Full Sanford: Talk Of Presidential Challenge Began The Day I Lost My Primary | Meet The Press

Full Sanford: Talk Of Presidential Challenge Began The Day I Lost My Primary | Meet The Press


OFFERS MUCH PROSPECT FOR VICTORY. VICTORY. THAT HASN’T STOPPED FORMER THAT HASN’T STOPPED FORMER GOVERNOR MARK WELL, AND IT MAY GOVERNOR MARK WELL, AND IT MAY NOT STOP MARK SANFORD, WHO WAS NOT STOP MARK SANFORD, WHO WAS OUSTED FROM CONGRESS IN A OUSTED FROM CONGRESS IN A PRIMARY CHALLENGE LAST YEAR, PRIMARY CHALLENGE LAST YEAR, SAYS HE’S CLOSER TO TAKING ON SAYS HE’S CLOSER TO TAKING ON THE PRESIDENT, DRIVEN MOSTLY BY THE PRESIDENT, DRIVEN MOSTLY BY CONCERN ABOUT THE GROWING DEBT CONCERN ABOUT THE GROWING DEBT AND THE PRESIDENT’S CHARACTER. AND THE PRESIDENT’S CHARACTER. MARK SANFORD JOINS ME NOW. MARK SANFORD JOINS ME NOW. GOVERNOR, WELCOME BACK. GOVERNOR, WELCOME BACK.>>PLEASURE.>>PLEASURE.>>WHY SHOULD WE TAKE THIS IDEA>>WHY SHOULD WE TAKE THIS IDEA SERIOUSLY FROM YOU? SERIOUSLY FROM YOU?>>BECAUSE, A, THE CONVERSATION>>BECAUSE, A, THE CONVERSATION YOU WERE JUST HAVING ON THE YOU WERE JUST HAVING ON THE ECONOMY I THINK VERY MUCH TIES ECONOMY I THINK VERY MUCH TIES INTO THIS. INTO THIS. B, I THINK WE’VE LOST OUR ROOTS B, I THINK WE’VE LOST OUR ROOTS AS REPUBLICANS, AND THERE NEEDS AS REPUBLICANS, AND THERE NEEDS TO BE A CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT TO BE A CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A REPUBLICAN. IT MEANS TO BE A REPUBLICAN. AND A LOT OF FOLKS THAT YOU TALK AND A LOT OF FOLKS THAT YOU TALK TO IN THE POLLS, THE SAME PEOPLE TO IN THE POLLS, THE SAME PEOPLE THAT SAY 86% APPROVE, YOU LOOK THAT SAY 86% APPROVE, YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AND, FOR AT THE NUMBERS AND, FOR INSTANCE, THE LATEST POLL IN NEW INSTANCE, THE LATEST POLL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, ROUGHLY HALF OF THOSE HAMPSHIRE, ROUGHLY HALF OF THOSE FOLKS SAID HE NEEDS TO BE FOLKS SAID HE NEEDS TO BE CHALLENGED BAUDS WE CHALLENGED BAUDS WE CHALLENGED BECAUSE WE NEED TO CHALLENGED BECAUSE WE NEED TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITHIN HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITHIN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.>>WHAT IS THAT CONVERSATION?>>WHAT IS THAT CONVERSATION? HIS CHARACTER AND THE DEBT? HIS CHARACTER AND THE DEBT?>>IT’S MORE THAN JUST THE DEBT.>>IT’S MORE THAN JUST THE DEBT. GOING BACK TO WHAT’S HAPPENING GOING BACK TO WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE ECONOMY AT LARGE IN THIS IN THE ECONOMY AT LARGE IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE WORLD, YOU KNOW, COUNTRY AND THE WORLD, YOU KNOW, WHAT DO WE BELIEVE IN TERMS OF WHAT DO WE BELIEVE IN TERMS OF TRADE? TRADE? IN OTHER WORDS, THERE’S BEEN A IN OTHER WORDS, THERE’S BEEN A RADICAL DEPARTURE FROM WHAT RADICAL DEPARTURE FROM WHAT REPUBLICANS HAVE TRADITIONALLY REPUBLICANS HAVE TRADITIONALLY BELIEVED O THAN ROUTE. BELIEVED O THAN ROUTE. WHAT DO WE BELIEVE ON SPENDING WHAT DO WE BELIEVE ON SPENDING AND DEFICITS? AND DEFICITS? RADICAL DEPARTURE ON THAT FRONT. RADICAL DEPARTURE ON THAT FRONT. AND THE TOPSY TURVY IS WHAT DAY AND THE TOPSY TURVY IS WHAT DAY ARE WE GOING TO GET IN THE WHITE ARE WE GOING TO GET IN THE WHITE HOUSE? HOUSE? BUSINESS, TO MAKE INVESTMENT, BUSINESS, TO MAKE INVESTMENT, NEEDS STABILITY. NEEDS STABILITY.