Mark Sanford – Running Against Trump as a Republican in 2020 | The Daily Show


-Welcome toThe Daily Show.
-Treat to be here. Um, you are doing
what many experts believe is the impossible. You are running
against Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. Why would you embark
on a suicide mission? (laughter) ‘Cause I think
it’s a really important one. And, uh,
whether I’m successful or not, I think we need to have
a conversation about where we’re going
as Republicans and where we’re going
as a country. -So, let’s-let’s… let’s start
with that. -(applause) Let’s start
with that conversation, -Yeah.
-and let’s ask the questions. Where do you think Republicans
have lost their way? In your opinion, what do you
think the Republican Party has lost under Donald Trump? A number of things
that used to be, really, hallmarks
of the Republican Party. If you stop and think about this
notion of financial stewardship, whether you agree or disagree, at least Republicans
were recognized fortryingon that front. If you look at debt and deficits
and government spending, they have spun
indeed out of control -under this president’s watch.
-Right. He’s called himself
the King of the Debt, and we’re headed
for real troubles on that front, which is worth
a longer conversation. I think we’re missing it on
looking inward versus outward. What has distinguished
our civilization, really from the time of World
War II, World War I, has been an outward look that has
profited this nation mightily at many different levels. I think we’re missing it
with regard to institutions. If you stop and think about it, institutions are the framework
that hold the balance of power that our Founding Fathers
put in place, and… and what
the president’s doing, when he says that Jerome Powell, the Chairman
of the Federal Reserve, is an enemy of the state,
what you’re doing is really degrading
the institutional framework that holds our balance of power
in place. And finally, the president’s
missing it on tone. You know, you can say
the right thing, you say it in the wrong way,
nobody’s listening. And-and I saw it
in the congressional district that I used to represent. Literally, working moms,
soccer moms, young millennials turned away in droves,
so much so that that district, which has been Republican
for the last 50 years, went Democrat for the first time
in 50 years, all largely, frankly,
based on tone. So we could get
into those things, but those would be four keys as to sort of
where I’m coming from. That’s an interesting one
to bring up, tone and the way
that you say things. Could it then be construed
that what you’re saying is what Donald Trumpdoes
is not necessarily the worst, but the manner that he does it
in is particularly bad. So would you be selling
to people basically a PG version of Trump’s ideas?
Is that what you’re saying? -(laughing) -No. I don’t want
to leave you misinterpreted. ‘Cause when you say
tone is a major thing do you think those voters
literally went, “We like the policies, we just
don’t like the way he speaks, -and so that’s what’s
gonna turn us off.” -Yeah. I mean, there are
a lot of conservatives that like what he’s getting at
with regard to conservative judiciary,
or a tax cut or dereg. They-They like those things
as items on an agenda. But what they’ve also said is
we’re not gonna put up anymore with the tweets;
we’re just sick of it. This is–
There’s something wrong with somebody standing
in a bathrobe at 3:00 a.m. tweeting some
strange message out. Uh… And… You’re with me there,
aren’t you? Well, you’re assuming
he’s wearing a bathrobe, -but carry one.
-Okay. -(laughter) -I mean…
-(applause) Fair enough.
Fair enough. -But, but… Yeah. Yeah.
-Yeah, no, no. -I understand what you’re
saying, so, so… -Yeah. Yeah. I mean, it’s not leadership,
and it’s not– I-I-It’s not engaging the way that leaders
have to engage with folks that-that
bring about change. Whether that’s
at the elected level, or whether that’s at
the voter level. Here’s one thing that
always gets me, though, is I’ve had
the privilege of speaking to many Republican leaders
and lawmakers who say what you’re saying
in a very similar fashion. You know, Trump does not
represent the party, and this is not
what Donald Tr– what the Republican Party
is all about. Donald Trump is not that.
But my question is, if Donald Trump
does not represent the Republican Party, then why is he so popular
with Republican voters? Is it possible that he doesn’t
represent the party or do you think
that maybe yourselves as the lawmakers
have lost touch with what Republican voters
actually want? That’s the $94 question. That’s what I’ll find out over
the course of this campaign. Uh, so i-it’s either– all the conversations I had
over 25 years of politics in the House
and two terms as governor– either they didn’t matter and they weren’t real,
or they were. If they did matter,
those small business folks that I was talking to
that were struggling to make it, the family gathered around
the kitchen counter saying, you know, how do we put
our checkbook together, and make their numbers work
as a family– If those conversations were real then my campaign’s gonna have some level of currency
and it’s gonna move forward because the way the president
is moving us is in the opposite direction. I mean, we’re headed
for the-the big… This is… I-I…
Well, I’m on a comedy show, so this doesn’t fit,
but we’re headed for the biggest financial storm
our country has ever seen outside of the Great Depression.
That’s where we’re headed. So, the value equation
with Trump is economic. People will put up
some weird stuff, but they say,
“Well, my 401(k) is doing okay, -and I got a job.”
-Right. But-but the course
that he’s leading on is the equivalent of the family
that lives down the street that seems to be
incredibly prosperous, but it turns out
they’re-they’re… they’re creating this illusion
based on credit cards. That’s what we’re doing
as a nation, and we got to have
a conversation on it, ’cause, frankly, neither
Republicans nor Democrats are talking about it right now. So, if a Republican voter
is out there, and they’re seeing
your campaign, what are you offering
to a Republican? Because you’re not trying to run
as a Democrat. -Sure. -You’re not trying
to change that. -You’re saying, “No,
I am a Republican.” -Correct. And there are many Republicans
who would say to you, “We’re getting the tax cuts
that we want. “They may not have benefitted
the middle class “and lower income earners
as they were, you know… “as they were promised, “but we’re getting
the tax cuts we wanted. “We’re getting
stricter immigration “the way we wanted it. “We’re getting a president
who cares about America and nobody else in the world.” -So what are you offering
Republicans? -(laughs) What are you offering
Republican voters, then? Why would they leave Trump
to vote for you? I-I’m offering them truth,
which is the econo… When he talks
about a great economy, it’s an economy that’s fake
based on credit card buildup. I mean,
we’re running the highest debt we’ve ever run in peacetime. We’re running
the highest deficits we’ve ever run in peacetime. The spending that drives both. And-and we’re working ourselves into an absolute math trap. I mean, it’s telling
that Admiral Mike Mullen, who was the former chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when asked– this is
a military person speaking– when asked,
“What’s the biggest threat to the American civilization?” His answer is not the Taliban, not the Chinese,
not the Russians. The American debt. We have got to have
a conversation as Americans– and this is a good part of why
I’m running– on that front. So what I’m offering
is simply saying, “This is the truth.”
