Sanford mulls 2020 bid, but observers question his motives

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Sanford mulls 2020 bid, but observers question his motives
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., discusses his first months back in Congress during an interview in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Sanford said Tuesday, July 16, 2019 he's pondering a 2020 primary challenge to President Donald Trump, but political observers - and those who know the former governor and congressman well - say it's nothing more than an attempt to keep himself relevant in the wake of his first-ever electoral loss last year. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford is floating the possibility that he will mount an uphill challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.

His motivations were immediately greeted with skepticism from some political observers in South Carolina, who have watched Sanford plot a political comeback before and questioned whether he was merely seeking publicity.

Sanford said Tuesday that he would take the next 30 days to decide if he would run against Trump or possibly start a think tank devoted to fiscal conservatism. He said he was determined to bring the debt and fiscal restraint into the national conversation, and he believed there was more than enough talk about Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and his attacks on political and societal norms.