>>YOU PROBABLY AREN’T THE BEST>>YOU PROBABLY AREN’T THE BEST VEHICLE FOR THAT, BUT YOU’RE VEHICLE FOR THAT, BUT YOU’RE DOING IT. DOING IT. IS THERE A BETTER CANDIDATE OUT IS THERE A BETTER CANDIDATE OUT THERE? THERE?>>I’M SURE THERE IS.>>I’M SURE THERE IS. I’M SURE THERE ARE LOTS OF THEM. I’M SURE THERE ARE LOTS OF THEM. BUT THIS CONVERSATION BEGAN THE BUT THIS CONVERSATION BEGAN THE DAY AFTER MY PRIMARY LOSS LAST DAY AFTER MY PRIMARY LOSS LAST JUNE. JUNE. A FRIEND CALLED AND SAID, GOD A FRIEND CALLED AND SAID, GOD JUST CLEARED YOUR CALENDAR FOR A JUST CLEARED YOUR CALENDAR FOR A REASON. REASON. I KNOW WHAT IT IS. I KNOW WHAT IT IS. YOU NEED TO PRIMARY THE YOU NEED TO PRIMARY THE PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT.>>THAT WAS LITERALLY THE FIRST?>>THAT WAS LITERALLY THE FIRST?>>AFTER LOSING.>>AFTER LOSING.>>BECAUSE OF TRUMP.>>BECAUSE OF TRUMP. TRUMP BASICALLY COST YOU TRUMP BASICALLY COST YOU RE-ELECTION. RE-ELECTION.>>I SAID, THAT’S PREPOSTEROUS,>>I SAID, THAT’S PREPOSTEROUS, THAT’S CRAZY. THAT’S CRAZY. BUT THERE’S BEEN A DRUM BEAT BUT THERE’S BEEN A DRUM BEAT FROM PEOPLE I ADMIRE, PEOPLE WHO FROM PEOPLE I ADMIRE, PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CRAZY, SAYING WE NEED TO ARE NOT CRAZY, SAYING WE NEED TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION. HAVE THIS CONVERSATION.>>HERE’S WHAT FORMER STAFFERS>>HERE’S WHAT FORMER STAFFERS AND ALLIES HAVE SAID. AND ALLIES HAVE SAID. MATT MOORE SAYS IT’S ALMOST MATT MOORE SAYS IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO PRIMARY SITTING IMPOSSIBLE TO PRIMARY SITTING PRESIDENT SUCCESSFULLY. PRESIDENT SUCCESSFULLY. YOUR FORMERS SPOKESPERSON SAID YOUR FORMERS SPOKESPERSON SAID IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE THE MOST IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE THE MOST SERIOUS MINDED WAY TO GET BACK SERIOUS MINDED WAY TO GET BACK INTO THE CONVERSATION. INTO THE CONVERSATION. BUT HE CALLS IT DEFINITELY THE BUT HE CALLS IT DEFINITELY THE SPLASHIEST. SPLASHIEST. IS THIS A VANITY PROJECT? IS THIS A VANITY PROJECT?>>ABSOLUTELY NOT.>>ABSOLUTELY NOT. I MEAN, THE IDEA OF GOING OUT I MEAN, THE IDEA OF GOING OUT AND POSSIBLY BEING A HUMAN AND POSSIBLY BEING A HUMAN PINATA IS HARDLY A VANITY PINATA IS HARDLY A VANITY PROJECT. PROJECT.>>THE PRESIDENT WILL GO THROUGH>>THE PRESIDENT WILL GO THROUGH EVERY PERSONAL FOIBLE. EVERY PERSONAL FOIBLE. YOU KNOW THAT. YOU KNOW THAT.>>I’D SAY NO, BUT IT IS A>>I’D SAY NO, BUT IT IS A PROJECT ON BEHALF OF MY FOUR PROJECT ON BEHALF OF MY FOUR SONS. SONS. THE ROUTE WE’RE GOING RIGHT NOW THE ROUTE WE’RE GOING RIGHT NOW NOT ONLY HAS IMPLICATIONS IN NOT ONLY HAS IMPLICATIONS IN TERMS OF REPUBLICAN PARTY GOING TERMS OF REPUBLICAN PARTY GOING FORWARD, BUT REAL IMPLICATIONS FORWARD, BUT REAL IMPLICATIONS IN TERMS OF EVERY YOUNG PERSON’S IN TERMS OF EVERY YOUNG PERSON’S ABILITY TO STAY IN THE AMERICAN ABILITY TO STAY IN THE AMERICAN DREAM. DREAM. IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEBT AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEBT AND RECEIVE IT NUMBERS RIGHT NOW, RECEIVE IT NUMBERS RIGHT NOW, WE’RE IN TROUBLING WATERS THAT WE’RE IN TROUBLING WATERS THAT HAVE NOT ONLY IMPLICATIONS OF HAVE NOT ONLY IMPLICATIONS OF THE ECONOMY HERE AND NOW AND THE ECONOMY HERE AND NOW AND WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT, BUT WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT, BUT FRANKLY THEIR ABILITY TO BUILD FRANKLY THEIR ABILITY TO BUILD WEALTH OVER TIME. WEALTH OVER TIME.