Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" that he plans to challenge President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.
"Why?" Chris Wallace asked. "You've got to know you basically have no chance of winning the Republican nomination, so why run for president? ... You honestly think you have a serious chance?"
"I’m saying you never know," Sanford replied.
Sanford stressed debt, trade, and economic uncertainty as his top issues, calling President Trump the "king of debt," criticizing Trump's use of tariffs, and warning that we are facing an economic "storm" comparable to the Great Depression.
"I think it is fair to say that you are best known around the country as the governor who disappeared for a week in 2009, your aides said you were hiking the Appalachian Trail when in fact you were, as a married governor, in Argentina with your girlfriend," Wallace noted. "Isn't that going to be a dealbreaker?"
"I actually went on an apology tour back home in the wake of that," Sanford replied. "And what I learned from that is... a level of humility and empathy that I didn't have before. A level of judgment, it is a great regret, it is something I have apologized extensively for. And in contrast to the president, who says there is not a single thing that he regrets or apologizes for, I believe in the Christian Bible of repentance and renewal and a second chance."