And we can pretend there’s a great economy
’cause we’re propping it up. We can pretend that these jobs
are gonna be there, but they’re not
if you look at the math behind where we’re headed
as a nation, and we’re headed there quickly. You’re an interesting candidate
in that you may be the only candidate
I’ve ever heard say, “I don’t think I will win,
and that is fine. But I’m running
for a different purpose.” Why is that? I have four sons that I love, and there are a lot of kids
and grandkids that I don’t know that, uh, you love
or folks in the audience love. What you can’t do… I come from the coast
of South Carolina. We have hurricanes
that regularly hit our coast. If you’re a weatherman and you’ve been involved
in politics for a long time and have some degree of record on deficits and spending
and those sorts of things, to look at what’s coming our way
and simply say nothing… Uh, in other words,
our ability… I mean, we’re playing
with the fire that breaks apart civilizations. You look at where we’re going
on spending. You look at where we’re going
on institutions. You look at where we’re going
on civility and tone. Those are the things
that break apart a civilization. And as one who’s had experience,
again, this is, again,
a preposterous proposition -at many different levels,
-Mm-hmm. but friends came me–
uh, to me for a year. Th-Their point after
my election loss last June was, “God just cleared your calendar
for a reason. I know what it is.”
I’m so, like– I’m so glad you got
the direct connect. Fill me in. But their point was,
“No, you need to do this. “Here’s the why.
You’ve been involved in this for a long time. Please just go
out and talk about it.” And so that’s what I’ve begun,
and here we are. -Okay, so then final question
before I let you go. -Yeah. As a Republican who says
you’re not drinking the Kool-Aid -with regards to Trump,
-(chuckles) -let’s talk about today’s news
-Yeah. -and let’s talk about the news
that’s been… -I mean, wait… -But I’m not so much so
-No. that he came after me in my– I mean, how often does the
president of the United States go after a sitting member
of Congress of his own party to take him out?
I mean, that means -you’re really not drinking
the Kool-Aid. -Yes. Definitely. Definitely. So, let’s talk
about the news that– -as it’s happening right now.
-Yeah. You have Donald Trump
facing impeachment. You have
Donald Trump releasing– his White House releasing
transcripts of calls -between him and Ukraine.
-Right. You have now news breaking
just today about Australia -and possibly Italy
and him using Barr -Mm-hmm. and Mike Pompeo on the phone.
What do you make of this? First, most importantly,
do you think what he did -was appropriate with Ukraine?
-Absolutely not. Okay. Do you think
it is an impeachable offense? I don’t want
to prejudge the process. Uh, in other words,
it would seem to me that the ans–
logical answer is yes. I want them to– I mean, I’m not on the committee
of jurisdiction. -I want them to go
through their process. -Right. But it would seem to me,
at first glance, that that’s where you’d end up. But, again, I’m not
gonna prejudge the process. And wh-why would you say
it’s inappropriate? Why? Because what you don’t do
as president of the United States is say, “Why don’t we get
our attorney general involved “with a foreign power
to help wipe out a domestic political foe?” That crosses a red line. Well, I guess you’re
not drinking the Kool-Aid. -(laughs) -Thank you so much
for being on the show. Good luck with the race.
It’s gonna be interesting. Mark Sanford, everybody.

‘Treason Pure And Simple’: Weld, Sanford, Walsh React To Trump Call | Morning Joe | MSNBC


THEY JOIN>>>WELCOME BACK.>>>WELCOME BACK. PRESIDENT TRUMP’S APPROVAL PRESIDENT TRUMP’S APPROVAL RATING IS AT OR BELOW 45% IN 10 RATING IS AT OR BELOW 45% IN 10 OF THE STATES HE WON IN 2016. OF THE STATES HE WON IN 2016. THAT’S ACCORDING TO GALLOP. THAT’S ACCORDING TO GALLOP. THOSE STATES INCLUDE TEXAS, THOSE STATES INCLUDE TEXAS, IOWA, GEORGIA, FLORIDA, OHIO AND IOWA, GEORGIA, FLORIDA, OHIO AND ARIZONA. ARIZONA. ARIZONA IS AMONG A HANDFUL OF ARIZONA IS AMONG A HANDFUL OF STATES THAT HAS SCRAPPED ITS STATES THAT HAS SCRAPPED ITS 2020 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL 2020 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY. PRIMARY. OVER THE WEEKEND, ALASKA BECAME OVER THE WEEKEND, ALASKA BECAME THE LATEST TO JOIN THAT GROUP THE LATEST TO JOIN THAT GROUP WHEN THAT STATE’S REPUBLICAN WHEN THAT STATE’S REPUBLICAN PARTY PASSED A RULE STATING A PARTY PASSED A RULE STATING A PRIMARY WOULD SERVE NO USEFUL PRIMARY WOULD SERVE NO USEFUL PURPOSE BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP IS PURPOSE BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. THE THREE REPUBLICAN CHALLENGERS THE THREE REPUBLICAN CHALLENGERS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP RECENTLY TO PRESIDENT TRUMP RECENTLY BANDED TOGETHER TO WRITE AN BANDED TOGETHER TO WRITE AN OP-ED FOR THE WASHINGTON POST OP-ED FOR THE WASHINGTON POST WARNING WHY CANCELING JOP WARNING WHY CANCELING JOP PRIMARIES IS A CRITICAL MISTAKE, PRIMARIES IS A CRITICAL MISTAKE, AND THE THREE CANDIDATES JOIN US AND THE THREE CANDIDATES JOIN US NOW. NOW. FORMER CONGRESSMAN JOE WALSH OF FORMER CONGRESSMAN JOE WALSH OF ILLINOIS. ILLINOIS. MARK SANFORD OF SOUTH CAROLINA MARK SANFORD OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND FORMER GOVERNOR BILL WELD OF AND FORMER GOVERNOR BILL WELD OF MASSACHUSETTS. MASSACHUSETTS.>>GOVERNOR, LET’S BEGIN WITH>>GOVERNOR, LET’S BEGIN WITH YOU. YOU. IT’S RICH, IS IT NOT THAT DONALD IT’S RICH, IS IT NOT THAT DONALD TRUMP SPENT THE ENTIRE 2016 TRUMP SPENT THE ENTIRE 2016 CAMPAIGN CAN FIRST WHINING ABOUT CAMPAIGN CAN FIRST WHINING ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES BEING THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES BEING RIGGED AGAINST HIM BY INSIDERS. RIGGED AGAINST HIM BY INSIDERS. AND THEN COMPLAINING THAT AND THEN COMPLAINING THAT HILLARY CLINTON’S DEMOCRATIC HILLARY CLINTON’S DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY WAS RIGGED AGAINST PRIMARY WAS RIGGED AGAINST BERNIE SANDERS. BERNIE SANDERS. AND YET HERE HE IS WORKING AND YET HERE HE IS WORKING FURIOUSLY, GOVERNOR WELD, FURIOUSLY, GOVERNOR WELD, WORKING FURIOUSLY TO ACTUALLY WORKING FURIOUSLY TO ACTUALLY HAVE PRIMARY ELECTIONS CANCELLED HAVE PRIMARY ELECTIONS CANCELLED AND WIPED OFF THE BOOK AND HIM AND WIPED OFF THE BOOK AND HIM BEING DECLARED THE WINNER BEING DECLARED THE WINNER WITHOUT ONE PERSON BEING ABLE TO WITHOUT ONE PERSON BEING ABLE TO VOTE IN THOSE STATES. VOTE IN THOSE STATES.