Both Sanford and Walsh are running in the Republican presidential primary, but hold drastically different views of President Trump. While Walsh has openly supported impeachment and believes Trump is “unfit” to be president, Sanford has said he would vote for Trump in 2020 if the other option is a far-left Democrat.
This divide was on full display during an interview with the two on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning.
When asked by host Jake Tapper whether he would vote for Trump’s impeachment if he were still serving in the House, Sanford said he would need to see all the information first.
Watch Walsh and Sanford’s interview below:
“I think we need to take this incrementally. I think to your point, there ought to be a vote before we go into the inquiry. If you look at the last three impeachments —and in fact one in which I took the vote, you formalize the process as opposed to having an open-ended process which is the route that Pelosi is taking now. […] I don’t know that ultimately impeachment is the best way to go. I think probably censure is, given the fact that we’re this close to an election — but that’s a larger conversation. Would I want to investigate this? Yes.”
That didn’t sit well with Walsh, who passionately supports Trump’s impeachment and has called on his fellow Republicans to support it as well.
“I don’t understand that, with all due respect Mark. “This president deserves to be impeached. Jake, nobody from the White House and no high-level Republicans are on the show today because there is nothing to defend. This president betrayed his country again this week. Would I vote if I were in Congress on the inquiry, there is enough we know now to vote to impeachment this president.”
This spiraled into a 10-minute debate between the two, which is representative of the debate taking place between many in the Republican Party. Sanford remained steadfast that, should the impeachment efforts continue, it’s important to respect the “process” and see each step out fully, rather than rushing to pull the trigger on Trump.
Walsh doesn’t see a point in waiting around to move on impeachment.
For now, it’s unclear how the Republican Party will respond to the impeachment efforts. Some Republican senators, like Mitt Romney, seem to care about investigating Trump, while others seem to have no interest in entertaining the impeachment effort at all.