Mark Sanford will run against Donald Trump for the Republican nomination

MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) and moderator Chuck Todd appear on "Meet the Press" in Washington, D.C., Sunday August 18, 2019. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump.

“I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in,” Sanford said in an interview on Fox News Sunday.

When asked why he was taking on an incumbent who's popular within the party, Sanford said, “I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican. I think that as the Republican Party, we have lost our way.”

The 59-year-old Sanford has long been an outspoken critic of President Trump.

He frequently questioned Trump’s motivations and qualifications during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election and called Trump’s candidacy “a particularly tough pill to swallow.”

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