The former South Carolina representative is considering supporting Trump for the Republican primary, and told NBC on Sunday in "Meet the Press" that the president does not deserve to be re-elected because Trump landed in the country US takes "wrong direction." Sanford said there must be a "course correction".
But when it comes to voting for Trump or a Democrat, Sanford said he must support the president.
"Yes, I'm a Republican," Sanford said. "Everything is relative in politics," he added.
Sanford lost its main race last year after criticizing Trump. The president endorsed Sanford's opponent, Republican Katie Arrington, hours before the end of the election and attacked him in a tweet for "being very unhelpful for me in my campaign for MAGA." Arrington later lost the election to Democrat Joe Cunningham.
In July, Sanford told CNNs Brianna Keilar that he was considering a possible candidacy. He said that "there has been no discussion these days about debt, deficits, and government spending in Washington," and that would be a focus of his candidacy.
At the time, South Carolina Republican Party chairman Drew McKissick said in a statement, "The last time Mark Sanford had such a stupid idea, it killed his governorship, which makes about as much sense like this trip up the Appalachian Trail. "
In 2009, then Governor Sanford disappeared for a few days, telling the public that he was wandering the Appalachian Trail. Later he admitted to having had an extramarital affair in Argentina.
If Sanford decides to race, he will join the former state of Massachusetts Bill Weld, who announced in April that he officially entered the race against Trump in 2020.
Sanford was a frequent critic of the president. After shooting down on Republican Congressional training in 2017, Sanford told MSNBC that Trump "is partly to blame for demons unleashed in American politics." He told Politico Magazine the same year that Trump had "ignited the flames of intolerance" and said it was "confusing" that "facts do not matter" with Trump.