BREAKEND NEWS: Donald Trump now has his third republican challenger as former scandal-ridden former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford to officially announce that he is running to earn the party's nomination
Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford says he will challenge Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020.
The former congressman who lost his re-election bid last fall after Trump had lobbed a personal attack on him, hours before the polls were closed, told DailyMail.com in a phone call that he has no campaign staff or national infrastructure yet.
And he couldn't provide a timeline for an acceleration, days after Republicans in his home state said they canceled primary school in South Carolina and assigned each delegate to the incumbent president.
& # 39; I just take it one by one every day. This is a daunting task. I have acknowledged – I get all the different things that make the herculaean, and David and Goliath and all that kind of thing, & he said. & # 39; But you know, all you can do is what you can do, and today it was about planting a flag. & # 39;
Former South Carolina governor, Mark Sanford, announced Sunday that he will challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primaries
Sanford said he was planning to announce his long shot in his home state of South Carolina and was put off by Hurricane Dorian, who reached the coast this week.
& # 39; I am here to tell you right now that I am coming in, & # 39; Sanford stated in an interview with & # 39; Fox News Sunday & # 39; which ended speculation about a possible candidacy.
He said he was running because he felt like & # 39; as a Republican party lost our way & # 39 ;. He specifically mentioned that the party had doubts about its spending principles.
In July, the Republican politician showed the possibility that he would participate in the 2020 race as an opponent of President Trump.
& # 39; Sometimes in life you have to say what you have to say, whether there is an audience for it or not for that message, & # 39; he said to the post and courier earlier this summer.
The response from the Trump government at the time was: & # 39; Whatever. & # 39;
Donald Trump referred to his Republican rivals as the & # 39; Three Stooges & # 39; in a tweet last month
While serving as South Carolina's governor, Sanford was embroiled in a scandal that he ignored for six days.
His staff kept up with the disappearance in June 2009 on a hike on the Appalachian Trail.
The then governor admits during a press conference with tearing eyes that he actually met a woman with whom he had an extra-marital affair.
Sanford served in the House from 1995-2001, and then as Governor of South Carolina, then until 2013, when he was again elected to congress before being displaced in the midterms of 2018.
The republican politician is a vocal critic of Trump and the president publicly rejected and campaigned against the then incumbent representative in his primary run, causing the republican to lose his seat during the 2018 mid-term elections.
He lost in the primaries of June 2018 against Katie Arrington, who was later defeated by democrat Joe Cunningham.
Trump then attacked Sanford as & # 39; very useless for me in my campaign & # 39; and & # 39; nothing but problems & # 39 ;. He mocked Sanford's political scandal and claimed that he had disappeared for the & # 39; Tallahassee Trail & # 39; to walk, incorrectly stating the name of the footpath.
Sanford is the third Republican launch of a primary challenge against the incumbent president. Former Congressman Joe Walsh from Illinois and former Governor Bill Weld from Massachusetts are also striving for the GOP nomination.
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