Mark Sanford: Stephen Colbert Isn’t On The Ticket

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R), fresh off a GOP primary runoff victory in the campaign for an open House seat in the state, said on Wednesday that the only thing voters know about his opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, is that she is the sister of late-night comedian Stephen Colbert. 

“Well, you know, at the end of the day, Stephen Colbert’s a very popular, you know, well-regarded comedian, but at the end of the day he’s not on the ticket,” the former South Carolina governor said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And we’re going to have a debate about ideas, and I think that when people really begin to digest those ideas, some real strong contrasts in terms of where she would be vs. where I would be, I think that will substantially change a poll that I think now simply defines name and ID as people know it, not issue ID. And I think ultimately debates in campaigns are decided on issues.”

The poll Sanford referred to was commissioned by Colbert Busch’s campaign and showed the Democratic House candidate in a tight race with the former governor. Stephen Colbert will also reportedly host two fundraisers for his sister this month. 

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