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Mark Sanford Is Running for President

Trump gets a new GOP challenger
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 8, 2019 9:03 AM CDT
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In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, former Rep. Mark Sanford speaks with attendees at Rep. Jeff Duncan's annual fundraiser in Anderson, SC.   (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

(Newser) – President Trump just picked up another opponent in the Republican primaries: Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot challenge to the current occupant of the Oval Office, reports the AP. "I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in," Sanford said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. When asked why he was taking on an incumbent who's popular within the party, Sanford said: "I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican. I think that as the Republican Party, we have lost our way."

The 59-year-old Sanford has long been an outspoken critic of Trump's. He frequently questioned Trump's motivations and qualifications during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election and called Trump's candidacy "a particularly tough pill to swallow."

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