot” – GOP primary bid against President Trump.
The former South Carolina Governor and Congressman announced last month that it would take around 30 days to test the water before you decide on whether to pursue the Republican presidential nomination.
“I gave me a month and I’m up to the deadline,” Sanford said on Wednesday, as he sat down for an interview with Fox News in New Hampshire, which holds the first presidential primary, in the race for the White house.
Former South Carolina Governor and Congressman Mark Sanford to sit for an interview during a stop in Concord, N. H., on Tuesday.
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The trip was Sanford’s first to one of the early voting States in the primary and caucus nomination calendar as he considers, whether for the presidency or maybe the form of a think tank fiscal year dedicated to conservatism.
“The people are politically said aware of here,” Sanford. “More than any other state … this is a condition in which you go a down-to-earth opinion, really quickly on a good idea, bad idea, no-go.”
One way or another, the goal of the long-time deficit hawk, the explosion of government spending and a ballooning national debt a conversation in the presidential campaign.
“I think we need to have a conversation as the Republicans about what it means to be a Republican,” Sanford explains. “One of the cornerstones of the Republican party was historically seen, we spend beyond our means? We believe in some level of financial reason? And that seems to have gone out of the window late.”
Sanford warned that “we are in the process of the train from the rails on the debt, the spending, and the accumulation of deficits. And if we don’t speak on all, as Americans and as Republicans, we’re going to pay the price.”
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Note on plans with hefty price-tags proposed by the two dozen Democrats running for the White house, Sanford said: “there is something wrong with a robust debate on the democratic side, where it is simply a debate, the more against more against more against more, nobody is concerned about who will pay for it-and no debate takes place, on the Republican side.”
Sanford, a trump card to the critics, criticized the President failed to take measures to curb the debt.
“It’s not a problem that he speak with the microphone, how profound the challenge is to hurt him as he is, each one of us, if we don’t do something about it,” Sanford argued. “He is excluded, the action on the things that drive our debt and spending. It is irresponsible.”
Sanford’s visit came a day before the trump card is his first campaign event in New Hampshire – it is a key general-election battleground state since the eve of the election in 2016.
Trump enjoys strong support among granite state Republicans. The latest findings: a new survey this week by the University of New Hampshire, Trump published with 82 percent approval score among the Republicans.
Asked if he thinks he can pull off a primary upset – or when he would get only to spotlight fiscal conservatism – Sanford said: “you try to do both. Your immediate goal is, can you make an impact? You can help shape the debate? You can effect some degree of educational? And, your second, longer-term objective of the process, can you win?”
But, he admitted, “I think you recognise up front that it is shot in a long time.”
Sanford spent his day in a sitting position for a few selected media interviews and meetings with Republican veterans of the state presidential primary. Among them, former state party, the former attorney General Tom Rath, a top adviser to then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the 2016 presidential campaign, and former state GOP chair Fergus Cullen, one of the leaders of the “Never-trump” movement in New Hampshire.
There is already a Republican challenge trump in the primaries, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. He has near-weekly trips to New Hampshire since February, also announced his candidacy in April. But he has failed until today to make a dent in the polls.
Asked how he could succeed where welding, Sanford replied, “that would be the test of time.”
Welding, such as the former Governor of a neighboring state, has some notoriety in New Hampshire. If Sanford is known at all in New Hampshire, it is for the “Appalachian Trail”.
This is a reference to Sanford’s original excuse for a weeklong disappearance in June 2009. It was later discovered that Sanford was out of the country, having an affair with an Argentine woman. The result ended his marriage and derailed the political career of a popular two-term Governor who was seen as an early leading candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
But politics is full of second chances, and the former Governor won back his old congressional seat in a 2013 special election. He won re-election in 2014 and 2016. Still, Sanford, vocal Trump critics, was directed by the President in his 2018 re-election and lost a primary challenge to a pro-Trump candidate.
Asked whether his possible primary challenge against the President’s revenge for his 2018-loss, Sanford said no.
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But, he has to aim, back at Trump over the President.
“For all the credits and plus points, the President may have, he has charged serious disadvantages in terms of tone,” Sanford. “And you can’t. the role of the schoolyard to play bully and expect people to follow you Leadership in principle, time is not on the division, and, as we found, contrast-points, but it comes to Integration and ways to work together.”