Former U.S. Congressman Sanford Considers Challenge to Trump

Jim Bourg/Reuters

Mark Sanford, a Republican former U.S. congressman from South Carolina, said on Tuesday he is considering mounting a primary challenge to President Donald Trump over the rising federal debt.

Sanford, 59, a longtime Trump critic who lost his seat in the House of Representatives last year after he was challenged by a Trump supporter in the Republican primary, will decide in the next month whether to make a long-shot bid against Trump for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, he told Reuters.

Watching last month’s Democratic debates pushed him to consider taking on Trump, Sanford said.

“There’s not one mention either by one of the panelists or by one of the candidates on debt, deficit and government spending, not one,” Sanford said. “I’ve watched concurrently as the president has rolled out action on the various things that drive our debt and deficit.”

William Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, currently is the only Republican attempting to unseat Trump, who has consolidated his grip on the party’s national and state machinery.

Sanford said he kept waiting for other Republican candidates to declare and “nobody went.” He reached a “tipping point,” he said.

Trump’s campaign raised $135 million since he filed for re-election on the day he took office, and the Republican National Committee and other committees formed by Trump also are raising money for his re-election.

Twenty-five Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination ahead of the general election in November 2020.

(Reporting by Harriet McLeod in Charleston and James Oliphant in Washington.; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Susan Thomas and Bill Trott)

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James
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I wonder if Sanford is any relation to Bozo O’Rourke, another loser; or to William Weld who was former New Mexico (R) Governor Gary “Pot Head” Johnson’s running mate in 2016 on the Libertarian ticket.

Somebody needs to close and lock the doors of the rubber rooms to prevent these escapes..

John Hand
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John Hand

Someone in the Democrat party wants Trump to have to ‘fight’ a primary challenger in order to drain away some of the reelection funds he has accumulated. Also, it will have the appearance of having a ‘Republican’ challenger pointing out Trump ‘mistakes,’ whatever. After Sanford has made his contribution to the Democrats, he probably will be given a visiting commentator role on MSNBC.

John
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John

well he wasn’t so great when he was in office. Maybe he can get a show like Scarborough did or a commentator like Flake

WP Taylor
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While he’s right about the growing problem of the growing national debt, by himself he won’t be enough to get even an all Republican Congress to control that when they don’t want to, and there’s no particular insight or program that makes him stand out from Trump as so much better. There ARE better approaches to many problems than Trump’s, although right now the Democrats seem to have a lock on all the worse ways to deal with our national and international issues. That leaves Trump, not as the best candidate, but the least worst candidate.

Cherl
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Same old buzz words that incite voters. So this yahoo thinks. Debt and spending. Lost to a Trump supporter in the House. Like Trump….conscientious voters don’t like losers.

Tom Bodine
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So you want to get a bunch of Trump haters to give you money, have you ever heard of the saying “throwing money down a rat hole” ?

Elmer Yee
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Elmer Yee

Go hiking again and don’t come back, Cuckold

Otis
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Big dummy. May as well open a junkyard.

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