>>WELL, OBVIOUSLY, CANCELING>>WELL, OBVIOUSLY, CANCELING PRIMARIES UNDER MINES DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES UNDER MINES DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS, BUT THAT’S FAR FROM ELECTIONS, BUT THAT’S FAR FROM THE DEEPEST DIVE CRIME THAT THE THE DEEPEST DIVE CRIME THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS COMMITTED HERE. PRESIDENT HAS COMMITTED HERE. HE HAS NOW ACKNOWLEDGED THAT IN HE HAS NOW ACKNOWLEDGED THAT IN A SINGLE PHONE CALL RIGHT AFTER A SINGLE PHONE CALL RIGHT AFTER HE SUSPENDED $250 MILLION OF HE SUSPENDED $250 MILLION OF MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE, HE MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE, HE CALLED UP THE PRESIDENT OF CALLED UP THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE AND PRESSED HIM EIGHT UKRAINE AND PRESSED HIM EIGHT TIMES TO INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN TIMES TO INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN WHO THE PRESIDENT THINKS IS WHO THE PRESIDENT THINKS IS GOING TO BE RUNNING AGAINST HIM. GOING TO BE RUNNING AGAINST HIM. TALK ABOUT PRESSURING A FOREIGN TALK ABOUT PRESSURING A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO INTERFERE WITH AND COUNTRY TO INTERFERE WITH AND CONTROL A U.S. ELECTION. CONTROL A U.S. ELECTION. IT COULDN’T BE CLEARER. IT COULDN’T BE CLEARER. AND THAT’S NOT JUST UNDERMINING AND THAT’S NOT JUST UNDERMINING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. THAT IS TREASON. THAT IS TREASON. IT’S TREASON PURE AND SIMPLE. IT’S TREASON PURE AND SIMPLE. AND THE PENALTY FOR TREASON AND THE PENALTY FOR TREASON UNDER THE U.S. CODE IS DEATH. UNDER THE U.S. CODE IS DEATH. THAT’S THE ONLY PENALTY. THAT’S THE ONLY PENALTY. THE PENALTY ON THE CONSTITUTION THE PENALTY ON THE CONSTITUTION IS REMOVAL FROM OFFICE. IS REMOVAL FROM OFFICE. AND THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE A AND THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE A PRETTY GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO THE PRETTY GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO THE PRESIDENT IF HE CAN WORK OUT A PRESIDENT IF HE CAN WORK OUT A PLEA DEAL. PLEA DEAL.>>CONGRESSMAN JOE WALSH.>>CONGRESSMAN JOE WALSH. DO YOU AGREE? DO YOU AGREE?>>THIS ISN’T COMPLICATED.>>THIS ISN’T COMPLICATED. I BEGIN WHERE YOU ENDED. I BEGIN WHERE YOU ENDED. DONALD TRUMP NEEDS TO BE DONALD TRUMP NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED, PERIOD. IMPEACHED, PERIOD. AS BILL WELD JUST SAID, HE TOLD AS BILL WELD JUST SAID, HE TOLD A FOREIGN LEADER TWO MONTHS AGO A FOREIGN LEADER TWO MONTHS AGO TO INTERFERE IN OUR 2020 TO INTERFERE IN OUR 2020 ELECTION. ELECTION. HE NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED. HE NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED. HE HAS OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE. HE HAS OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE. IN 2016 HE ENCOURAGED AND IN 2016 HE ENCOURAGED AND WELCOMED RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN WELCOMED RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTION. OUR ELECTION. HE IS A KING. HE IS A KING. HE IS A WOULD-BE DICTATOR. HE IS A WOULD-BE DICTATOR. THIS ISN’T COMPLICATED. THIS ISN’T COMPLICATED. 2020 IS A REFERENDUM ON TRUMP. 2020 IS A REFERENDUM ON TRUMP. IT’S NOT ABOUT ANY ISSUE. IT’S NOT ABOUT ANY ISSUE. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE DEBT. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE DEBT. IT’S NOT ABOUT TARIFFS. IT’S NOT ABOUT TARIFFS. IT’S ABOUT THIS MAN WHO IS IT’S ABOUT THIS MAN WHO IS UNFIT, THIS MAN WHO IS A CLEAR UNFIT, THIS MAN WHO IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THIS AND PRESENT DANGER TO THIS COUNTRY F. MY COUNTRY F. MY COUNTRY. COUNTRY. IF MY PARTY CONTINUES THE IF MY PARTY CONTINUES THE SILENCE THE PARTY WILL BE DEAD SILENCE THE PARTY WILL BE DEAD AFTER 2020. AFTER 2020.>>GOVERNOR SANFORD, YOU HAVE>>GOVERNOR SANFORD, YOU HAVE JUST HEARD GOVERNOR WELD JUST HEARD GOVERNOR WELD INDICATE THAT HE FEELS IT IS INDICATE THAT HE FEELS IT IS TREASON. TREASON. YOU HEARD JOE TALK ABOUT THE YOU HEARD JOE TALK ABOUT THE MISGIVINGS ABOUT WHAT HE IS MISGIVINGS ABOUT WHAT HE IS DOING EVERY DAY AS PRESIDENT. DOING EVERY DAY AS PRESIDENT. SO MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WHY SO SO MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WHY SO MANY OF YOUR FORMER COLLEAGUES MANY OF YOUR FORMER COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND GOVERNORS AROUND THE COUNTRY AND GOVERNORS AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO YOU KNOW, REPUBLICANS WHO WHO YOU KNOW, REPUBLICANS WHO YOU KNOW, WHY DO THEY SELL THEIR YOU KNOW, WHY DO THEY SELL THEIR SOULS TO SILENCE RATHER THAN SOULS TO SILENCE RATHER THAN STANDING UP FOR THE UNITED STANDING UP FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? STATES OF AMERICA?>>WELL, THE OBVIOUS, THE NAME>>WELL, THE OBVIOUS, THE NAME OF THE GAME IS STAYING IN THE OF THE GAME IS STAYING IN THE GAME FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IN GAME FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IN POLITICS. POLITICS. EVERYBODY IS DRAWING THEIR OWN EVERYBODY IS DRAWING THEIR OWN LINE IN TERMS OF WHERE THEY ARE LINE IN TERMS OF WHERE THEY ARE ON THAT PARTICULAR DEBATE. ON THAT PARTICULAR DEBATE. I THINK YOU KNOW WHERE THE THREE I THINK YOU KNOW WHERE THE THREE OF US ARE. OF US ARE. I WOULD GO BACK SIMPLY TO THE I WOULD GO BACK SIMPLY TO THE OP-ED WHICH IS AT THE END OF THE OP-ED WHICH IS AT THE END OF THE DAY, HOLDING ELECTIONS — DAY, HOLDING ELECTIONS — HOLDING OR NOT HOLDING ELECTIONS HOLDING OR NOT HOLDING ELECTIONS IS THE KEY TO MAKING A DEMOCRACY IS THE KEY TO MAKING A DEMOCRACY IN A REPUBLIC WORK. IN A REPUBLIC WORK. THE IDEA OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THE IDEA OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BEING THE PARTY ABOUT BEING THE PARTY