Sanford announces challenge to Trump

Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordGOP presidential challengers condemn decision to host G-7 at Trump resort One person shows up to Trump challenger Mark Sanford's formal 2020 campaign kickoff George Conway donates to Trump challenger Joe Walsh MORE said on Sunday that he will challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE in 2020 as a Republican.

"I’m here to tell you now that I am going to get in," he said on "Fox News Sunday."

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"I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican," Sanford added. "As a Republican Party, we have lost our way."

The former governor also said he was particularly concerned about the debt and deficit spending.

"We have got to have a national conversation and a Republican conversation on where are we going on debt and deficit," he said.

When host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBaier, Bream, Hemmer, Hume, Wallace among interim anchors to fill Shep Smith's 3 PM slot Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage White House officials stand by Syria withdrawal, sanctions delay amid bipartisan pushback MORE told Sanford that he "basically" has "no chance" of defeating Trump, the candidate replied, "I think you probably would have said that same thing to Donald Trump just a matter of months ago as he faced the likes of Jeb Bush and others."

Pressed on whether he believed he had a real chance in 2020, Sanford said, "You never know."

"Let’s go out and force or try and create a conversation on that which is not being talked about in this presidential cycle," he added.

Wallace also questioned Sanford about an extramarital affair that caused a scandal while he was governor.

“I learned a level of humility, a level of empathy that I didn’t have before,” Sanford said. “It is something of great regret. It’s something I’ve apologized extensively for.”

“In contrast to the president, where he says there’s not a single thing that he sort of regrets or apologizes for, I profoundly apologize for that,” he added.

Trump has also been accused of having affairs, notably with adult-film star Stormy Daniels.

Sanford said last week that he was focused on Hurricane Dorian and would wait until after the storm had passed to announce his decision on a White House bid.

He previously said he would give himself until Labor Day to make a choice.

Since announcing his potential White House bid, the former lawmaker has visited New Hampshire and Iowa, causing further speculation that he would launch a campaign.

Sanford could face an uphill battle. The Republican parties in Kansas and Sanford’s home state of South Carolina on Saturday voted to cancel their GOP primaries.

The president has continued to receive support from most Republicans. A recent Morning Consult poll found that 85 percent of them approved of Trump.

Former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldGOP presidential challengers condemn decision to host G-7 at Trump resort One person shows up to Trump challenger Mark Sanford's formal 2020 campaign kickoff George Conway donates to Trump challenger Joe Walsh MORE (R) and former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshGOP presidential challengers condemn decision to host G-7 at Trump resort One person shows up to Trump challenger Mark Sanford's formal 2020 campaign kickoff George Conway accuses Trump of being a 'sociopath' MORE (R-Ill.) are also challenging Trump for the Republican nomination.

This report was last updated at 10:49 a.m.