Despite his general unpopularity and poor polling numbers, the Republican party still thinks that Donald Trump is still their best option in 2020. Late this week, Politico reported that the GOP is attempting to cancel party primaries in Arizona, Nevada, Kansas and South Carolina.
The Republicans looking to challenge Trump in 2020, though, seem undeterred. This weekend, former South Carolina governor announced that he will be joining former congressman Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld in competing against Trump for the 2020 nomination.
Sanford made the announcement on Fox News during an interview with Chris Wallace. He said to the host, “I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in. I think that as the Republican Party we have lost our way.”
The former governor has taken considerable umbrage with the way the President has handled the country’s debt. “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 said. “The numbers are astounding.”
Wallace did make sure to ask the hopeful why he was getting involved in a race that he has very little chance of winning. Sanford answered, “Once every four years, we have a chance to have a national debate on where we’re going next as Republicans and Democrats and as Americans. And the thing that has been lacking in this debate has been an earnest and real conversation on debt and deficits and government spending.”
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