Mark Sanford, seen in this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, a 2020 primary challenge to President Trump. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
Ask Mark Sanford, if all the Republicans to knock off President of the Trump in the Republican primaries, and he’ll give you an honest answer.
“I have to be always so real, and I don’t think anyone is beating Donald Trump. This is my personal opinion”, the former South Carolina Governor and Congressman said in an interview Monday with Fox News.
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But Sanford, last week it was announced 30 days to decide whether to launch a primary challenge against the President, said that if he is not running, the displacement of the President. At least, not completely.
“I think it is to try to force a larger, national debate and a debate within the Republican circles,” he said.
This debate, for Sanford, focuses on the state debt, which stands now at about $22 trillion U.S. dollars.
Sanford warned that we are “spending to walk our path in the direction of the most predictable financial crisis in the history of our country, if we don’t do something about the state of the Problem. It is profound.”
And the longtime deficit hawk, predicted that “we put us for a real fall that will hurt, our pension, our savings, our jobs and our way of life.”
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Sanford ‘ s mission, if he is launching a primary bid, is spending the GOP back to fiscal issues concerning the national debt and exploding state.
“The idea of the financial reason, the idea of financial prudence, was a lynchpin of the conservative movement and by extension the Republican party,“ he said. “That has been lost in the last time.”
And, he noted, “I was just listening to speechless to Rush Limbaugh’s comments over the weekend that deficits are not important. It is something that we have to get back.”
Asked what his decisive factors in the introduction a Central challenge in Sanford listed viability.
“Energy, resources, and people that come my way or not, will tell me a lot of how viable such a run. And by viable, I mean not necessarily the beat of the President, but, I mean, to get viable terms, a voice and a message there that I think needs to be heard,” he said.
And he argued: “we need to carry on a conversation as the Republicans about what we are.”
In a party dominated by Trump, such ideas are welcome words, especially in his home state.
After Sanford announced he was mulling a primary challenge to South Carolina’s GOP Chairman, Drew McKissick replied “the last time, Mark Sanford had an idea so stupid, he killed his lieutenancy….That makes about as much sense as the journey on the Appalachian Trail.”
The ‘Appalachian Trail’ is a reference to Sanford’s original apology where he was during 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, was as an early leading candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
But politics is full of second chances and the former Governor his old congressional again won the seat in a 2013 special election. He won re-election in 2014 and 2016. But Sanford, a vocal Trump critics, was directed by the President in his 2018 re-election and lost a primary challenge to a pro-Trump candidate.
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Asked whether his possible primary challenge against the President is not to take revenge for their 2018 loss, Sanford quickly replied: “Absolutely.”
Sanford noted that he had pushed the “send it back” – chants in the case of a Trump rally in North Carolina last week, were aimed at the democratic Republic of Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota, who is the President days earlier, on Twitter, to repair back to your home country, things and back to show “us how it is done.” Democrats and even some Republicans called the tweet racist.
After the condemnation of the chants, in consequence of the resulting criticism, Trump later, the amount of “Patriotic” and the resumption of his attacks on Omar and three other liberal freshman women in the Congress were known as ‘the team shouted.’
Sanford said the chorale “a long way from what we all experience when we go to Church on Sunday, the ‘we love God with all our heart, soul, and spirit, we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.'”
“It is in contradiction with what the good book says, on that front,” he added.
Sanford said it is likely that he will then visit in Iowa and New Hampshire – the States that kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar – during his 30-day listening tour. And he has noticed that he is already in contact with the conservative Bill Kristol, one of the leaders of the “will Never trump” movement.
If he runs, Sanford a challenge to the President together with the former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld in the primary school.
Sanford praised by welding, to say: “I admire his courage. I admire that he was willing to step out on the ice first, while no one else was even thinking about it.”
Welding, campaigning in New Hampshire on Monday, told Fox News that Sanford “could be a real factor in the southern States, either in the primary or running as a favorite son in the General election. I think he could certainly deny it, Mr Trump enough votes in these States to win so that Mr Trump will have a hard time the these States.”
He welcomed a possible Sanford-campaign, emphasized that “the more people come, it makes it seem more like a real primary, harder for the President to duck debates.”