>>WHY DO YOU STAY IN THE>>WHY DO YOU STAY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY? REPUBLICAN PARTY?>>BECAUSE I’M A REPUBLICAN.>>BECAUSE I’M A REPUBLICAN. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID, WELL, IF A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID, WELL, IF YOU’RE GOING TO RUN, RUN AS AN YOU’RE GOING TO RUN, RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT. INDEPENDENT. NO, I’M A REPUBLICAN. NO, I’M A REPUBLICAN. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS A GREAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS A GREAT LINEAGE OF HISTORICALLY DOING LINEAGE OF HISTORICALLY DOING SOME GREAT THINGS RIGHT, BUT SOME GREAT THINGS RIGHT, BUT IT’S GONE OFF THE TRACKS OF IT’S GONE OFF THE TRACKS OF LATE. LATE. WE HAVE A PERSONALITY AT ODDS WE HAVE A PERSONALITY AT ODDS WITH THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED WITH THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED FOR YEARS AND YEARS IN THE FOR YEARS AND YEARS IN THE VINEYARD TRYING TO MAKE A VINEYARD TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN ADVANCING THE DIFFERENCE IN ADVANCING THE CONSERVATIVE CAUSE. CONSERVATIVE CAUSE.>>IT’S UNLIKELY YOU WOULD>>IT’S UNLIKELY YOU WOULD SUCCEED IN ACTUALLY WINNING THE SUCCEED IN ACTUALLY WINNING THE NOMINATION. NOMINATION. I MEAN, THE PROCESS IS ALREADY I MEAN, THE PROCESS IS ALREADY BEING — SOME PEOPLE WOULD CALL BEING — SOME PEOPLE WOULD CALL IT RIGGED, BUT HE’S IN CHARGE OF IT RIGGED, BUT HE’S IN CHARGE OF THE PARTY. THE PARTY. THERE MAY NOT EVEN BE A PRIMARY THERE MAY NOT EVEN BE A PRIMARY ALLOWED IN YOUR STATE. ALLOWED IN YOUR STATE. YOU’RE NOT EVEN GOING TO BE YOU’RE NOT EVEN GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE FOR ALLOWED TO COMPETE FOR DELEGATES. DELEGATES. SO WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE SO WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE FOR YOUR CANDIDACY? FOR YOUR CANDIDACY?>>YOU CAN COMPETE FOR IDEAS>>YOU CAN COMPETE FOR IDEAS THOUGH. THOUGH. IF WE BEGIN A NATIONAL IF WE BEGIN A NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON WHERE IN THE CONVERSATION ON WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE WE GOING WITH WORLD ARE WE GOING WITH UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF DEBT, UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF DEBT, UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF DEFICIT UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF DEFICIT GOING FORWARD, UNPRECEDENTED GOING FORWARD, UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF SPENDING, WHERE ARE WE LEVELS OF SPENDING, WHERE ARE WE GOING AS A REPUBLICAN PARTY IN GOING AS A REPUBLICAN PARTY IN TERMS OF WHAT COMES NEXT? TERMS OF WHAT COMES NEXT? IF WE’RE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION IF WE’RE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ON TRATDDE AND WHAT IT MEANS, ON TRATDDE AND WHAT IT MEANS, WHETHER IT’S IMPORTANT IN WHETHER IT’S IMPORTANT IN CHARLESTON OR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE CHARLESTON OR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE OR A HOST OF OTHER PLACES ACROSS OR A HOST OF OTHER PLACES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, I THINK IT’S A THIS COUNTRY, I THINK IT’S A NEEDED DEBATE. NEEDED DEBATE. I THINK THE MORE, THE MERRIER. I THINK THE MORE, THE MERRIER. I’M GLAD BILL WELLS AND OTHERS I’M GLAD BILL WELLS AND OTHERS DO. DO. I’M SURE THERE ARE MUCH BETTER I’M SURE THERE ARE MUCH BETTER CANDIDATES, BUT WE’VE GOT SOFT CANDIDATES, BUT WE’VE GOT SOFT THIS CONVERSATION AS A NATION THIS CONVERSATION AS A NATION AND AS REPUBLICANS. AND AS REPUBLICANS.