Trump Foe Mark Sanford Mulls A Primary Challenge Against POTUS

COLUMBIA, SC - JUNE 26: South Carolina Governor fields questions from the media following a special meeting with his Cabinet in the Wade Hampton Building at the Statehouse complex on June, 26, 2009. The cabinet meeting was the governor's first planned appearance since he announced his extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina. (Photo by Davis Turner/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - JUNE 26: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford fields questions from the media following a special meeting with his Cabinet in the Wade Hampton Building at the Statehouse complex on June, 26, 2009. The cabi... COLUMBIA, SC - JUNE 26: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford fields questions from the media following a special meeting with his Cabinet in the Wade Hampton Building at the Statehouse complex on June, 26, 2009. The cabinet meeting was the governor's first planned appearance since he announced his extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina. (Photo by Davis Turner/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 16, 2019 10:36 a.m.

Former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who essentially lost his seat because President Donald Trump urged voters to give him the boot, is now considering the ultimate retribution: a primary challenge.

According to the Post and Courier, Sanford said that his main impetus for getting into the race would be to combat the rising deficit and wanton government spending.

“Sometimes in life you’ve got to say what you’ve got to say, whether there’s an audience or not for that message,” he said. “I feel convicted.”

“I’m a Republican. I think the Republican Party has lost its way on debt, spending and financial matters,” he added.

Currently, the only Republican actively campaigning against Trump is former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. Though Weld has so far failed to gain much traction in his challenge to Trump, he told the Washington Post last month that he is pleased to be a voice of reason for Never-Trumper Republicans sickened by the President’s conduct. He added that he does not intend to drop out of the race before the primaries.

“When I ran for governor, it was an 18- to 24-month campaign. This is nothing. I’ll see you in the snow, put it that way,” Weld said.

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