Possible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat

Former South Carolina Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordTrump challengers pen joint op-ed blasting states for canceling GOP primaries Poll: Trump approval dips among Republicans The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same MORE (R), who is weighing a primary bid against President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE, said on Sunday that he would vote for the president over a Democrat even though he said Trump doesn't deserve reelection.

NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddKrystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas GOP senator on gun reform: Trump needs to 'set some guidelines' on what he'll sign White House says Trump pressing forward amid escalation of China trade war MORE asked Sanford on "Meet the Press" if he believes Trump has earned reelection. 

"I would say no, because I would argue he's taking us in the wrong direction," Sanford replied. 

But, Sanford said he would still vote Trump over the Democratic nominee. 

"I am a core Republican," Sanford said. 


"You just said you don't think he deserves reelection, but you're still going to be able to vote for him over Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden bemoans white supremacy in remarks at civil rights movement site Gun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate MORE?" Todd asked.

"Everything is relative in politics," Sanford said.

Sanford said the former vice president has embraced many of the progressive policies of his Democratic primary opponents, like Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' Democrats spar over electoral appeal of 'Medicare for All' MORE (D-Mass.)

"I'm not seeing a great differentiation there, but I may be missing it." 

Sanford made a similar argument in saying he would not consider running as an independent, even though he added that he understands the difficulty in challenging a sitting president in a primary. 

"A lot of people said, 'If you're going to run, run as an independent.' I said no. I'm a Republican. The Republican Party has a lineage of historically doing some great things, but it's gone off the tracks as of late," Sanford said. 

He also admitted he is likely not the strongest candidate to mount a challenge against Trump, saying "I'm sure there are a bunch" of better options. 

Sanford lost a Republican gubernatorial primary, largely due to criticism from Trump. 

But if he chooses to run, it is not a "vanity project," he said.

"The idea of going out and possibly being a human piñata is hardly a vanity project," Sanford said. 

"What does success look like for you?" Todd asked.

"You can compete for ideas, if we began a national conversation on where are we going.. where are we going with the Republican Party in terms of what comes next," Sanford responded.