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Mark Sanford, the former Republican governor of South Carolina, will travel to New Hampshire for private meetings as he considers a run for president.

According to the Associated Press, Sanford will meet with Fergus Cullen and Tom Rath, both prominent Republicans in New Hampshire politics. Sanford’s trip north comes almost a month after he told The Post and Courier that he was considering a presidential run in order to bring attention to fiscal issues.

“I’m a Republican. I think the Republican Party has lost its way on debt, spending and financial matters,” Sanford told The Post and Courier.

A long-time public figure, Sanford became the focus of national attention in 2009 when he disappeared for nearly a week without telling his wife. Upon re-appearing, Sanford admitted that he had used taxpayer money to visit his mistress in Argentina, according to The New York Times.

Sanford’s office told the New York Times in an email that the purpose of the trip was professional, but that he also “made a mistake while I was there in meeting with the woman who I was unfaithful to my wife with.”

In March of 2010, the Associated Press reported that Sanford “agreed to pay $74,000 to settle charges that his travel and campaign spending violated state ethics laws.” Not all of these charges were related to the trip to Argentina.

Sanford also served in the U.S. House of Representatives, but was defeated by Katie Arrington in a primary challenge last year. Arrington then went on to lose the general election to Democratic candidate Joe Cunningham.

At a press conference after the election, Arrington told ABC 4 News that Sanford was partially to blame for her loss.

“We lost because Mark Sanford could not understand that this was about the conservative movement and not him,” said Arrington.

Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts and the 2016 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, remains the only other candidate challenging Trump in the Republican primary at this time. But Weld’s campaign has failed to gain any significant traction in New Hampshire, and he is polling at only 7 percent against Trump, a ten percent decline since April.

“It’s just going to be a joke,” said a man who attended a Weld 2020 campaign event in June, according to the Associated Press. “He’s not going anyplace.”

As reported by US News, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel publicly cautioned potential challengers against primarying President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year. “They will lose horribly,” said McDaniel.

  • Dorian Mach says:

    Mark Sanford lost his way to Argentina. He must be a masochist. Loses in a race for congressman but thinks he can be elected president.

  • Tommy Ryan says:

    I actually like Bill Weld.

    Fiscally Conservative.
    America 1st & ONLY.
    Open to debate the issues & DO SOMETHING about them (not just kowtow to idiotic party standards).

    He turned Boston, MA & the rest of the state around (despite idiots like Elizabeth “Lie-a-watha Faux-cahauntas” Warren, John “Scary” Kerry & over in Vermont; Bernie “Bernout” Sanders trying desperately to screw MA & THE REST OF NEW ENGLAND up).

    I know a few people who have worked with him…& some may STILL.
    I haven’t lived in New England since 2014.
    I only hear decent stuff about the guy.
    I showed interest in his VP hopeful position in 2016, but his runningmate, Mr. Johnson, started acting like a total doofus & messed that up.
    Since then, Gov. Weld hasn’t been taken seriously on a national scale.
    It’s sad to see a decent guy stay out of gear & ONLY idle in neutral…but he’d get a solid buttkicking if he thinks he can derail Pres Trump’s momentum.

    I was just a teenager when Reagan did everything he set out to do…& a 1/4 century passed before someone who could fill those shoes came along (after the disastrous Clinton/W Bush/Obama era).

    President Donald Trump is that man.
    He REPRESENTS & doesn’t claim “leadership”, he sticks to his plan, which truly falls in-line with The US Constitution and The People.

    If Mr. Weld believes that he can carry on with KEEPING America Great (I think it’s possible)…then he should WAIT a while longer…like another 5 years ATLEAST.
    FER GAWD’S SAKE! Don’t throw a shoe in the machine, Ding-dong!

  • Shari Early says:

    At this point I would rather see successful American business people who have shown themselves to be fiscally responsible with American values run for office instead of career politicians being put back in office. Bartenders are off my list of people I would trust in office.

  • Robert Gray says:

    This former Governor should cross the aisle and run as a Democrat. He would fit right in that that bunch of losers. He has a good track record. Liar and cheat.

  • Carl says:

    This guy is a RINO, this is just a plot to take votes away from Trump. Think about it why would a republican go against Trump after all he has done.

  • Patriot1951 says:

    Don’t waste your money, RINO Sanford.

  • CF