Former South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford will stand against President Donald Trump in the Republican Party primary, he declared on Sunday in an interview.
He becomes the third Republican to enter the race to challenge Trump, who remains notable within the Republican Party.
Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and former U.S. Representative from Illinois Joe Walsh have further started long-shot campaigns; however, neither applicant has gained adhesion.
Sanford, 59, a longtime Trump critic, lost his seat in the House of Representatives in 2018 after a Trump supporter challenged him in the Republican primary.
Additionally, a former two-term governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, Sanford won’t be able to compete in his state’s Republican primary after the South Carolina Republican Party executive panel voted on Saturday not to hold one to save over $1.2 million and make way for Trump’s re-election.
Sanford said Sunday that he was disappointed in South Carolina Republicans’ decision.
He added that he hopes his run will force a dialogue about trade protectionism, the way forward for conservative politics, culture, the steadiness of powers in the government, and the tone of political speech.
Sanford’s term as governor was tagged with scandal when he went missing after telling employees that he had left the state to hike the Appalachian Trail. Instead, he had traveled to Argentina to meet with his wife, which he admitted in a press conference hours after returning.
He served two works in Congress. First, before being elected governor, he served in the U.S. House from 1995 to 2001. After leaving the governor’s workplace, he was elected to a second task from 2013 to 2019.