ABOUT DISENFRANCHISEMENT IN TERMS OF DISENFRANCHISEMENT IN TERMS OF VOTER INVOLVEMENT I THINK IS A VOTER INVOLVEMENT I THINK IS A REALLY BAD SIGNAL TO BE SENDING. REALLY BAD SIGNAL TO BE SENDING. I THINK THIS IDEA OF DISBANDING I THINK THIS IDEA OF DISBANDING ELECTIONS IS ALSO BAD JUST ON ELECTIONS IS ALSO BAD JUST ON THE STANDPOINT OF PRODUCING THE STANDPOINT OF PRODUCING BETTER CANDIDATES. BETTER CANDIDATES. THE IDEA OF FOOTBALL TEAMS THE IDEA OF FOOTBALL TEAMS SAYING WE WILL NOT PRACTICE THIS SAYING WE WILL NOT PRACTICE THIS WEEK. WEEK. WE’RE JUST GOING TO SAVE OUR WE’RE JUST GOING TO SAVE OUR ENERGY FOR THE GAME ON FRIDAY ENERGY FOR THE GAME ON FRIDAY NIGHT WOULD BE VIEWED AS CRAZY NIGHT WOULD BE VIEWED AS CRAZY BY A COACH. BY A COACH. YET THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE YET THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS DOING IN REPUBLICAN PARTY IS DOING IN SOUTH CAROLINA WHERE THEY SAID SOUTH CAROLINA WHERE THEY SAID WE ARE JUST GOING TO HOLD ON TO WE ARE JUST GOING TO HOLD ON TO EVERYTHING AND JUST WAIT UNTIL EVERYTHING AND JUST WAIT UNTIL NEXT NOVEMBER. NEXT NOVEMBER. YOU HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF YOU HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF CANDIDATES ON THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE SCRIMMAGEING AND PLAYING SIDE SCRIMMAGEING AND PLAYING AWFULLY HARD GETTING READY FOR AWFULLY HARD GETTING READY FOR THAT GAME COME NOVEMBER NEXT. THAT GAME COME NOVEMBER NEXT.>>MICHAEL STEEL HERE.>>MICHAEL STEEL HERE. GOOD TO SEE ALL OF YOUR GOOD TO SEE ALL OF YOUR GENTLEMEN. GENTLEMEN. I WANT TO THROW IT ON THE TABLE I WANT TO THROW IT ON THE TABLE STARTING WITH GOVERNOR SANFORD. STARTING WITH GOVERNOR SANFORD. THE RNC COUPLED WITH THE VARIOUS THE RNC COUPLED WITH THE VARIOUS STATES TO THE POINT YOU WERE STATES TO THE POINT YOU WERE JUST MAKING DECIDED TO START TO JUST MAKING DECIDED TO START TO SHUT DOWN THE PRIMARY PROCESS. SHUT DOWN THE PRIMARY PROCESS. ARE YOU OR ALL THREE OF YOU ARE YOU OR ALL THREE OF YOU PREPARED TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION, PREPARED TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION, BRING SOME LEGAL RECOURSE TO THE BRING SOME LEGAL RECOURSE TO THE CONVERSATION ON BEHALF OF CONVERSATION ON BEHALF OF YOURSELVES AND THE PRIMARY YOURSELVES AND THE PRIMARY PROCESS? PROCESS? HOW CITIZENS ARE BEING HOW CITIZENS ARE BEING DISENFRANCHISED FROM THE PROCESS DISENFRANCHISED FROM THE PROCESS ON A LARGER SCALE BY BEGINNING ON A LARGER SCALE BY BEGINNING TO SHUT DOWN THE EFFORT TO GO TO SHUT DOWN THE EFFORT TO GO OUT AND VOTE FOR A ANYONE OF OUT AND VOTE FOR A ANYONE OF YOU. YOU. IT’S A COMPETITIVE PROCESS. IT’S A COMPETITIVE PROCESS.>>SURE.>>SURE. I ACTUALLY HELD A SERIES OF I ACTUALLY HELD A SERIES OF PRESS CONFERENCES ACROSS SOUTH PRESS CONFERENCES ACROSS SOUTH CAROLINA LAST MONDAY. CAROLINA LAST MONDAY. I TALKED ABOUT WAIT A MINUTE, I TALKED ABOUT WAIT A MINUTE, NOT ONLY IS IT ABOUT NOT ONLY IS IT ABOUT DISENFRANCHISEMENT, THIS IS DISENFRANCHISEMENT, THIS IS ABOUT SOMETHING A WHOLE LOT ABOUT SOMETHING A WHOLE LOT SIMPLER WHICH IS IT DOESN’T MAKE SIMPLER WHICH IS IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE. ANY SENSE. THE WORLD OF POLITICS, IF YOU THE WORLD OF POLITICS, IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO PICK UP AN HAVE A CHANCE TO PICK UP AN ALLEGED 80% OR 90% WIN WHICH IS ALLEGED 80% OR 90% WIN WHICH IS WHAT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN SUGGESTS WHAT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN SUGGESTS THEY HAVE, YOU TAKE IT. THEY HAVE, YOU TAKE IT. PARTICULARLY IF IT IS THE FIRST PARTICULARLY IF IT IS THE FIRST IN THE SOUTH PRIMARY. IN THE SOUTH PRIMARY. IT SAYS TO A LOT OF FOLKS THAT IT SAYS TO A LOT OF FOLKS THAT TRUMP SUPPORTERS ARE A MILE WIDE TRUMP SUPPORTERS ARE A MILE WIDE AND AN INCH DEEP. AND AN INCH DEEP.>>TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, YES,>>TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, YES, WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT THIS WITH WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT THIS WITH EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT. EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT. THIS IS ABOUT THIS IS ABOUT DISENFRANCHISEMENT. DISENFRANCHISEMENT. THIS ISN’T RUSSIA. THIS ISN’T RUSSIA. THIS ISN’T CHINA. THIS ISN’T CHINA. YOU JUST CAN’T CANCEL ELECTIONS YOU JUST CAN’T CANCEL ELECTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT’S WHAT DONALD TRUMP IS THAT’S WHAT DONALD TRUMP IS DOING. DOING. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THIS MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THIS IS DONALD TRUMP TELLING THE IS DONALD TRUMP TELLING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BOSSES WHAT REPUBLICAN PARTY BOSSES WHAT FOODO, BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN FOODO, BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BOSSES, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BOSSES, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ESTABLISHMENT, ALL THEY PARTY ESTABLISHMENT, ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS WASH THEIR WANT TO DO IS WASH THEIR DICTATOR’S FEET EVERY DAY Y. GO DICTATOR’S FEET EVERY DAY Y. GO BACK TO WHAT I SAID BEFORE. BACK TO WHAT I SAID BEFORE. THIS PRESIDENT NEEDS TO BE THIS PRESIDENT NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED. IMPEACHED. THAT’S ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW. THAT’S ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NEEDS TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NEEDS TO HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO WHAT’S HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT. RIGHT.>>GOVERNOR WELD, YOU WENT A>>GOVERNOR WELD, YOU WENT A LITTLE BIT FURTHER THAN JUST LITTLE BIT FURTHER THAN JUST IMPEACHMENT IN YOUR PRIOR IMPEACHMENT IN YOUR PRIOR COMMENTS. COMMENTS. AND I JUST WANT TO CONTINUE WITH AND I JUST WANT TO CONTINUE WITH THAT A BIT. THAT A BIT. YOU SAID THAT DONALD TRUMP HAS YOU SAID THAT DONALD TRUMP HAS COMMITTED TREASON AND THE COMMITTED TREASON AND THE PENALTY FOR TREASON UNDER PENALTY FOR TREASON UNDER AMERICAN LAW IS DEATH. AMERICAN LAW IS DEATH. WHAT’S THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK HERE? WHAT’S THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK HERE? HAVE YOU LOOKED INTO THIS? HAVE YOU LOOKED INTO THIS? HOW DO YOU SEE THIS PROCEEDING? HOW DO YOU SEE THIS PROCEEDING?