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Sanford Plans To Challenge Trump In The GOP Primary. Here's Why.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford on Sunday announced his plans to run against President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary. Sanford made his announcement on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace, although he planned to make it earlier this week. He had to put his announcement on hold because of Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged the east coast. 


“I have. I planned to announce that back home this week. We had a hurricane come visit us on the coast of South Carolina so that sort of disrupted plans, but I am telling you now I am going to get in," Sanford said.

“You’re going to run for president against Donald Trump in the Republican primaries?” Wallace asked.

“I am,” Sanford replied.

“Why?” Wallace asked, clearly taken by surprise.

“Because I think we need to have a conversation about what it means to be a Republican. I think as a Republican Party we have lost our way. And I'd say so on a couple different fronts. I'd say first, and sort of the epicenter of where I'm coming from is that we have lost our way on debt and deficit spending," Sanford explained. "You know, one of the hallmarks of the Republican Party and the conservative movement has always been 'how much do we spend?' It was Milton Friedman's notion that the ultimate measure of government is how much it spends."

"I think as a party we've lost our way. The president has called himself 'the king of debt,' has a familiarity and comfort level with debt that I think is, ultimately, leading us in the wrong direction," Sanford explained. "We can get into those numbers but those numbers are astounding. And just take, for instance, as a data point, this last debt deal that adds $2 trillion of additional debt to our country over the next 10 years, adds a third of a trillion dollars in new spending and, really, there wasn't conversation on that."


Sanford took to Twitter to reiterate why he's running:


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