Amash praises Sanford's possible primary challenge to Trump

Amash praises Sanford's possible primary challenge to Trump
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashThe Hill's Morning Report - Pompeo condemns Iran for 'act of war' while Trump moves with caution Trump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy Amash: 'Bolton never should have been hired' MORE (Mich.) spoke favorably of a potential primary challenge to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE by former Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordThe Hill's Morning Report - Pompeo condemns Iran for 'act of war' while Trump moves with caution The Hill Interview: Sanford says Trump GOP doing 'serious brand destruction' Poll: Bill Weld leads among Trump GOP challengers with 5 percent support MORE (R-S.C.) Wednesday, telling CNN Sanford would be “a great candidate.”

"I know Mark. He's thoughtful, he's humble, he's learned from his mistakes and grown, and I think we really need a person like that in the White House," Amash, who announced on July 4 that he would leave the GOP, told the network.

"My perspective is that the party is lost for quite a while and that this party system is corrosive, and I don't think it can be redeemed anytime soon," Amash added. "But it's good to have voices out there. And the more voices you have, the more likely a miracle could happen."

Amash, who has refused to rule out a third-party presidential run, told CNN he remained more focused on his own district, and said he would not run as Sanford’s running mate. "I don't want to get involved in the Republican primary in that way," he said, according to CNN.

Sanford told the Charleston Post & Courier earlier this week he was considering a primary challenge to Trump in 2020.

“Sometimes in life you’ve got to say what you’ve got to say, whether there’s an audience or not for that message,” Sanford told the paper.

Sanford lost a primary challenge from state Rep. Katie Arrington (R) in 2018 after Trump endorsed Arrington and tweeted that Sanford, a frequent critic of the president, had been “very unhelpful” and “nothing but trouble.” Arrington lost in the 2018 midterms to Rep. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamThe Hill Interview: Sanford says Trump GOP doing 'serious brand destruction' Overnight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe House approves two bills to block Trump drilling MORE (D).