November 14, 2019, 0:58

Mark Sanford announces he will challenge President Trump in 2020 GOP primary

Mark Sanford announces he will challenge President Trump in 2020 GOP primary

Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford announced Sunday that he will challenge President Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

“I’m here to tell you now that I am going to get in,” Sanford told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

The former governor said he plans to make a formal announcement in South Carolina next week.

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In this July 21, 2018, file photo, Republican politician Mark Sanford speaks at OZY Fest in Central Park in New York.

Sanford said he’s launching a long shot bid against Trump, who has wide support among Republicans, because he believes “we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican. I think as a Republican party we have lost our way.”

On Sanford’s web site, he said the country is heading in the wrong direction.

“We’re headed towards the most predictable financial crisis in the history of our country,” he said.

In response to Sanford’s announcement, Trump campaign communication’s director Tim Murtaugh gave ABC News a one-word reaction: “Irrelevant.”

Sourse: abcnews.go.com

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