>>THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK IS UNDER>>THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK IS UNDER THE U.S. CODE. THE U.S. CODE. THE ONLY PENALTY FOR TREASON IS THE ONLY PENALTY FOR TREASON IS DEATH. DEATH. GROUNDS FOR REMOVAL OF OFFICE, GROUNDS FOR REMOVAL OF OFFICE, IMPEACHMENT ARE TREASON, BRIBERY IMPEACHMENT ARE TREASON, BRIBERY OR OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND OR OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS. MISDEMEANORS. WE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BRIBERY ANYMORE. BRIBERY ANYMORE. WE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS ALTHOUGH I THINK HE MISDEMEANORS ALTHOUGH I THINK HE COMMITTED MANY. COMMITTED MANY. WE HAVE TREASON. WE HAVE TREASON. WE CAN GO RIGHT FOR THE HOOP. WE CAN GO RIGHT FOR THE HOOP. THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN TRYING THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN TRYING TO CANCEL THIS ELECTION FOR TO CANCEL THIS ELECTION FOR MONTHS. MONTHS. HE TRIED TO CANCEL THE NEW HE TRIED TO CANCEL THE NEW HAMPSHIRE FIRST IN THE NATION HAMPSHIRE FIRST IN THE NATION PRIMARY. PRIMARY. THAT WENT OVER LIKE A LEAD THAT WENT OVER LIKE A LEAD BALLOON IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BECAUSE BALLOON IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT STUPID. THEY’RE NOT STUPID. THE PEOPLE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WERE THE PEOPLE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WERE THE FIRST ONES TO STAND UP TO THE FIRST ONES TO STAND UP TO PRESIDENT TRUMP THIS YEAR. PRESIDENT TRUMP THIS YEAR. IT’S WELL PAST TIME FOR THIS IT’S WELL PAST TIME FOR THIS GUY, IN MY OPINION, TO BE CARTED GUY, IN MY OPINION, TO BE CARTED OFF TO SAVE US ALL. OFF TO SAVE US ALL. HE’S DARING US ALL TO LET HIM BE HE’S DARING US ALL TO LET HIM BE TOTALLY LAWLESS. TOTALLY LAWLESS. HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE LAW. HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE LAW. HE HAS NO KNOWLEDGE BASE UNDER HE HAS NO KNOWLEDGE BASE UNDER ANY ISSUES. ANY ISSUES. WHY DO WE WANT THIS MAN AS WHY DO WE WANT THIS MAN AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? I DON’T GET IT. I DON’T GET IT. NOW THE PATH IS CLEAR. NOW THE PATH IS CLEAR. IT’S A WHOLE NEW LEVEL, AND WE IT’S A WHOLE NEW LEVEL, AND WE HAVE TO COUNT NOSES AMONG THE HAVE TO COUNT NOSES AMONG THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE. REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE. IF THEY WON’T SAPE THIS IS A IF THEY WON’T SAPE THIS IS A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR US, THEN THEY BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR US, THEN THEY REALLY HAVE NO CHANCE AT THE REALLY HAVE NO CHANCE AT THE BALLOT BOX NEXT YEAR, NOT JUST BALLOT BOX NEXT YEAR, NOT JUST PRESIDENT TRUMP BUT THOSE PRESIDENT TRUMP BUT THOSE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE. MEMBERS OF THE SENATE.>>ALL RIGHT.>>ALL RIGHT. MARK SANFORD, WILLIAM WELD AND MARK SANFORD, WILLIAM WELD AND JOE WALSH. JOE WALSH. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR BEING THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. WITH US.>>I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS>>I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS JOINT INTERVIEW. JOINT INTERVIEW.>>>UP NEXT, JUDGING BY THE>>>UP NEXT, JUDGING BY THE PRINCIPLES HELD UP BY MIKE PENCE PRINCIPLES HELD UP BY MIKE PENCE OVER DECADES. OVER DECADES. HE WOULDN’T BE STANDING FOR ANY HE WOULDN’T BE STANDING FOR ANY OF THIS. OF THIS. HOW DOES THE VICE PRESIDENT HOW DOES THE VICE PRESIDENT RATIONALIZE HIS SERVICE TO RATIONALIZE HIS SERVICE TO DONALD TRUMP? DONALD TRUMP? WE’LL TALK TO THE AUTHOR OF THE

Republican presidential challenger Sanford hopes to connect with voters


>>YES, MA’AM. ADAM: MARK SANFORD WANTS TO BE
OF SERVICE. HE’S DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO
MEET VOTERS ON THE FIRST IN THE
NATION CAMPAIGN TRAIL.>>IF YOU LOVE PEOPLE, THERE’S
NOTHING BETTER THAN POLITICS IN
TERMS OF YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN
THINGS, TO HEAR POINTS OF VIEW.>>WHY DO YOU WANT TO TAKE MY
GUNS?>>I DON’T WANT TO TAKE YOUR
GUNS. ADAM: SOME ASSUME THE FORMER
SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR AND
CONGRESSMAN IS ONE OF THE MANY
DEMOCRATS SEEKING THE WHITE
HOUSE, BUT HE’S A CONSERVATIVE
REPUBLICAN MOUNTING A PRIMARY CHALLENGE TO PRESIDENT DONALD
TRUMP.>>I THINK THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
HAS LOST ITS WAY OF LATE. I THINK A LOT OF THE THINGS
WE’VE TRADITIONALLY STOOD FOR
HAVE GONE BY THE WAYSIDE. ADAM: FOR SANFORD, THAT MEANS
CHANGING THE TONE IN THE OVAL
OFFICE, AND CUTTING SPENDING ON
CAPITOL HILL. IT IS A MESSAGE THAT HIT HOME
WITH AT LEAST A FEW REPUBLICANS
IN DOWNTOWN EXETER FRIDAY.>>GOOD LUCK.>>THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS BEEN
HIJACKED. THOSE OF US WHO WANT DECENCY,
THOSE OF US WHO WANT A
GOVERNMENT WE LOOK UP TO, THOSE
OF US WHO WANT TO BE LED BY
STATESMEN WHO ARE THOUGHTFUL AND
WELL-READ, AND KNOWLEDGEABLE, HAVE NOWHERE TO GO. ADAM: NOT EVERY REPUBLICAN IS AS
WELCOMING. SANFORD IS ASKING FOR VOTERS TO
JUST GIVE HIM A LOOK.>>NEW HAMPSHIRE COULD SEND AN
INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT SIGNAL TO
THE REST OF THE NATION ON HOW
IMPORTANT IT IS WE GET OUR
FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER. ADAM: SANFORD WON’T GET THE
CHANCE TO MAKE THAT CASE IN HIS
NATIVE SOUTH CAROLINA. REPUBLICANS ARE REFUSING TO HOLD
A FIRST IN THE SOUTH PRIMARY IN
2020. BUT HERE, SOME VOTERS PREDICT HE
COULD FIND A RECEPTIVE AUDIENCE
WITH AN ANTI-TRUMP,
ANTI-WASHINGTON MESSAGE.>>THERE’S A LOT OF
DISSATISFACTION WITH D.C. RIGHT
NOW ON BOTH SIDES OF THE LINE,
AND EVEN MODERATES. AD

Corey Lewandowski’s Congressional Testimony


-Let’s get to the news. According to fact checkers,
President Trump made at least 26
false statements last night during his rally
in New Mexico. And that was just during
the sound check. “Check, one, two,
check, one, two. I invented Jet Skis.
