Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mark Sanford says he will challenge Trump for Republican presidential nomination

Mark Sanford says he will challenge Trump for Republican presidential nomination

Mark Sanford - best known for a scandal involving an extramarital affair during his tenure - announced on Sunday that he is launching a long-shot bid to replace President Donald Trump as the Republican Party's nominee in the 2020 presidential race.

While addressing the Ohio Republican Party at their annual state dinner, Trump said, "We have a lot of chairmen that left because they're chairmen for six years, and then they don't want to stay because they can't be chairmen".

'I think the president will put us over the top, ' Bishop told The New York Times on Friday.

"I'm not looking to give them any credibility", Trump said about former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, former South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, all of whom say they plan to take on the president for the GOP nomination.

More significantly, it comes less than 24 hours after the South Carolina Republican Party voted almost unanimously not to hold a GOP primary election in the state next year in a sign of loyalty to Trump - a move being replicated by three other states.

Donald Trump now has three official challengers for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.

A primary challenge to an incumbent president can expose weaknesses and distract from general-election preparations. Each faced a major primary challenger from within their own party and each went on to be denied a second term.

Trump has shown little concern about his new challengers so far, though.

Mr Trump also said his three potential rivals were "stooges, all badly failed candidates". They said that vote won't happen until February, in keeping with Republican national committee rules.

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"Our tremendous Republican candidate Dan Bishop will battle with the entire thing he has to conclude sanctuary cities and defend the of us of this tremendous relate", Trump stated.

In this Aug. 15, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. Trump's rally in North Carolina Monday will serve as a measure of his clout in trying to elect a Republican to the House.

He becomes the third Republican to mount a primary challenge against the President. Similar decisions were made by Republican chairpersons when President Ronald Reagan sought re-election in 1984.

Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Shannon Golden said Friday it would not organize a caucus because Trump is an incumbent.

Trump's current approval rating among Republicans is at 88 percent, according to Gallup. "Get out, go ahead, go into the neighborhood ... honestly, it's insane what's happening". Think about that. He's in cahoots with the Republican Party to disenfranchise voters.

Sanford, who served two terms as governor of SC, told CNN's Jake Tapper before entering that race that he was encouraged to run by people who "have said we need to have a conversation about what it means to be a Republican". "It would be malpractice on my part to waste money on a caucus to come to the inevitable conclusion that President Trump will be getting all our delegates in Charlotte".

A number of states, for instance, did not hold Democratic primaries in 2012, although President Barack Obama did not face any organized opposition.

Instead, his message is focused on America's skyrocketing debt - which Trump has dangerously escalated in direct contravention of his 2016 campaign promises.

He later told reporters, "I just think they are a dynasty".

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