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Disgraced Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford Announces Primary Challenge to Trump

Disgraced Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford Announces Primary Challenge to Trump

“because I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican”

Earlier this year, I blogged that disgraced former South Carolina governor and former Rep. Mark Sanford (R) was considering a primary challenge to President Trump.  For some reason, he’s decided to go through with it and announced his candidacy on Sunday.

NBC News reports:

Former Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., said on Sunday that he will run for president, giving President Donald Trump another longshot primary challenger.

“I plan to announce that back home this week.,” Sanford told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, adding, “But I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in.”

Sanford is the third Republican to announce a primary challenge to Trump, joining former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. Sanford, who had for months been hinting at a presidential bid, said he is going to run “because I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican.”

He also claims to be concerned about the growing national debt and deficits.

Watch Sanford explain his rationale when Fox News Sunday‘s Chris Wallace asks pointedly why he is running:

Sanford joins former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Rep. Joe Walsh in declared primary challenges to President Trump.


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Because being made a laughing stock once in your life just whets your appetite for more. Apparently.

The GOP without PDT is DOA.
Some of them are still having trouble understanding this fact.

Some would say: All publicity is good publicity. WRONG!!

Don’t go away mad, just go away.

JusticeDelivered | September 8, 2019 at 6:36 pm

Sanford does not appreciate that he is not and can never be Trump.

I live in his district, and I know him pretty well. He‘s an empty-suited idiot, a delusional one at that.

‘Nuff said.

Sanford wants to line his pockets with Never-Trump cash …. maybe he can get another house like Bernie.

Dull, very, very dull. Bill Weld will be envious if Sanford gets better travel and tour arrangements.

For now, Sanford’s only recommendation is Fauxcahantas.

The Pat Paulsen of the Republican Party.

Sanford and Wells will only serve to make Trump look moral and like a legitimate conservative.

Trump won the 2016 nomination by trouncing 16 Republicans. The Party primary voters were clear: the GOPe isn’t up to the job that needs to be done. And, the national electorate agreed.

I thought he was still hiking in Argentina.

    MattMusson in reply to puhiawa. | September 9, 2019 at 6:40 am

    All the Democrats have released videos of themselves dancing. Maybe Sanford we will get a video of Sanford doing the Argentine Tango.

Eastwood Ravine | September 8, 2019 at 7:40 pm

Hard to believe at one point Sanford was considered a Presidential (or Vice Presidential) prospect against Obama in 2008. In the pre-Obama and Tump political era Sanford would have been considered a first-tier candidate, absent the marital issues he had later.

Now he’s just a NeverTrumper. He would rather a [Socialist] Democrat sworn into office in 2021 then preserve a Republican-led executive branch for another 4 years.

Comanche Voter | September 8, 2019 at 7:49 pm

What can one say to this babbling buffoon? I’ll try.

“Bring it Bubba! And while you are at it, bring your Bimbo from Buenos Aires!”

Somehow I think his campaign isn’t going to get much traction–but it should yield a few belly laughs.

A man who will cheat on his wife will cheat on his country.

He knows he can’t win, so why run? Someone must be paying him to do it. Even if he siphons a few thousand votes from Trump it could hurt.

Sanford-Boehner in 2020!

Hey, sounds good to me. I just want to know if he’s running for President of Venezuela or Argentina.

buckeyeminuteman | September 9, 2019 at 8:12 am

Being a Republican means talking big, but producing little. It means not doing anything to curb national debt and spending; during the 8 years of Obama or the 2.5 years of Trump. It means letting the Dems push you around while you ask for more abuse. Luckily, Trump doesn’t take crap from anyone. However, I do wish he would care more about spending and debt. If he can’t or won’t reverse the debt trend, you can be assured no other elected official is ever going to do it either.

No offense, but “disgraced”? He had an affair. Do you know who else did? Trump.

Shut up with the moral supremacy.

    Valerie in reply to Mr85. | September 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Oh, it was so much more than having an affair.

    He was the governor of South Carolina, when he disappeared for about a week. One of his staff said he was hiking the “Appalachian trail.” When he returned, it came out that he’d been out of the country, to Buenos Aires, to meet up with his mistress.

    For me, this is obviously a man who cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. Some men are apparently able to perform the duties of high public office and have sex, too. This one cannot.

    Barry in reply to Mr85. | September 10, 2019 at 12:12 am

    “Disgraced” is the proper term. He didn’t just have an affair, he didn’t just throw his wife and children out in the cold, he lied to the citizens of South Carolina with the cockamamie story he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Even his own staff didn’t know where he was. The governor of South Carolina and know one can find him for a week.

    Hell, “disgraced” is an understatement.

Reformed Trombonist | September 9, 2019 at 1:51 pm

> “because I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican”

Trump just doesn’t get it. Working his butt off 24/7 to do what he promised his supporters he’d do?! Omigod!

He has it all wrong. What it means to be a Republican is to talk conservative and pretend you’re a conservative, and then backstab their supporters.