Check, one, two.” During former Trump campaign
manager Corey Lewandowski’s appearance before
Congress today, one representative
called Lewandowski “some kind of Forrest Gump
relating to corruption” due to his appearance
in numerous scandals. Hey, if the haircut fits. [ Laughter ] President Trump watched
his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s
Congressional testimony today from aboard Air Force One. And when you’re trying to
prove you’re not a criminal, it doesn’t help that your boss is watching
from the getaway car. “Don’t land yet.
I want to see how this goes.” [ Laughter ] During an event
in South Carolina yesterday, Republican presidential
challenger Mark Sanford held a mock debate against a cardboard cutout
of President Trump. You could tell the cutout
wasn’t the real Trump because it made
some good points. [ Laughter ] According… [ Cheers and applause ] According to a new study, couples who have been married
longer have fewer arguments. Mainly because
they’ve stopped talking. [ Laughter ] Following her rally
in New York last night, Senator Elizabeth Warren
spent four hours taking selfies with supporters. Meanwhile, Bernie took one
selfie that lasted four hours because the camera was
accidentally set to video. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] And… finally, Australian news outlets
are reporting that a fire
at a genetics laboratory caused a massive explosion of
cryogenically frozen bull semen. Also causing a massive explosion
of bull semen? This little lady.
[ Laughter ]

Why are some states canceling their GOP primaries and caucuses?


-The three people
are a total joke. They’re a joke. They’re a laughingstock. -Some Republican Party
state officials are canceling GOP primaries and caucuses
for the 2020 election. So far, Nevada, South Carolina,
Arizona, and Kansas have nixed plans
to hold these events. This means that residents
of these states will not have the option
to vote for President Trump’s Republican
primary challengers, Joe Walsh, Mark Sanford,
and Bill Weld. This is especially significant
in South Carolina and Nevada, two of the earliest
voting states in the primary
election cycle. Winning primaries
and caucuses here is key for any candidate seeking
their party’s nomination. -I would say this —
they’re all at less than 1%. I guess it’s a publicity stunt. -While the move clearly benefits
Trump by eliminating his competitors
from these early ballots, canceling primary elections
is actually common. The decision to hold a primary
or caucus is ultimately left up to the
party officials in that state. There are several instances
of state party leadership making the decision to forego
their nominating contests during a sitting
incumbent’s reelection year. This happened in 1992
during President George H. W.
Bush’s reelection bid. Eight states canceled
the Republican primaries and caucuses. His son, who faced
no major challengers, received the same treatment during his reelection
campaign in 2004, when 10 states canceled
their primaries. And it happens on both sides
of the aisle. When President Barack Obama
ran for a second term in 2012, 10 states canceled Democratic
primaries and caucuses. As for the 2020 primary season,
President Trump has said that canceling these elections
will save states money. -And those four states
don’t want to waste their money. Having primary campaigns and having a primary election
is very expensive. -His primary opponents
see it differently. -South Carolina, Arizona,
Nevada, and Kansas. I mean, think about this,
Anderson. They are denying Americans
the right to vote. -The odds of these candidates securing the 2020
Republican nomination are slim, and without primaries
or caucuses in key states, they’re looking at even
more of an uphill battle.

Mark Sanford announces primary challenge to Trump


♪ ♪>>Chris: FORMER SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR AND CONGRESSMAN MARK SANFORD ADMITS A PRIMARY CHALLENGE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD BE A “DAVID VERSUS GOLIATH MOMENT” BUT HE’S THINKING ABOUT IT. GOVERNOR SANFORD JOINS US EXCLUSIVELY HERE IN WASHINGTON AND WELCOME BACK TO “FOX NEWS SUNDAY.”>>Governor Sanford: MY PLEASURE.>>Chris: IT YOU ANNOUNCED IN JULY THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERING RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES AGAINST DONALD TRUMP. HE VISITED EARLY VOTING STATES LIKE NEW HAMPSHIRE AND IOWA. HAVE YOU MADE A DECISION? ARE YOU GOING TO ENTER THE RACE AGAINST DONALD TRUMP?>>Governor Sanford: I HAVE. I PLANNED TO ANNOUNCE THAT BACK HOME THIS WEEK. WE HAD A HURRICANE COME VISIT US ON THE COAST OF SOUTH CAROLINA SO THAT SORT OF DISRUPTED PLANS ON BUT I AM TELLING YOU KNOW I AM GOING TO GET IN.>>Chris: YOU’RE GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP IN THE PRIMARIES?>>Governor Sanford: I AM.>>Chris: WHY?>>Governor Sanford: BECAUSE I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A REPUBLICAN. I THINK IS A REPUBLICAN PARTY WE HAVE LOST OUR WAY AND I SAY SO ON A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT FRONTS. I SAY FIRST AND SORT OF THE EPICENTER OF WHERE I’M COMING FROM IS THAT WE HAVE LOST OUR WAY ON DEBT AND DEFICIT SPENDING. ONE OF THE HALLMARKS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN HOW MUCH DO WE SPEND. THE ULTIMATE MEASURE OF GOVERNMENT IS HOW MUCH IT SPEND SPENDS. I THINK AS A PARTY WE’VE LOST OUR WAY. THE PRESIDENT HAS CALLED HIMSELF THE KING OF DEBT. A FAMILIARITY AND COMFORTABLE WITH DEBT THAT I THINK IS ULTIMATELY LEADING US IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. WE CAN GET INTO THOSE NUMBERS BUT THE NUMBERS ARE ASTOUNDING. JUST TAKE FOR INSTANCE HAS A DATA POINT THIS LAST DEAL THAT ADDS TO TRILLIONS R ADDS TO TRILLIONS L ADDS TO TRILLIONS I ADDS TO TRILLIONS N ADDS TO TRILLIONS E ADDS TO TRILLIONS T ADDS TO TRILLIONS . A THIRD OF A TRILLION DOLLARS IN NEW SPENDING AND REALLY THERE WASN’T CONVERSATION ON. I’D SAY THE EPICENTER IS WITH GOD TO HAVE NATIONAL CONVERSATION AND REPUBLICAN CONVERSATION ON WHERE ARE WE GOING.>>Chris: I GUESS HERE’S THE QUESTION –>>Governor Sanford: I WILL COME IN WITH SOME OTHERS.>>Chris: YOU GOT TO KNOW YOU BASICALLY HAVE NO CHANCE OF WINNING THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION, SO WHY RUN FOR PRESIDENT?>>Governor Sanford: I THINK HE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE SAID THAT THING TO DONALD TRUMP JUST A MATTER OF MONTHS AGO AS HE FACED THE LIKES OF JEB BUSH AND OTHERS.>>Chris: YOU WANT TO THINK OF A SERIOUS CHANCE?