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‘A big storm’ is coming, warns Mark Sanford, as he considers contesting Trump in 2020

August 16, 2019

Mark Sanford—the former South Carolina Republican governor (2003-2011) and representative (1996-2001) who vanished for a week in 2009 and subsequently confessed to an extramarital affair—has announced that he is considering mounting a challenge to President Donald Trump in 2020, CNN reports.

There’s a big storm coming,” Sanford says in a campaign-style video released on August 12, adding that America is “in the most precarious financial position” and “not dealing with it could crush our economy, it could wipe out whatever we’ve saved, it could even destroy our republic.”

The former congressman has been privately considering whether to run since leaving office in January. Sanford’s presidential bid would be a long-shot against Trump, who has an  88% approval rating among Republican voters, according to the Gallup Presidential Job Approval Center..

Sanford told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he’s been encouraged to run for president by people who “have said we need to have a conversation about what it means to be a Republican.”

He suggested that South Carolina voters are weary of “the bully in the schoolyard routine” from Trump. “So I think something is afoot both on the financial front and frankly on the tone and tenor front,” he told CNN.

In fact, he told the cable news network, “I just got through watching two Democratic debates that offered little more than a long laundry list of new political promises that we can’t afford. [Then] … I listen to the president, who rules out action on the very things that drive our debt and spending.”

Sanford says some have suggested an advocacy group, while “others have suggested running in the Republican primary against the President as a way of elevating the issue and changing the debate.”

Sanford lost his primary race in 2018, running as a “Never Trumper” for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Should he decide to run, Sanford also would take on former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, who announced in April that he was officially entering the race, as a Republican to take on Trump in 2020.

Sanford has said he expects to make his decision by September.

Research contact: @CNNPolitics

He’s in it to win it: Biden enters presidential race

April 26, 2019

After months of hesitation and deliberation, former Vice President Joe Biden (D-Delaware) announced in a video posted at 6 a.m. on April 25 that he will run for the U.S. presidency to defend “the core values of this nation,” as well as America’s standing in the world at large.

This will be the 76-year-old’s third run for the highest office in the land, after spending eight years in the White House as President Obama’s ballast and sidekick. That relationship, alone, gives Biden an advantage: Access to the email supporter lists that drove the winning campaigns of 2008 and 2012.

Now, Biden becomes the 20th Democrat to enter the 2020 race—and enters as a high-profile candidate, with 36 years of experience in the U.S.Senate  and national politics.

Biden opened his video with a quote from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

“We haven’t always lived up to these ideals. [Thomas] Jefferson himself didn’t. But we’ve never before walked away from them,” Biden said in the video.

Biden went on to compare Jefferson’s hometown at that time—Charlottesville, in Albemarle County, Virginia—with values it is identified with today, after the deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters that occurred there in August 2017. He quoted President Donald Trump, referring to the president’s “very fine people on both sides” quote in the wake of the death of Heather Heyer at that march.

“In that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime,” Biden said, according to Politico. “I wrote at the time that we’re in a battle for the soul of this nation. Well, that’s even more true to today.”

Biden said that “history will look back, on four years of this president and all he embraces, as an aberrant moment in time. But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation — who we are — and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”

According to a report by ABCNews.Go, he will hold his first event as a candidate at a union hall in Pittsburgh on April 29. Following his formal announcement, Biden’s first television interview will take place on ABC’s “The View” on April 26.

According to ABC News, Biden’s campaign will focus on three major pillars—rebuilding the middle class (“the backbone of this country”); demonstrating respected leadership on the world stage; and making democracy more inclusive, by fixing campaign finance, voting rights, and gerrymandering.

Over the next few weeks, Biden will take that message on the road to early voting states, including Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada, California and New Hampshire, before returning to Pennsylvania for a final kickoff event on May 18 in Philadelphia, with remarks focusing on “Unifying America,” according to Biden’s campaign website.

According to the latest Morning Consult/Politico poll numbers, Biden currently is leading the Democratic race with 30% of voters polled. He is followed by Bernie Sanders (24%), Pete Buttigieg (9%), and Kamala Harris (8%).

Research contact: @Joe Biden