Sanford Eyes Primary Run

Citing fiscal responsibility

Evan Smith
August 23, 2019 - 4:31 pm

Former South Carolina Congressman, Governor and hiking enthusiast Mark Sanford, a Republican, says he’s considering a primary challenge run against President Trump.

Speaking on Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream, Sanford expressed his concern over the lack of fiscal responsibility that he believes has come to characterize the Republican Party in recent years.

“I think that one of the things that’s lacking in terms of debate within the Republican Party right now and in this presidential race is a discussion of debt and deficits and government spending,” Sanford said.

Citing the rise in the federal deficit – which as now ballooned to a whopping $22.5 trillion, which amounts to just under $183,000 per taxpayer – Sanford said the Republican Party’s neglect in addressing the problem will lead to serious fiscal issues down the road.

“We have a profound problem. I believe we’re about to go over a cliff that would cause a whole world of hurt to folks here and now as well as our kids coming down the line,” Sanford said.

If he decides to run, Sanford would join former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld as a Republican primary challenger.

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