BREAKING: Republican Officially Announces 2020 Presidential Run

He believes the GOP has “lost it’s way.”

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford announced Sunday that he is running for president as a Republican, becoming the latest to challenge President Trump in the GOP primaries.

Sanford said the Republican Party is facing an identity crisis, and he wants the GOP to take a look at itself and do some soul searching.

“I think we have to have a conversation about what it means to be a Republican,” Sanford told “Fox News Sunday,” claiming the party “has lost our way.”

Sanford specifically made reference to the debt, deficit and government spending. Other conservatives expressed concern about these issues when Trump helped Congress pass a spending bill that increases spending caps and suspends the debt ceiling, allowing for more government borrowing until July 31, 2021. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blasted his colleagues at the time, saying it “marks the death of the Tea Party movement in America.”

Sanford also challenged Trump’s tactics when it comes to trade, saying that engaging the world when it comes to trade is “one of the hallmarks of the Republican Party.”

He also brought up political culture, which he said has been “damaged” by Trump.

“We need to have a conversation about humility,” Sanford said, blasting Trump’s social media habits by claiming that a tweet “is not leadership.”

Earlier this summer, when Sanford was still deciding whether to run, he admitted, “I don’t think anybody’s going to beat Donald Trump.”

When pressed on why he is running a race that he knows he will likely lose, Sanford said, “this is the beginning of a long walk, but it begins with a first step.”

Host Chris Wallace grilled Sanford on his own controversies, which include a stretch of nearly a week in 2009 during his term as governor, when he disappeared only to eventually admit that he was in Argentina having an extramarital affair. At the time, his spokesperson said Sanford was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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Sanford said he “profoundly apologized for that,” contrasting his remorse with Trump, who he said does not apologize for anything. Trump poked fun at Sanford after his scandal was brought to light, but Sanford insisted that his campaign against the president was not personal.

Sanford is now the third Republican to announce a run against Trump in the primaries, with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh previously announcing their campaigns.

After Weld and Walsh stated they were running against Trump, Politico reported that the Republican parties of Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina were looking to scrap their primaries and caucuses.

“Trump and his allies and the Republican National Committee are doing whatever they can do to eliminate primaries in certain states and make it very difficult for primary challengers to get on the ballot in a number of states,” Walsh told Politico. Weld reacted by tweeting, “Donald Trump, by turns arrogant and paranoid, has made no secret of the fact that he wishes to be crowned as president rather than elected. That might be fine in a monarchy, but we overthrew ours two centuries ago.”

Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Shannon Golden, meanwhile, defended the decision, telling Fox News that the state never has Republican primaries when there is a GOP incumbent.

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16 Comments

  • Junius Graham
    Posted September 8, 2019 5:23 pm 0Likes

    I hope someone he will listen to, will tell this Moron, that like the Emperor, he has no clothes! He is an embarrassment to South Carolina and America!

  • Junius Graham
    Posted September 8, 2019 5:26 pm 0Likes

    Bill Weld, is just another Mark Sanford, We do not trust him, or need the RINO! Both can save their money and breath. Go get a useful job, and shut up!

  • FRENCHIE
    Posted September 8, 2019 5:29 pm 0Likes

    NO, DUMBASS….You’ve got things ALL WRONG…..See, the Republican Party HASN’T lost it’s way, it’s lost YOUR WAY !!! Trump has charted a NEW course for the GOP, one it SHOULD HAVE been on from the days of REAGAN & STAYED on that course. Do yourself a favor, JUST FORGET ABOUT IT !!! WE THE PEOPLE want TRUMP…..We’ve HAD ENOUGH of WEAK RINO’s & CUCKSERVATIVES !!!!!!!!!

  • Sergio Pastor
    Posted September 8, 2019 5:31 pm 0Likes

    Traitor and a cheater …LOOSER idiot

  • Joe
    Posted September 8, 2019 6:25 pm 0Likes

    These three fake Republicans are unfit to serve!