>>IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU BELIEVE>>IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT HAS HASN’T EARNED THE PRESIDENT HAS HASN’T EARNED RE-ELECTION YET. RE-ELECTION YET.>>NO.>>NO.>>DOES HE DESERVE RE-ELECTION?>>DOES HE DESERVE RE-ELECTION?>>I WOULD SAY NO BECAUSE I>>I WOULD SAY NO BECAUSE I WOULD ARGUE THAT HE’S TAKING US WOULD ARGUE THAT HE’S TAKING US IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. JUST TAKE ONE INDICATOR. JUST TAKE ONE INDICATOR. IF YOU LOOK AT THE BUSINESS IF YOU LOOK AT THE BUSINESS INVESTMENT NUMBERS OVER THE LAST INVESTMENT NUMBERS OVER THE LAST COUPLE MONTH, THEY’VE BEEN COUPLE MONTH, THEY’VE BEEN CRATERING. CRATERING. THAT’S REALITY. THAT’S REALITY. IN PART, THE REASON THEY’RE IN PART, THE REASON THEY’RE CRATERING IS NOBODY KNOWS WHAT’S CRATERING IS NOBODY KNOWS WHAT’S GOING TO COME NEXT IN TERMS OF GOING TO COME NEXT IN TERMS OF TRADE, AND NOBODY KNOWS WHAT’S TRADE, AND NOBODY KNOWS WHAT’S GOING TO COME NEXT OUT OF THE GOING TO COME NEXT OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IN TERMS OF POLICY. WHITE HOUSE IN TERMS OF POLICY. THAT’S NOT THE KIND OF THAT’S NOT THE KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WHERE BUSINESSES ENVIRONMENT WHERE BUSINESSES INVEST. INVEST. SO I THINK THAT THERE ARE ANY SO I THINK THAT THERE ARE ANY NUMBER OF DIFFERENT THINGS WHERE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT THINGS WHERE YOU’D SAY, NO, WE NEED A COURSE YOU’D SAY, NO, WE NEED A COURSE CORRECTION, AND WE NEED TO HAVE CORRECTION, AND WE NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE KOUR A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE KOUR CORRECTION. CORRECTION.>>IF YOU’RE UNSUCCESSFUL, ARE>>IF YOU’RE UNSUCCESSFUL, ARE YOU GOING TO SUPPORT HIM FOR YOU GOING TO SUPPORT HIM FOR PRESIDENT? PRESIDENT?>>YEAH, I’M A REPUBLICAN.>>YEAH, I’M A REPUBLICAN.>>SO YOU REALIZE THOSE TWO>>SO YOU REALIZE THOSE TWO THINGS — YOU JUST SAID YOU THINGS — YOU JUST SAID YOU DON’T THINK HE DESERVES DON’T THINK HE DESERVES RE-ELECTION. RE-ELECTION. HE’S TAKING US IN THE WRONG HE’S TAKING US IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. DIRECTION. BUT YOU’RE STILL GOING TO BE BUT YOU’RE STILL GOING TO BE ABLE TO VOTE FOR HIM OVER JOE ABLE TO VOTE FOR HIM OVER JOE BIDEN? BIDEN?>>EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE IN>>EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE IN POLITICS. POLITICS. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO WARREN, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO WARREN, THE POLICIES THAT SHE LAID OUT THE POLICIES THAT SHE LAID OUT WILL EXACERBATE THE PROBLEM ON WILL EXACERBATE THE PROBLEM ON SPENDING AND THE DEBT AND THE SPENDING AND THE DEBT AND THE DEFICIT. DEFICIT.>>YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT A>>YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT A JOE BIDEN WHO MAY BE TAKING A JOE BIDEN WHO MAY BE TAKING A MORE MODERATE APPROACH? MORE MODERATE APPROACH?