Mark Sanford, a Republican former SC governor and congressman, announced plans to suspend his GOP presidential campaign in Concord, N.H. on Tuesday (Paul Steinhauser/Fox News).
Sanford's unofficial slogan for his 2020 campaign was, "Sometimes in life you've got to say what you've got to say, whether there's an audience or not for that message", as he said this summer. Sanford also argued that there is "no appetite on the right for a nuanced conversation on the fiscal deficit".
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The two-time congressman's platform of cutting government spending and lowering the national debt failed to garner widespread support, and the Mount Pleasant Republican was denied by his own state party the chance to challenge President Donald Trump in South Carolina's 2020 presidential primary. He participated in forums with the other two candidates, former congressman Joe Walsh of IL and former MA governor Bill Weld, but to his frustration there was little interest in his campaign platform to shrink federal spending.
Sanford - one of three long-shot contenders who launched GOP primary challenges against President Trump - made the announcement in a Tuesday news conference with reporters outside the New Hampshire Statehouse.
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Sanford noted that he needs to see "what makes sense, in advancing the idea that I believe in, which is we're spending too much money in Washington DC. I think as a Republican party we have lost our way".
Sanford added that it was his "hope and intention to find new ways to raise and elevate these vital themes".
His tenure as South Carolina's chief executive from 2003 to 2011 has been tarnished by a 2009 scandal where Sanford was caught lying about his whereabouts claiming to be hiking the Appalachian Trail when he was actually in South America with an Argentine mistress.
"It was but then he ran for Congress and won, only to lose his re-elect after I Tweeted my endorsement, on Election Day, for his opponent. That's being denied to the President of the United States".
According to the latest CNN/University of New Hampshire poll, Sanford was supported by just 1% of Republican voters in the state.
"I'm going to look at whoever is going to talk in this presidential debate about that simple fact", Sanford said.