>>Governor Sanford: I’M SAYING YOU NEVER KNOW. I HAVE LISTED MY GOALS, MY PRIMARY GOALS TO SAY LET’S GO OUT AND FORCE AND TRY AND CREATE A CONVERSATION ON THAT WHICH IS NOT BEING TALKED ABOUT IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL CYCLE. ONCE EVERY FOUR YEARS WE HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE A NATIONAL DEBATE ON WHERE WE’RE GOING NEXT. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND AS AMERICANS AND THE THING THAT HAS BEEN LACKING IN THIS DEBATE HAS BEEN AN EARNEST AND REAL CONVERSATION ON DEBT AND DEFICIT AND GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND I FIND IT ASTOUNDING TO WATCH THE NUMBER OF DEMOCRATIC DEBATES THAT I’VE SEEN AND NO MENTION, NO CONVERSATION ON WHERE WE ARE GOING WITH REGARD TO DEBT AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR EVERYONE OF US.>>Chris: YOUR TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT DONALD TRUMP WAS A LONG SHOT FOUR YEARS AGO. FIRST OF ALL HE WASN’T RUNNING AGAINST AN INCUMBENT PRESIDENT OF HIS OWN PARTY. SECONDLY, LET’S LOOK AT SOME OF THE OBSTACLES THAT YOU FACED BECAUSE THERE ARE SIGNS — 85% APPROVE OF THE JOB THE PRESIDENT IS DOING SO HE’S GOT SUPPORT IN HIS OWN PARTY. A NUMBER OF STATES, INCLUDING HER HOME STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA JUST YESTERDAY HAVE DECIDED NOT TO HOLD PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES AT ALL AND THEY ARE HAS DONE AWAY WITH ITS COMMITTEE TO SET UP DEBATES. SO HOW DO YOU GET YOUR MESSAGE OUT — HOW DO YOU EVEN GET ON THE PLAYING FIELD WITH THE PRESIDENT TO HAVE THIS DEBATE?>>Governor Sanford: OR TALK ABOUT IT NOW, TALK ABOUT NATIONAL TELEVISION AND I’VE BEEN TALKING ON A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT OUTLOOKS OVER THE LAST MONTH OF I AS I’VE ENTERTAINED MONTH OF I AS I’VE ENTERTAINET MONTH OF I AS I’VE ENTERTAINEE IDEA. IT WOULD BE TO GO AND SPEND SERIOUS TIME IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND IOWA AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER STATES. AGAIN, THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A LONG WALK BUT IT BEGINS WITH THAT FIRST UP AND THAT’S WHAT I’M ANNOUNCING HERE TODAY. I WOULD ALSO SAY THIS, IT’S NOT JUST DEBT AND SPENDING, WHICH IS AGAIN MY PRIMARY FOCUS. THE FACT THAT WE ARE WALKING OUR WAY TOWARDS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL STORM I BELIEVE IN OUR COUNTRY SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE WALKING TOWARD AND I THINK WE NEED TO, AGAIN, TO HAVE A REAL CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM AND WHAT THAT MEANS IN OUR ABILITY TO ACHIEVE A JOB, WEALTH, AND ALL THOSE THINGS TO GO WITH THE AMERICAN DREAM. AT WHAT I WOULD ALSO SAY IS WE WILL HAVE A CONVERSATION ON WHERE WE GOING ON TRADE, PROTECTIONISM, TURNING INWARD VERSUS OUTWARD. ONE OF THE HALLMARKS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FOCUS ON THE WORLD AT LARGE AND THE RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT THOUGH WE WERE NOT ULTIMATELY IS A POPULATION THE BIG PLAYER IN THE WORLD, ECONOMICALLY WE WERE BECAUSE WE ENGAGED WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. IF YOU LOOK AT THE TRUMP TARIFFS, YOU’RE LOOKING AT ABOUT A THOUSAND DOLLARS PER HOUSEHOLD. “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL” HAD AN ARTICLE JUST YESTERDAY TALKING ABOUT YOU’RE LOOKING AT ABOUT A ONE POINT DETERIORATION IN THE RATE OF GROWTH GOING FORWARD. I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION THERE. THINK WE NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ON THE DEGREE TO WHICH INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICAL CULTURE ARE BEING DAMAGED BY THIS PRESIDENT. IN THOSE INSTITUTIONS AND THE POLITICAL CULTURE IS REALLY THE GLUE THAT HOLDS TOGETHER OUR BALANCE OF POWER. AND FINALLY I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ON HUMILITY AND ONE’S APPROACH TO POLITICS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, A TWEET IS INTERESTING, MAY BE NEWSWORTHY, BUT IT’S NOT LEADERSHIP AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO SOLVE SOME OF THE PROFOUND PROBLEMS WE HAVE AS AMERICANS BY TWEET.>>Chris: IT YOU’RE IN THE RACE NOW. YOU’RE GOING TO GET ASKED TOUGH QUESTIONS, LET ME ASK YOU THE MOST OBVIOUS ONE. I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY, THAT YOUR BEST KNOWN AROUND THE COUNTRY AS THE GOVERNOR WHO DISAPPEARED FOR A WEEK IN 2009. YOUR AIDES SAID YOU WERE HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. IN FACT YOU WERE A MARRIED GOVERNOR IN ARGENTINA WITH YOUR THEN-GIRLFRIEND. QUESTION, ISN’T THAT GOING TO BE A DEAL BREAKER FOR A LOT OF VOTERS?>>Governor Sanford: AGAIN, I ACTUALLY WENT ON AN APOLOGY TO HER, IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT, BACK HOME IN THE WAKE OF THAT IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF OF MY GOVERNORSHIP. AND WHAT I LEARNED THROUGH THAT IS I GUESS WHAT GENERAL MATTIS TALKS ABOUT, MISTAKES IN LIFE, MISTAKES THAT WE MAKE, OF THE GREAT TUITIONS OF LIFE. THEY COST US, BUT YOU CAN LEARN FROM THEM AND FOR ME, I LEARNED A LEVEL OF HUMILITY, A LEVEL OF EMPATHY THAT I DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE, A LEVEL OF JUDGMENT. IT IS SOMETHING OF GREAT REGRET, IT IS SOMETHING I HAVE APOLOGIZED EXTENSIVELY FOR AND IN CONTRAST TO THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE SAYS THERE’S NOT A SINGLE THING THAT HE REGRETS OR APOLOGIZES FOR, I PROFOUNDLY APOLOGIZE FOR THAT AND I BELIEVE IN THE CHRISTIAN MODEL OF REPENTANCE AND RENEWAL AND A SECOND CHANCE AND WHAT’S BEEN INTERESTING IN THE WAKE OF ALL THAT — THIS IS TEN YEARS AGO — IS THAT SUBSEQUENT TO THAT THE FOLKS WHO KNEW ME BEST BACK HOME SAID LOOK, WE DON’T APPROVE OF THAT CHAPTER OF YOUR LIFE OR HOW YOU HANDLED IT BUT WE ARE GOING TO GIVE YOU A SECOND CHANCE WE ARE GOING TO SEND YOU TO CONGRESS WHICH I DID FOR THE FOLLOWING SIX YEARS.>>Chris: AT YOU ON THE PRESIDENT HAVE SOME HISTORY JUST IN 2018 YOU WERE RUNNING FOR REELECTION AGAINST A WOMAN — AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE ON ELECTION DAY THE PRESIDENT ENDORSED HER OVER YOU AND YOU GUYS HADN’T GOTTEN ALONG FOR SOME PERIOD OF TIME AND AFTER YOU LOST IN THE PRIMARY, HE LAUGHED ABOUT IT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. HERE HE IS.>>SHE BEATS A MAN THAT LIKES FLAMINGO DANCERS FROM ARGENTINA. YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT. HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE VACATIONING ON THE TALLAHASSEE TRAIL, BUT HE WAS ACTUALLY IN ARGENTINA. I DON’T KNOW, DO THEY HAVE A TALLAHASSEE TRAIL IN ARGENTINA? I DON’T THINK. NO, RIGHT?>>Chris: HOW MUCH OF THIS IS PERSONAL?