  • JoeyP
    Posted September 8, 2019 7:08 pm 0Likes

    How many “FOOLS” are running against Trump? . . . It makes you wonder when you see the great successes he’s had as president. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  • Randy131
    Posted September 8, 2019 7:16 pm 0Likes

    Democrats like to try to prove to the American people that President Trump is a liar, because he simply exaggerates things that enhance his negotiating abilities with others, a well known tactic, but not truly lying to cover-up wrong-doings. In American politics that is done with an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), just like Bill Clinton had done several times from the time he was Attorney General in Arkansas, all the way to the time he became President, and how the Democrats were able to refuse to accept all his many accusations of infidelities, even one that was a rape accusation.

    Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is known for actually lying, in order to keep his wife and others from finding out about his sexual trysts, infidelities, and times spent with his girl-friends, sometimes in foreign countries, by disappearing from public view and declaring he was somewhere else in the USA, and unreachable. Mark Sanford did this while he sneaked into a South American country to spend time, away from his wife and family, with his girlfriends to share sexual favors with.

    Now that Mark Sanford is running against President Trump for the Republican Presidential nomination for the 2020 national election, all his scandals will once again be put into the public’s purview, with interviews from his former wife and their children to determine the reasons why he did what he did, then lied to the American people about it by saying he was away camping in the Appalachian Mountains, and couldn’t be reached, while all the time he was actually in South America on a tryst with his Latin lover.

    Too bad Mark Sanford isn’t running for the Presidency in the Democrat Party, with a record of infidelity like he has he would be a shoe-in to get the Democrat Presidential nomination for that political party.

    What former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford doesn’t realize is that the Democrats not only accept a liar in their political party, but actually make it a prerequisite to join, while Republicans refuse to accept liars, and ostracize them instead, as most of the American public also does.

  • Roy Parcell
    Posted September 8, 2019 7:35 pm 0Likes

    I would never Vote For Mark Sanford Because it would Voting for another Corrupt Democrat. But I will be Voting For President Trump

  • Roy Parcell
    Posted September 8, 2019 7:49 pm 0Likes

    I would never Vote For Mark Sanford because it would be like Voting for another Democrat. I will be Voting For President Trump

  • Sam
    Posted September 8, 2019 8:03 pm 0Likes

    BULLSHIT

    WE DON’T WANT YOU! YOU’RE A FRIGGING RINO !

    WE DO NOT WANT YOU…YOU CHRATED ON YOUR WIFE AND WE DON’T EANT YOU!

  • Proud vet
    Posted September 8, 2019 8:38 pm 0Likes

    If this guy is running against trump he has another little schill, that is nothing but A communist/Democrat with Republican clothes on! Trump is the best thing that we have had an office in my lifetime and I’ve been here over 70 years. They all hate him because they can’t control him and he is doing what’s right for the country and it makes him harder to get money from the one world order billionaires to pad their pockets with Trump there.

  • Michael G Warren
    Posted September 8, 2019 8:40 pm 0Likes

    TRUMP PENCE 2020!! EASY WIN!!

  • GomeznSA
    Posted September 8, 2019 9:12 pm 0Likes

    GO sanford GO – as in go away (or go home) – while you “may” be correct that the elites of the gop have lost their way – you certainly are NOT the man to bring them back on course. BUH BYE.

  • FEDUP365
    Posted September 8, 2019 10:22 pm 0Likes

    So you think we lost our way, for your information dumb ass we have found our way away from the likes of those who would destroy this Country without blinking an eye such as yourself. If you think for a second we want to go down the sewer filled path the demoncraps are on and you want to follow them then just GET YOUR WORTHLESS ASS OFF THE TRUMP TRAIN and go catch up with your loser friends over at the demoncraptic table. Save yourself the EMBARRASSMENT and HUMILIATION OF DEFEAT because you don’t stand a cold chance in hell or should I of said DC.

  • Marion McKenzie
    Posted September 8, 2019 10:42 pm 0Likes

    Sanford has an idinity PROBLEM,,,but MOST RINOS do….Why doesn’t he RUN as a Dimocrat????piece of dog shit…..

  • David MacKAY
    Posted September 10, 2019 7:07 pm 0Likes

    A RINO wanting another primary to oppose Trump

    The old formula applies

    GOOD INTENTIONS Minus WISDOM = EVIL

    Sanford is what Lenin laughingly called “A Useful Idiot”

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