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Sanford announces challenge to Trump

The Hill logo The Hill 9/8/2019 Rachel Frazin
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Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford said on Sunday that he will challenge President Trump in 2020 as a Republican.

"I'm here to tell you now that I am going to get in," he said on "Fox News Sunday."

"I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican," Sanford added. "As a Republican Party, we have lost our way."

Mark Sanford standing in front of a crowd: Former State Gov. Mark Sanford meets people during the Faith and Freedom Barbecue at the Civic Center of Anderson Monday. The annual fundraiser in Anderson is for U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan from Laurens, with around 3,000 supporters at the event considered South Carolina's largest annual gathering of conservatives. © Ken Ruinard / staff Former State Gov. Mark Sanford meets people during the Faith and Freedom Barbecue at the Civic Center of Anderson Monday. The annual fundraiser in Anderson is for U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan from Laurens, with around 3,000 supporters at the event considered South Carolina's largest annual gathering of conservatives.

The former governor also said he was particularly concerned about the debt and deficit spending.

"We have got to have a national conversation and a Republican conversation on where are we going on debt and deficit," he said.

Sanford said last week that he was focused on Hurricane Dorian would wait until after the storm had passed to announce his decision on a White House bid.

He previously said he would give himself until Labor Day to make a choice.

Since announcing his potential White House bid, the former lawmaker has visited New Hampshire and Iowa, causing further speculation that he would launch a campaign.

Sanford could face an uphill battle. The Republican parties in Kansas and Sanford's home state of South Carolina on Saturday voted to cancel their GOP primaries.

The president also has continued to have support from most Republicans. A recent Morning Consult poll found that 85 percent of them approved of him.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R) and former Rep. Joe Walsh are also challenging Trump for the Republican nomination.

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