>>Governor Sanford: NONE. IF YOU LOOK AT MY 25 YEARS IN POLITICS, WHICH YOU FIND IS AN ABSOLUTE FOCUS — MOST FINANCIALLY CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT IN THE UNITED STATES AMERICA ALL THE DIFFERENT AGENCIES HAVE SEEN HOW CONSISTENTLY I TALK ABOUT THIS. WE ARE NEARING A TIPPING POINT. MY’S GRANDKIDS — IT’S NOT PERSONAL BUT IT IS INDICATIVE OF THE WHERE THE PRESIDENT MAKES TOO MANY THINGS PERSONAL. THINK OF THIS, MY VOTING RECORD WAS MORE THAN 90% WITH THE PRESIDENT. 90%. I LOVE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, BUT I DON’T AGREE WITH THEM 90% AND YET WE GET ALONG JUST FINE. BUT THAT’S NOT THE WORLD OF TRUMP. THE WORLD OF TRUMP’S PERSONAL LOYALTY AND I BELIEVE AS A CONSERVATIVE OR LOYALTY IS TO BE TWO IDEALS AND IDEAS AND WE AGREED ON 90% — A HANDFUL OF THINGS AND THEREFORE IT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH. THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT.>>Chris: LESS THAN A MINUTE LEFT AND I WANT TO JUST PICK UP ON THAT BECAUSE YOU POINT OUT THAT THE G.O.P., THE PRESIDENT HAS MOVED THE G.O.P. AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL VALUES LIKE THE DEFICITS AND FREE-TRADE AND AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE WORLD. HOW — IN A MINUTE, HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY’S ALLEGIANCE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP DESPITE ALL THIS?>>Governor Sanford: AGAIN, IF THE EXACT THING THAT GOT HIM ELECTED. PEOPLE LOOK AT HILLARY CLINTON VERSUS DONALD TRUMP AND SAID OKAY, I MAY NOT LIKE SOME OF WHAT HE DOES OR SOME OF HOW HE HANDLES THINGS, BUT I WILL PICK HIM OVER HER. THEY HAVEN’T HAD A CHOICE AND THAT’S WHY I’M RUNNING. I THINK THAT AMERICANS DESERVE A CHOICE THAT HAS HAD A REAL EXECUTIVE BRANCH EXPERIENCE, WHICH I HAD OVER TWO TERMS AS GOVERNOR, REAL LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE, WHAT I HAD OVER 12 YEARS IN THE U.S. CONGRESS. AND I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT A LOT OF THOSE POLLS, ABOUT HALF OF THEM SAY WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PRESIDENT — WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A CONVERSATION WITHIN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.>>Chris: AND NOW YOU’RE GOING TO PROVIDE IT.

Trump calls out GOP challenger’s past affair. See his response.


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States CANCELLING Republican Primaries to Protect Trump


every time we’ve talked about primary challenges
to Donald Trump in 2020 I’ve been super clear that those challenges are not going to succeed
in the sense of Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee unless he bails out. But I have said that the primary challenges
could still damage Trump and even a point or two taken from Trump in some states is
all it would take for an independent, uh, a Republican primary challenger who chooses
to run as an independent in November of 2020 to take a state or two from Donald Trump and
push it towards the Democratic challenger. And that could actually turn the election. Now, clearly the democratic, I’m sorry, the
Republican Party is worried about this because they’ve now started canceling primaries and
caucuses to protect Donald Trump and to prevent anyone from getting any attention or momentum. Now, Trump loyalists have gotten into the
system in South Carolina and Nevada, Arizona and Kansas at minimum. And they are moving forward on canceling primaries
altogether, which is not very democratic. Wouldn’t the right thing to do be to let the
primaries happen. Let Republican voters confirm that they want
Trump to be their nominee. Trump says he is 94% support from the Republicans. That’s not true. It’s more like 80% but 80% is still more than
enough to win primaries except that that other 20% might be invigorated by those primaries
and vote for those primary challengers in November if they run as independent or as
right in candidates in a way that it could threaten Donald Trump in the general. Now the Trump team is saying this is totally
normal. This is fine. There are many other examples in history when
primaries have been canceled, when there been an incumbent president up for reelection,
but that is extremely deceptive because the primaries that were previously canceled were
almost exclusively canceled because there were no challengers, so there was no point
in having the primary when only the incumbent is interested in running. This is a very different situation where you
have multiple primary challengers, Joe Walsh, William Weld. There’s a third one that now I’m forgetting. Uh, and one fifth of Republican’s disapprove
of Donald Trump. So this is a very different scenario. Now a somewhat asked Donald Trump on Monday,
would he participate in debates against these challengers? And he said, quote, I don’t know them. I would say this, they are all at less than
1% I guess it’s a publicity stunt. We just got a little while ago a poll showing
94% popularity or approval within the Republican Party. So to be honest, I’m not looking to get them
any credibility. They have no credibility. Now again, Trump’s wrong. It’s about 80% of Republicans that approve
of the job he’s doing, not 94%, but this is how they win. They cancel primaries, they Gerrymander, they
suppress votes by closing down polling places and purging voter rolls. They have no interest in genuinely protecting
our election systems from foreign interference. And they even welcome it. And then they blame Democrats of doing all
the same things and they spend millions on real witch hunts, like the election integrity
commission or whatever it was that it was called, which found nothing. They’ve been cheating to win for years. It is not going to stop for sure unless Donald
Trump has removed because we’ll have a census in 2020, which will then be used by these
same republicans to make it even worse and then it’ll get even uglier. And I forgot to mention, by the way, gaslighting
constantly by demonizing those evil undocumented immigrants too, it’s important not to forget
that since that’s a key part of their strategy, they say that they’re all for freedom and
democracy as long as it’s their candidate in the way that they want it and the people
voting that they want to see voting period. Otherwise Freedom and democracy always take
a back seat to morality or simplicity or expediency or whatever they can site at the time to justify
their behavior. And we are seeing it again as the primaries
that Republicans should be holding are getting canceled, uh, in growing numbers, which we
will continue to track. Not Surprising, not surprising, but important
to understand that this is happening.