Mark Sanford: Long-time Trump critic joins Republican race to unseat Trump

Mark Sanford: Lengthy-time Trump critic joins Republican race to unseat Trump

Mark Sanford on Capitol Hill in Washington in December 2014Picture copyright

Mark Sanford, a former South Carolina governor, has change into the newest Republican to problem President Trump within the get together’s main contest.

“I am right here to inform you now that I’m going to get in,” Mr Sanford, a long-time Trump critic, mentioned in an interview asserting his candidacy.

He’s the third particular person to problem Mr Trump for the nomination.

It’s seen as close to unimaginable that anybody will take the Republican mantle from the president.

No sitting president within the trendy period has misplaced the race to be nominee for their very own get together, and Mr Trump stays very fashionable with Republicans.

The Republican Nationwide Conference, at which the nominee might be formally chosen, will happen in late August 2020 after a sequence of state main elections and get together caucuses.

However some state Republican events, together with in South Carolina, have determined to not maintain primaries in 2020 – to clear the trail for Mr Trump and get monetary savings.

Mr Sanford, 59, is predicted to centre his marketing campaign on chopping authorities debt and spending.

“I believe we have to have a dialog on what it means to be a Republican. I believe that as a Republican get together we’ve misplaced our means,” he advised Fox Information on Sunday.

“We now have misplaced our means on money owed and deficits and spending… The president has referred to as himself the king of debt, has a familiarity and luxury degree with debt that I believe is in the end main us within the flawed route.”

In April, former Massachusetts Governor Invoice Weld grew to become the primary particular person to problem Mr Trump.

He was adopted by conservative radio host and former lawmaker Joe Walsh on the finish of August.

Who’s Mark Sanford?

He first served in Congress in 1995, representing South Carolina’s first congressional district. He later served because the state’s governor for 2 phrases from 2003-2011. He then returned to the Home in 2013.

Mr Sanford criticised Mr Trump in the course of the 2016 presidential election however in the end supported him. Nevertheless he would change into one in every of his hardest Republican critics in Congress when Mr Trump took workplace.

That stance price him the Republican main when his seat was up for re-election final yr. He was overwhelmed by a pro-Trump challenger who went on to lose the election to her Democrat opponent.

He is named a fiscal conservative and has been attacked by Mr Trump over an extra-marital affair that tainted his second time period as governor.

He went lacking for a number of days, along with his workers telling reporters he had gone to hike the Appalachian Path. He had as an alternative gone to Argentina to see his mistress, which he later confessed.

Who will tackle Trump in 2020?

Election day continues to be greater than a yr away however the race to change into the Democratic challenger to Mr Trump is already effectively underneath means.

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have thrown their hats into the ring, however many of the different candidates are comparatively unknown outdoors the Washington DC bubble.

Discover out who’s already operating and who may be a part of them.

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