1. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Sanford, (R) Presidential Candidate:
"Mark Sanford. And after a lot of thinking praying and talking to friends I've decided to throw my hat in the ring and will run for president in the Republican primary. I don't know what will come of it but I believe what's happening in Washington needs challenging. We're headed toward the most predictable financial crisis in the history of our country and we've never been as financially vulnerable save for the start of our republic, the Civil War and World War Two. I can't sit on the sidelines and not speak up and all of us should find a way to make our voices heard. It's the only thing that can change things in Washington. My focus on debt and spending is not to suggest that other issues are important. They are. It's also not to suggested that I don't have other differences with the president. I do and my comments are well chronicled. It's just to say that in a long shot effort, it's best to focus and so I will in pointing out how important is that we change our course and debt and spending. Democrats aren't talking about it and instead or in a daily competition of more vs. more at the presidential level. The president himself has called himself the king of debt and ruled out action on the very things that drive our debt and spending. As Republicans, I believe it's vital that we debate what has historically been a cornerstone belief that it wasn't right to hand to our kids the bill for our government expenses. That you couldn't spend more than you took him forever. And that being conservative on money matters made common sense."
Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, joined the Republican race against President Donald Trump on Sunday, aiming to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he pursues an admittedly remote path to the presidency.
Sanford said in his campaign announcement video that the United States is headed toward the "most predictable financial crisis" in the country's history. He criticized Democrats and President Trump for ignoring the national debt.
Sanford joins Joe Walsh, a former tea-party-backed, one-term congressman from Illinois, and Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, as primary challengers to Trump.
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