During an interview on “The View,” Sanford noted that he hopes to spend the next 30 days to see if he can build energy around a campaign before making his official decision to take on President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.
Watch Sanford’s comments:
“I’m neither [in the race, nor out]. What I have said is I’ll give it 30 days and see whether, you know, energy and people and resources come my direction as I explore this over the next 30 days or not. And if they don’t, no. I’ll look for other ways of highlighting what I think is the most critical issue out there that’s not being talked about, which is debt, deficit, and government spendings for its implications in every one of our lives.”
As Sanford noted, his number one reason for considering a presidential bid is that he believes government spending is out of control and could have disastrous implications for the U.S. economy.
In a press release, Sanford wrote: (Can forward email)
“I have decided to take just a first step — and explore that question over the next 30 days. This could lead to running for President as a Republican. The goal here would be to generate a long-overdue conversation amongst Republicans on what we believe on debt, deficits, and government spending. It could lead to starting an advocacy group aimed at national conversation on this front. It could mean none of the above. Again, I don’t know, but I suspect, based on people’s responses over the next month, I will garner a very clear picture of what I should or shouldn’t do moving forward.”
If he were to run for president, Sanford would undoubtedly have to address his chaotic past. In 2009, Sanford admitted to having an extramarital affair. During this time, he also literally disappeared, causing a statewide panic as his family and security team searched for him.
Host Joy Behar confronted Sanford about his past and asked how he would handle President Trump’s attacks, which undoubtedly would be vicious.
“I mean, it’s a chapter of life that I regret, that I have said I’m sorry for, that I repent of, and I move on. […] If I indeed get into which race, I know it’s a point of vulnerability, but it’s also, frankly, a point of strength because if you learn from your mistakes, you become a better person for them.”