>>I’VE NOT SEEN HIM NOT EMBRACE>>I’VE NOT SEEN HIM NOT EMBRACE A LOT OF WHAT SHE’S TALKING A LOT OF WHAT SHE’S TALKING ABOUT. ABOUT. THE PROGRESSIVE WING OF THE THE PROGRESSIVE WING OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS LEADING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS LEADING THE CHARGE. CHARGE. YOU CAN SEE IT IN THE POLLS OF YOU CAN SEE IT IN THE POLLS OF LATE. LATE. SO I’M NOT SEEING A GREAT SO I’M NOT SEEING A GREAT DIFFERENTIATION THERE. DIFFERENTIATION THERE. BUT I MAY BE MISSING IT. BUT I MAY BE MISSING IT.>>WHAT WOULD KEEP YOU FROM>>WHAT WOULD KEEP YOU FROM DOING THIS? DOING THIS? YOU’RE NOT SAYING I’M DEFINITELY YOU’RE NOT SAYING I’M DEFINITELY DOING THIS. DOING THIS. LABOR DAY IS AROUND THE CORNER. LABOR DAY IS AROUND THE CORNER. WHAT WOULD STOP YOU? WHAT WOULD STOP YOU?>>MY FOUR SONS.>>MY FOUR SONS.>>OKAY.>>OKAY.>>IF THEY’RE DECIDEDLY AGAINST>>IF THEY’RE DECIDEDLY AGAINST IT, I WON’T. IT, I WON’T.>>AT THIS POINT?>>AT THIS POINT?>>THEY’RE MIXED.>>THEY’RE MIXED. SOME OF THEM ARE FOR IT, SOME SOME OF THEM ARE FOR IT, SOME ARE AGAINST IT. ARE AGAINST IT. IT IS DAUNTING. IT IS DAUNTING. IT GOES BACK TO WHAT WE JUST IT GOES BACK TO WHAT WE JUST MENTIONED A MOMENT AGO, MENTIONED A MOMENT AGO, BRINGING, DREDGING UP A LOT OF BRINGING, DREDGING UP A LOT OF THINGS THEY DON’T WANT TO DEAL THINGS THEY DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH AND I DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH AND I DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH WITH WITH. WITH.>>IF THIS DOESN’T WORK OUT, ARE>>IF THIS DOESN’T WORK OUT, ARE YOU DONE WITH ELECTED OFFICE? YOU DONE WITH ELECTED OFFICE?>>I THINK SO.>>I THINK SO. TIME TO GO BACK TO THE BUSINESS TIME TO GO BACK TO THE BUSINESS WORLD I USED TO BE A PART OF. WORLD I USED TO BE A PART OF.>>ALL RIGHT.>>ALL RIGHT. MARK SANFORD. MARK SANFORD. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO FIND THIS WHEN ARE WE GOING TO FIND THIS ANSWER OUT? ANSWER OUT? THIS WEEK? THIS WEEK?>>BY LABOR DAY.>>BY LABOR DAY. IT’S CREEPING UP FAST.

20 thoughts on “Full Sanford: Talk Of Presidential Challenge Began The Day I Lost My Primary | Meet The Press

  1. How can you be president when you can’t win your primary? Fiscal Conservatism died when republicans got power and decided to abandon it

  2. I wish Chuck would have asked Sanford how he plans to reduce the National Debt. When a Republican cuts the National Debt, he has to find a way to do it that the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and Grover Norquist would approve of.

  3. Yeah that's because we've told you he's not a Republican. He's an opportunist! And he saw an opportunity to take advantage of the agry white mob. Thats started in the Tea party when a black man was elected President.

  4. There's already a more than qualified and capable challenger. Mark would do best to just endorse Bill Weld and stump for him. In a primary like this, too many challengers would be bad.

  5. What nation is this guy running in to become President? He's talking about running for President, but where? He's been reading nothing but "fiction" books all his life.

  6. Sandford went for a walk, and got lost in Argentina. He should just get lost again. There's a 0% chance that he will win

  7. Wow, he says he will support Trump even though he thinks Trump is taking the country in a wrong direction. Why? Because he's a republican. That was his answer. So I guess you can say for sure, party and politics over our country. That seems to be party line on the right.

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